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Buffalo Sabres sign 2012 7th-round pick, D Brady Austin, to 3-year contract

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Buffalo Sabres signed prospect defenceman Brady Austin to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Austin, 6-foot-3 and 234 pounds, was selected by the Sabres in the seventh round of the 2012 draft. He is coming off a career season in which he had nine goals and 24 assists in 67 games split between Belleville and London in the Ontario Hockey League.

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The signing was announced Thursday. NHL teams have until Sunday to sign their 2012 draft picks to retain their rights.