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Kyle Okposo | Winger | #21

Team: Buffalo Sabres
Age / DOB:  (29) / 4/16/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 220
College: Minnesota
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 1 (7) / NYI
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Kyle Okposo (illness) will play in Tuesday's game against the Golden Knights.
Okposo has missed the last two games because of the illness. The winger is off to a rough start this season, as he has no goals, no points and a minus-6 rating in four games this season. "Basically sitting in a hotel room for 2 1/2 straight days is not good stuff," Okposo said. "It's good to feel like a human being again being out and about and resuming normal activities." Oct 17 - 3:47 PM

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Kyle Okposo (illness) may be back in the lineup on Tuesday night.

Okposo has missed the last two games due to an illness. "He's feeling better," said coach Phil Housley. "He's able to keep some food down, rode the bike today. He's moving in a good direction."
Oct 16 - 10:06 AM

Buffalo Sabres head coach Phil Housley has announced that Kyle Okposo will not play tonight against the LA Kings due to an illness.

Housley also stated that the illness has nothing to due with the illness that caused Okposo to miss the remaining portion of last season. Matt Moulson will play in his spot alongside Ryan O'Reilly and Evander Kane.
Oct 14 - 3:32 PM

Kyle Okposo (illness) is expected to play in Thursday's game against the San Jose Sharks.

Okposo didn't take part in the morning skate, but he's taking line rushes during the pre-game warmup. He's skating on a line with Ryan O'Reilly and Evander Kane. Okposo has no points and a minus-6 rating in three games this season.
Oct 12 - 10:21 PM

Kyle Okposo is questionable for Thursday's game due to an illness.

Okposo was too sick to practice on Thursday, but it will come down to how he feels around game time. He has no points in three contests this season.
Oct 12 - 5:20 PM

Kyle Okposo was moved to a line with Sam Reinhart and Benoit Pouliot at Sunday's practice.

Seth Griffith replaced Okposo alongsinde Ryan O'Reilly and Zemgus Girgensons. "Everybody has a responsibility, individually, to bring what they can bring to the line," coach Phil Housely said. "I thought we needed to change it up a little bit. I don't have right now the lines we'll go with (Monday) but certainly there will be changes if we don't feel we're getting proper execution."
Oct 9 - 9:50 AM

Kyle Okposo will be back on the ice with his Buffalo teammates on Friday.

Okposo missed the end of the 2016-17 campaign after he suffered a concussion and an adverse reaction to the resulting medication put him in the hospital. "There's times when things weren't going very well that definitely I thought I might not play again," the 29-year-old admitted. "I'm happy to say that those thoughts are out the window now, and I feel confident that I'm 100 percent and good to go. It was a long road and definitely some scary times, but I'm just happy to be here and happy that I don't have any worries at all, any concerns. I'm looking forward to hopefully being better than I ever have been."
Sep 14 - 2:23 PM

Kyle Okposo is looking forward to playing in 2017-18 after his "scary" battle with concussion-related symptoms last season.

Okposo said that he began to lose weight and had trouble sleeping after what he felt was a routine hit during a practice. He played through the symptoms for a game before his condition got worse, resulting in him spending a week in Buffalo General Hospital's Neuro Surgical ICU. There was a point during his battle where he questioned if he would get better, but fortunately that's all behind him now. "It was obviously a tough situation, a tough road," Okposo said. "I'm just happy to be back and happy to be able to play again, and play at a high level."
Sep 6 - 1:52 PM

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

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."
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.
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."
Apr 7 - 2:35 PM

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All Positions
C1Jack Eichel
2Ryan O'Reilly
3Johan Larsson
4Jacob Josefson
5Evan Rodrigues
LW1Evander Kane
2Zemgus Girgensons
3Benoit Pouliot
4Matt Moulson
RW1Kyle Okposo
2Sam Reinhart
3Jason Pominville
4Justin Bailey
5Seth Griffith
6Jordan Nolan
D1Rasmus Ristolainen
2Zach Bogosian
3Nathan Beaulieu
4Jake McCabe
5Marco Scandella
6Josh Gorges
7Victor Antipin
8Matt Tennyson
G1Robin Lehner
2Chad Johnson