Sabres Call Up Defenseman

The Buffalo Sabres were dealt a tough blow when Henri Jokiharju left Thursday's game early after taking a puck to the face. At the time of this writing, an update on his injury has not been provided. Yet, it appears that the 23-year-old might be forced to miss some time, as the Sabres have called up Lawrence Pilut. 

The Sabres are off to a hot start in 2022-23, so they will be hoping that Jokiharju won't have to miss too much time. He emerged as an important piece of their blueline last season and has played well this season thus far. 

Although we certainly want Jokiharju to be okay, we can't ignore that this is also a prime opportunity for Pilut to show that he deserves a full-time NHL spot, too. The 26-year-old returned to the Sabres after a few seasons overseas and is now getting his first chance with Buffalo this season. In 46 career NHL games, he has a goal and five assists.

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