Canadiens acquire forward Filip Cederqvist from Sabres

Habs GM Ken Hughes gives up future considerations for 6-foot-3, 208-pound left-winger who is 23 years old and has been playing in AHL.

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Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes made a minor trade Thursday, acquiring forward Filip Cederqvist from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for future considerations.

The Canadiens also announced that forward Rafaël Harvey-Pinard will return to the lineup Thursday against the San Jose Sharks at the Bell Centre (7 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio, 98.5 FM) after missing the last 24 games with a lower-body injury. In the 13 games he has played his season, Harvey-Pinard has no goals and four assists. Harvey-Pinard will take Emil Heineman’s spot in the lineup.

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The Sabres selected Cederqvist — a 6-foot-3, 208-pound left-winger from Sweden — in the fifth round (143rd overall) of the 2019 NHL Draft. The 23-year-old has yet to play a game in the NHL.

In 19 games this season with the AHL’s Rochester Americans, Cederqvist has 1-3-4 totals. Last season with the Americans, he posted 9-11-20 totals in 55 games.

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“I was a little bit nervous, but I know my abilities, too,” Cederqvist said in his end-of-season interview last year on the Americans’ website. “It’s a hard league, for sure. Very different compared to home. So it’s been a really great experience this year.

“I had a lot of injuries, so it’s been a bit of a battle,” he added.

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When asked what part of his game he improved most last season, Cederqvist said it was his skating.

“I think playing fast, too,” he said on he Americans’ website. “The game is so much faster here, so playing the puck faster and making faster decisions is something I’ve been improving too.”

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