BUFFALO, NY- The Buffalo Sabres have signed defenseman Viktor Antipin to a one-year entry level contract.

"Victor is a well-rounded defenseman who has played in all situations at the pro level," according to Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill. "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 is a major addition to the Sabres blue line, which was one of the worst in hockey last season. He should immediately contend for a spot in the top four on defense.

The 5'11", 179-pound defenseman appeared in 59 games with Metallurg Magnitogorsk (KHL) in the 2016-17 season, registering 24 points (6 goals, 18 assists).

Antipin has been a member of Magnitogorsk for the last seven seasons, finishing with 98 points in 266 regular-season games and 37 points in 79 playoff games.

Antipin was named the best player of the IIHF World Championship matchup between Russia and the United States.