The Buffalo Sabres have resigned defenseman Jake McCabe to a three-year contract worth $4.8 million. He’ll be paid $1.25M in 2016 and $1.775M in both 2017 and 2018.
McCabe, who was selected in the second round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, has shown signs of promise in his time as a Sabre, playing 77 games with the team in 2015-16 and recording 14 points. McCabe also finished with a +6 plus-minus rating, one of the few positive plus-minus ratings on the team.
He has proven that he can be a leader for the team in the future. The 22-year-old defenseman captained the United States Men’s hockey team to a gold medal at the 2013 World Junior Championships.
McCabe, along with Rasmus Ristolainen, Zach Bogosian and Dmitry Kulikov, is a member of the young defensive core being built by the Sabres. Ideally, these players will develop into the team’s top four for the next five to six years, so locking McCabe up to a contract now is a smart move on behalf of general manager Tim Murray.
McCabe is just one of many young players with loads of potential that the Sabres have on their roster. McCabe continuing to develop and receive a contract extension proves that the Sabres rebuild is going as planned, and the team may be making a push for the playoffs sooner rather than later.