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Kyle Okposo | Winger | #21

Team: Buffalo Sabres
Age / DOB:  (29) / 4/16/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 218
College: Minnesota
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 1 (7) / NYI
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Kyle Okposo said he's healthy and ready for the 2017-18 season.
Okposo was admitted to Buffalo General Medical Center on April 2 to be treated for the effects of a concussion. "I've worked with a lot of different people -- concussion experts and people who have dealt with concussions themselves -- and I feel confident in the fact that I can play hockey again," Okposo stated in an open letter to the fans. "In fact, I know I can play again. I know I can play and not worry about hitting my head, which is a major hurdle for someone who's dealt with this. If I didn't feel 100 percent right now, that probably wouldn't be the case." He had a reaction to the medication he was taking and spent some time at the Neuro Surgical ICU to get stabilized. Okposo took part in a summer game in July and he will be on the ice for training camp. Jul 24 - 6:42 PM
Source: NHL.com

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Kyle Okposo, who missed the end of the 2016-17 campaign, participated in an exhibition game on Wednesday.

Okposo reportedly suffered a concussion and then had a reaction to the medication he was taking, which resulted in him being hospitalized and put in the neurological intensive care unit. It's great to see that Okposo has recovered to the point where he's able to play again. "It was pretty scary when that news came out [he was hospitalized], everyone was pretty concerned and wished him the best," said Islanders Brock Nelson, who was also participating in the game. "But I've seen him a lot this summer and he seems to be doing well, which is good, and it was good to see him back out there [Wednesday], too. Everyone's out there having fun. It was good to see him on the ice again and hopefully this helps him get ready for the fall and we look forward to seeing him out there again."
Source: NHL.com
Jul 20 - 1:08 PM

Kyle Okposo is expected to be ready for the start of training camp, according to GM Jason Botterill.

Okposo was in the neurological intensive care unit after he had a reaction to medication he was taking for a concussion. "We've had conversation with him. Everything's looking great from Kyle," Botterill said. "He physically looks great and mentally looks great." This is great news for the Sabres and Okposo.
Jun 15 - 9:40 PM

Kyle Okposo reportedly visited the Sabres' facility for the first time since he was hospitalized.

The Buffalo Sabres haven't disclosed the nature of Okposo's condition and haven't been providing updates about his status. However, a previous report stated that Okposo had a concussion and then had a reaction to the medication he was given, which led to him being sent to the neurological intensive care unit. Fortunately, Okposo is reportedly in good spirits and showing signs of improvement. However, there isn't a timetable for when he'll resume skating.
Source: CBC.ca
Jun 4 - 1:51 PM

Kyle Okposo had a concussion, per teammate William Carrier.

Okposo reportedly had a reaction to the medication he was given due to the injury and that's what resulted in him heading to the neurological intensive care unit. When that incident originally happened, the Sabres released a statement saying, "Kyle continues to be under the care of our doctors as he deals with symptoms from an illness. Out of respect to Kyle and his family, we will have no further comment at this time." Since then Buffalo has offered no further updates. On a positive note, Okposo is reportedly doing better and might be fine by the start of training camp.
May 12 - 2:25 PM

Buffalo coach Dan Bylsma didn't have an update on Kyle Okposo's condition when he talked to the media on Monday.

Okposo's last appearance of the season came on Mar. 27 because of an illness that sent him to the neuro intensive care unit at Buffalo General Medical Center. Bylsma couldn't even say if Okposo would be ready for the start of the 2017-18 campaign. Perhaps the team will have more to say on the matter soon.
Apr 11 - 10:18 AM

Kyle Okposo has reportedly been released from Buffalo General Hospital where he spent time at the Neuro Surgical ICU.

Okposo was hospitalized for five days. Keep in mind that none of this has been confirmed by the Sabres, so we'll have to wait to see what the team says. The last Sabres statement was on Wednesday and it read: "Kyle continues to be under the care of our doctors as he deals with symptoms from an illness. Out of respect to Kyle and his family, we will have no further comment at this time."
Source: WIVB.com
Apr 7 - 2:35 PM

Kyle Okposo is reportedly showing signs of improvement from his undisclosed illness.

