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Dan Bylsma | Center

Team: Buffalo Sabres
Age / DOB:  (45) / 9/19/1970
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 215
Drafted: 1989 / Rd. 6 (109) / CAR
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Bob Woods has joined the Buffalo Sabres' coaching staff as an assistant.
Woods most recently served as the coach and general manager of the WHL's Saskatoon Blades. Before that he was an assistant coach with the Washington Capitals and then the Anaheim Ducks. Jun 24 - 11:14 AM

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For those of you who are nostalgic Buffalo Sabres fans, June 11th has some special meaning.

It was the day the expansion franchise made Gilbert Perreault their first player. Perreault was selected first in the 1970 amateur entry draft and went on to be a Hall of Famer. So Sabre fans, happy Gilbert Perreault Day.
Jun 11 - 10:05 AM

The Sabres odds of getting a top three draft pick in June are considerably longer than they were last season.

Well that's what comes with a little succes. The Sabres have only a 19.2 percent chance of moving into one of the top three draft postions but have a 39.2 percent chance of staying right where they are in the eighth slot. In addition, the odds of the Sabres winning the lottery and getting the number one pick is only at six percent. The Sabres should be able to get a decent player in any event and with Jack Eichel, Ryan O'Reilly, Rasmus Ristolainen, Robin Lehner and Evander Kane, the future looks bright in Buffalo.
Apr 30 - 9:19 AM

Buffalo has claimed a 2016 third-round selection from Anaheim because the Ducks failed to win two playoff rounds while using Jamie McGinn in at least 50 percent of its games.

The conditional pick would have became a second rounder in 2017 if the conditions were met. The Sabres have 12 picks in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft on June 24-25 at First Niagara Center.
Apr 29 - 8:01 AM

The future looks bright for the Sabres after a successful season for the team's younger players.

Here is an interesting stat about Buffalo's scoring that should give the Sabre faithful hope that the team is moving in the right direction. Over 70 percent of the scoring points generated by the Sabres came from players under the age of 25 and almost 30 percent of the scoring points were produced by players under the age of 21. Looks like there is a succcessful youth movement going on in Buffalo.
Source: Sabres.com
Apr 23 - 7:50 AM

Buffalo has gone 2-for-23 on the power play in the last seven games.

"There is some frustration creeping in with the power play in both units," coach Dan Bylsma said. "Components you need to have in your power play to be successful aren't there. Our breakout, our entry and our recovery hasn't been very good." Buffalo ranks 11th on the power play this season with a 19.6 percent success rate and 35 markers.
Feb 19 - 7:50 AM

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma isn't a fan of losing.

The Sabres have progressed under Bylsma but they're still in the middle of of a full rebuild. "It’s difficult, there’s no question," said Bylsma. "We want to win every game going in. I know we’re in a development process with our team, how we play, how we want to play. The level which we want to play and compete is something we’re developing. I think it’s put us into being a competitive team, a team that should and does compete to win every night. It’s difficult when you don’t."
Jan 24 - 11:43 AM

With their 3-1 loss to Chicago Friday night, the Sabres have now gone six years without defeating the Blackhawks.

The losing streak extends all the way back to December 11, 2009. In fact the Sabres haven't won a game in Chicago for almost nine years or a few months before the Hawks even drafted Buffalo-native Patrick Kane with the first-overall pick of the 2007 entry draft. It just shows you the direction these two franchises have gone in the last decade.
Jan 9 - 9:24 AM

The Buffalo Sabres' goal scorers are just not scoring.

The team has six players who have recorded 20 goals or more per season during their careers in the NHL but only two, Ryan O'Reilly and Evander Kane, are on pace to score more than 10 this campaign. Part of the problem may be that the team's shooting percentage is a paltry 77.7%. The Sabres were suppposed to be a much improved team this season but without any significant offense the results haven't been there.
Jan 2 - 9:37 AM

Buffalo has averaged just 1.95 goals per game at home this season.

The Sabres dropped a 2-1 game to the Islanders on Thursday night despite being credited with 43 shots on goal. "The shot volume was there," said coach Dan Bylsma. "Had good looks. Had net fronts. Had pucks lying in the crease. We had a ton of opportunities tonight and we just weren't able to put them home."
Jan 1 - 7:41 AM

Buffalo's power play hasn't scored a goal in the last six games.

The Sabres have gone 0-for-17 during that span, which has dropped them to 13th overall in the league going into Tuesday night's action. Buffalo recorded just two shots on three power plays against the Capitals on Monday night.
Tue, Dec 29, 2015 09:30:00 AM

Buffalo's power play has gone 0-for-10 in the last three games.

"I have a tough time thinking about this without thinking about the 5 on 3, and it's almost still affecting us, not scoring on those 5 on 3s in St. Louis and in Dallas," Bylsma said. The Sabres had two chances with a two-man advantage versus the Blues and came up empty. Despite their recent slump, Buffalo ranks ninth in the league with a 20.6 percent efficiency rating on the power play.
Wed, Nov 25, 2015 07:22:00 AM

The Buffalo Sabres are generating plenty of offensive chances, but they are just not scoring.

The Sabres lead the NHL in shots on goal, averaging 32.7 per game, yet they are third last in scoring averaging 2.15 goals per game. "I’d like to see us execute better with our opportunities," Sabres coach Dan Bylsma. "You can look at a few of them that we had that I think we just need to be better at the execution of it. You can look at the shot totals and talk about our shooting percentage. I’ve heard the word ‘puck luck.’ We’ve gotten good opportunities and good looks, we just need to be better at the execution of it and look to five or six examples in last night’s game." You would have to think sooner or later the Sabres will start cashing in on some of their chances.
Sat, Nov 7, 2015 09:14:00 AM

Former Penguins coach Dan Bylsma makes his return to Pittsburgh Thursday night with his new Buffalo Sabres squad.

"There will be emotions. I'm not going to be moved to tears but it's going to be emotional," Bylsma said. "Even right now, I look at the empty seats and I'm gonna know 50 faces in the stands tomorrow where they sit. I know where my family sat when they were here. There's certainly going to be emotions." Bylsma was part of the Penguins' organization for eight years and he compiled an impressive 252-117-32 record as the club's head coach. The Penguins played at Washington Wednesday night and Buffalo is coming off a 4-3 overtime win over Philadelphia on Tuesday.
Thu, Oct 29, 2015 07:37:00 AM

Buffalo has not been good on the penalty kill to start the 2015-16 season.

"The penalty kill has now given up goals in four consecutive games and has two games with two goals," coach Dan Bylsma said. "We lose the special teams battle and that's why we lost the game in Tampa Bay." Against the Lightning, the Sabres went 0-for-3 on the power play and Tampa Bay went 1-for-4. Buffalo ranks 28th in the NHL on the penalty kill after five games.
Tue, Oct 20, 2015 10:23:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Ryan O'Reilly
2Jack Eichel
3Johan Larsson
4Zemgus Girgensons
5David Legwand
LW1Evander Kane
2Marcus Foligno
3Nicolas Deslauriers
RW1Sam Reinhart
2Brian Gionta
3Matt Moulson
4Hudson Fasching
5Tyler Ennis
D1Rasmus Ristolainen
2Zach Bogosian
3Dmitry Kulikov
4Jake McCabe
5Josh Gorges
6Casey Nelson
7Carlo Colaiacovo
8Cody Franson
G1Chad Johnson
2Robin Lehner
3Jason Kasdorf