The Buffalo Sabres announced Wednesday the team signed defenseman Matt Donovan to a one-year contract.
Donovan (age 25, 6'1", 205 pounds) completed his first full season on an NHL roster in 2014-15, appearing in 12 games with the New York Islanders. A native of Edmond, Oklahoma, he was selected by the Islanders in the fourth round (96th overall) of the 2008 NHL Draft and has appeared in 67 NHL games in parts of three seasons, totaling 19 points (2 goals, 17 assists) and 26 penalty minutes.
In addition to his NHL experience, Donovan has appeared in 180 games and recorded 119 points (32/87) and a plus-37 rating in four AHL seasons with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. He also represented the U.S. at the 2014 World Championship and won gold with Team USA at the 2010 World Junior Championship.
The Buffalo Sabres signed forward Jason Akeson to a one-year contract.
Akeson (age 24, 5'10", 190 pounds) appeared in 15 games for the Philadelphia Flyers during the past three seasons, tallying a goal and an assist and a plus-2 rating. A native of Ottawa, Ontario, he also played for the Adirondack Phantoms (AHL) for four seasons, three of which were under the tutelage of current Sabres assistant coach Terry Murray. In 265 games for the Phantoms, Akeson tallied 225 points (81/144) and 120 penalty minutes.
Before his professional career, Akeson scored 254 points (68/186) in 201 games for the Kitchener Rangers (OHL) from 2007-08 to 2010-11. He was named the OHL's Overage Player of the Year and Most Sportsmanlike Player in 2011 after he led the league in points (108) and assists (84) during the 2010-11 season.