The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team signed defenseman Jake McCabe to a three-year contract extension. They also signed forward Cole Schneider to a one-year, two-way contract.
In his first full NHL season in 2015-16, McCabe (age 22, 6'0", 214 pounds) recorded 14 points (4 goals, 10 assists) in 77 games and led all Sabres with a plus-6 rating. His average ice time of 19:07 per game ranked him 11th among all NHL rookies and his 14 points tied for eighth-most among rookie defensemen.
McCabe, who has appeared in 86 NHL games during parts of the past three seasons, has totaled 15 career points (4/11), a plus-3 rating and 66 penalty minutes since being selected by the Sabres in the second round (44th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft. Prior to joining the Sabres full-time, he spent most of the 2014-15 season with the Rochester Americans (AHL), where he led all Rochester defensemen in points per game as rookie with 29 points (5/24) in 57 games.
A native of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, McCabe has represented the U.S. several times throughout his career, including two IIHF World Championship appearances (2014 and 2016). He captained the U.S. to a gold medal at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship, where he was named to the tournament's all-star team and was also on the team that won the 2011 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.
A native of Williamsville, Schneider (age 25, 6'1", 198 pounds) appeared in his first two NHL games in April with the Sabres. He finished the 2015-16 season leading all Rochester Americans (AHL) skaters with 56 points (21/35) in 73 games, including 14 points (4/10) in 19 games with the Americans after being acquired by the Sabres from the Ottawa Senators on Feb. 27.
In six AHL seasons with the Americans and the Binghamton Senators, Schneider has appeared in 282 regular-season games, recording 205 points (87/118), a plus-15 rating and 126 penalty minutes. He has totaled more than 20 goals and more than 50 points in each of his past three seasons.