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Kyle Okposo | Winger | #21

Team: Buffalo Sabres
Age / DOB:  (28) / 4/16/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 217
College: Minnesota
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 1 (7) / NYI
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Kyle Okposo loves the potential of the Sabres.
"I think there's a lot of room to improve and the upside of this team is extremely high," Okposo said. "I've been through a rebuild before early in my career and have seen it come to kind of a fruition you can say. And there is light at the end of the tunnel and for this team I think it could come a lot quicker than my experiences with the Islanders just because of how talented the group is and how hard we work. So I'm really looking forward to that." He doesn't feel any additional pressure after he inked a seven-year, $42 million contract in the summer with Buffalo. Okposo is expected to bring some depth scoring and on-ice leadership to the team in 2016-17. Sep 23 - 7:41 AM

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Kyle Okposo sees similarities between Jack Eichel and John Tavares.

"Obviously, I don't know Jack's game as well as I knew Johnny's from playing with him, but I see a lot of similarities in the hype and the skill set and some of the things that he does out there from when Johnny was 18," Okposo said. "I know where Johnny's career path went, and I know how he worked and how hard it was for him to get there. Just looking forward to maybe saying a couple things to Jack or sharing some of those experiences with him and just trying to help him grow." Okposo might also end up on a line with Eichel, just as he was with Tavares. Okposo signed a seven-year, $42 million contract with Buffalo, which puts him in a position to be a central figure as the Sabres attempt to transition from a rebuilding squad to a competitive one.
Jul 8 - 4:14 AM

It is not clear if newly-signed Kyle Okposo will play on a line with Ryan O'Reilly or Jack Eichel.

In either case, Okposo will be playing alongside a very talented pivot. The Sabres, who will now press hard to sign Jimmy Vesey, will boast a very talented top six. The top two units will feature some combination of Okposo, Evander Kane, Eichel, O'Reilly, Sam Reinhart and probably Vesey. Not a bad place for Okposo to land.
Jul 2 - 9:25 AM

After signing a seven-year, $42 million contract, Kyle Okposo will reunite with Matt Moulson in Buffalo.

The pair played a little over four seasons together and share a strong bond on and off the ice. Moulson is Godfather to Okposo's daughter, while Okposo is Godfather to Moulson's son. It will be interesting to see if the reunion will give a jump to Moulson's stats seeing him only able to score eight times in 81 games last season.
Jul 1 - 7:36 PM

Kyle Okposo didn't have any negotiations with the Islanders towards the end of the season.

Okposo ended up signing a seven-year, $42 million contract. He's projected to play alongside Jack Eichel in Buffalo after working with John Tavares. At the age of 28, it's not unreasonable to believe that Okposo has seven good years left in him, although obviously any long-term deal comes with a degree of risk.
Jul 1 - 6:38 PM

Kyle Okposo has inked a seven year/$42 million deal with the Buffalo Sabres.

Okposo will go from playing the wing with John Tavares to playing alongside Jack Eichel. He had 22 goals and 64 points in 79 games and will likely do just as well with the Sabres. Draft him accordingly.
Jul 1 - 12:26 PM

The Buffalo Sabres will reportedly sign Kyle Okposo.

Such an agreement can't be official until noon ET, so we'll have to wait a little longer to find out of this signing will actually happen. It will be a nice boost for the Sabres if it's true, especially given the top-six talent they're already compiling. Okposo had 22 goals and 64 points in 79 games last season.
Jul 1 - 11:36 AM

There's plenty of interest in potential free agent Kyle Okposo.

Okposo will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st. Now that all teams are allowed to talk to free agents, there's reportedly many inquiring about Okposo. According to Arthur Staple, Winnipeg, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Detroit, Buffalo and Florida are all reportedly interested in his services. The 28-year-old had 22 goals and 64 points in 79 games in 2015-16. He'll command a long term deal and a lot of money.
Jun 26 - 6:29 PM

Expect a lot of interest in unrestricted free agent Kyle Okposo.

The veteran can listen to offers from NHL teams on Saturday and we know of at least five squads that are allegedly rather keen on signing the winger to a new deal. Detroit, St. Louis, Winnipeg, L.A. and Minnesota are said to be in on Okposo. Stay tuned.
Jun 25 - 11:45 AM

Kyle Okposo (as well as every other pending free agent) can listen to offers from the other 29 teams as of 12:01 AM Saturday.

It's very unlikely that Okposo will return to the Islanders so there should be a lineup at his front door. While nothing will be official until July 1 when contracts expire, Okposo and his agent could quickly come to an agreement with another team. The talented winger had 22 goals and 64 points in 79 games last season and that production will come in handy for any NHL team as well as poolies.
Jun 25 - 8:46 AM

Kyle Okposo is likely to hit the open market on July 1.

"All indications are that we're headed to free agency with Kyle," said Okposo's agent, Pat Brisson, on Monday. The 28-year-old winger scored 22 goals and 64 points in 79 games for the Islanders last season.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 14 - 6:21 PM

Islanders GM Garth Snow expressed an interest in re-signing Kyle Okposo.

Okposo didn't have contract talks with the Islanders during the season and he's due for a big raise over his current $2.8 million annual cap hit. It might be challenging for the Islanders to re-sign Okposo and make it work within their cap situation, but it's far from impossible. If Okposo does test the free agent waters, he could end up being the best player on the market, depending on if Steven Stamkos re-signs or not.
May 13 - 11:02 AM

Kyle Okposo hasn't had contract talks with the Islanders all season.

There is still time for that change before he can become an unrestricted free agent in July, though. Okposo said he is open to coming back, but he is also "comfortable" with testing the open market. His previous contract had an annual average value of $2.8 million, so he is due for a substantial raise.
May 10 - 12:16 PM

With the New York Islanders eliminated, Kyle Okposo has played in his final game under his five-year, $14 million contract.

Okposo is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. It's not clear if the Islanders will be able to re-sign him, but if they do they'll need to provide him with a substantial raise. He's coming off of a campaign where he had 22 goals and 64 points in 79 contests and he was similarly impressive in the two seasons prior to 2015-16.
May 9 - 8:53 AM

Game 5 could be the final game as a New York Islander for Kyle Okposo.

Okposo is slated to be an unrestricted free agent on July 1 if he doesn't re-sign with the Isles and with the Islanders down 3-1 in the best-of-seven series, Okposo could be wearing his New York jersey for the final time. Okposo has two goals and eight points in 10 playoff games this season and has been a vital member of the top line, alongside John Tavares.
May 8 - 8:03 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Ryan O'Reilly
2Jack Eichel
3Johan Larsson
4Zemgus Girgensons
LW1Evander Kane
2Tyler Ennis
3Marcus Foligno
4Nicolas Deslauriers
RW1Kyle Okposo
2Sam Reinhart
3Matt Moulson
4Brian Gionta
5Hudson Fasching
D1Rasmus Ristolainen
2Zach Bogosian
3Dmitry Kulikov
4Jake McCabe
5Josh Gorges
6Justin Falk
7Cody Franson
G1Robin Lehner
2Anders Nilsson