Okposo was reportedly hospitalized and is in intensive care at the Neuro Surgical ICU at Buffalo General Hospital. He's spent the last five days in the hospital and there's no timetable for when he might be released. The Buffalo Sabres made the following statement on Wednesday: "Kyle continues to be under the care of our doctors as he deals with symptoms from an illness. Out of respect to Kyle and his family, we will have no further comment at this time." The Sabres haven't provided updates since that date. We wish Okposo all the best in his recovery.
Source: USA Today
Apr 7 - 2:21 PM

The Buffalo Sabres have not announced that Kyle Okposo has been hospitalized yet.

The team released a statement on Wednesday after it was reported by multiple sources that Okposo was in the neuro surgical intensive care unit at Buffalo General Hospital. "Kyle continues to be under the care of our doctors as he deals with symptoms from an illness," the Sabres said in a statement. "Out of respect to Kyle and his family, we will have no further comment at this time." The situation will probably become clearer soon and more importantly we are hoping for a speedy recovery for Okposo.
Source: TSN.ca
Apr 6 - 8:41 AM

Kyle Okposo has been hospitalized and is in intensive care at the Neuro Surgical ICU at Buffalo General Hospital.

Paul Hamilton of WGR-AM 550 reported it first and The Buffalo News has confirmed it. That suggests Okposo could be dealing with an issue such as a stroke, brain hemorrhage, trauma or a tumor. "It's a difficult thing for him to be dealing with now in this situation," coach Dan Bylsma said. "Very, as a coach and a person, concerned for him and his situation. He's seeing our doctors and done some tests." The Sabres will probably reveal more about the situation soon. We wish him the best and hope he has a speedy recovery.
Apr 5 - 8:37 PM

Kyle Okposo (illness) isn't expected to play in Buffalo's last three games of the regular season.

He was already ruled out for Wednesday's game because of a mystery illness that has lingered for more than a week. Okposo went through some testing on Tuesday to determine what is making him feel so ill.
Apr 5 - 11:17 AM

Kyle Okposo (illness) won't play Wednesday night.

"Kyle's still dealing with sickness and illness," coach Dan Bylsma said. "He has gone through some testing with our docs just trying to get more information about it." Bylsma mentioned earlier in the week that Okposo is not suffering from mumps. He hasn't played since Mar. 27 because of the mystery ailment.
Apr 4 - 6:32 PM

Kyle Okposo (illness) won't return to the lineup on Monday.

Coach Dan Bylsma said that Okposo "is still under the weather and not able to play." This will be the third straight game he has missed.
Apr 3 - 4:26 PM

Kyle Okposo will miss Sunday's match with the Islanders due to illness.

Per Coach Dan Bylsma, "Kyle is sick and ill right now and hasn’t really recovered from it at this point in time." Okposo has 19 goals and 45 points in 65 matches this season. Consider him day-to-day, for now.
Apr 1 - 1:25 PM

Kyle Okposo (illness) didn't take part in Thursday's practice.

He didn't play on Tuesday because of an illness. The Sabres don't play until Sunday, so Okposo still has plenty of time to recover.
Mar 31 - 8:31 AM

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PosRoleName
C1Jack Eichel
2Ryan O'Reilly
3Johan Larsson
4Evan Rodrigues
5Jacob Josefson
6Zemgus Girgensons
7Sean Malone
LW1Evander Kane
2Alexander Nylander
3Matt Moulson
4Benoit Pouliot
5Nicolas Deslauriers
6C.J. Smith
RW1Kyle Okposo
2Sam Reinhart
3Jason Pominville
4Justin Bailey
5Nicholas Baptiste
D1Rasmus Ristolainen
2Zach Bogosian
3Nathan Beaulieu
4Jake McCabe
5Marco Scandella
6Josh Gorges
7Viktor Antipin
8Matt Tennyson
9Justin Falk
G1Robin Lehner
2Chad Johnson
3Linus Ullmark