Sabres sign KHL defenseman Victor Antipin

24-year-old should be in the mix for a top-four spot on the Sabres' defense corps

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Sabres have added some much-needed depth to the blue line, signing 24-year-old KHL defenseman Victor Antipin to a one-year entry level contract, the maximum term allowed under the CBA.

Antipin is a 5’11, left-shot, puck-moving defenseman who played in 59 games with Metallurg Magnitogorsk this past season, where he put up 24 points in the regular season and 11 points in 18 playoff games. He is a native of Kazakhstan and becomes the first Kazakh defenseman to play in the NHL.

“Victor is a well-rounded defenseman who has played in all situations at the pro level,” Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill said. “His mobility and puck-moving skills make him a perfect match for what we’re hoping to build with our defense corps next season.”

Antipin has played internaitonally for Russia in the past three World Championships. He now joins a thin Sabres defense corps that could use his offensive-minded approach. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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