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Cliff Pu was among some early training camp roster cuts by the Sabres on Monday.

The 2016 third-round draft pick was returned to the London Knights of the OHL. Austin Osmanski, Vojtech Budik, Devante Stephens, Vasily Glotov and Brandon Hagel were also returned to their junior teams.
Sep 27 - 10:06 AM

Jack Eichel is expected to join Buffalo for practice on Wednesday.

He hasn't skated with the Sabres since participating in the World Cup of Hockey with Team North America. Eichel is a rising star in the NHL and he should be an offensive catalyst for Buffalo this season.
Sep 27 - 10:00 AM

Vasili Glotov has been taken off of Buffalo's training camp roster.

Glotov was selected with the 190th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. He's making the transition to North America from Russia and will play for the QMJHL's Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in 2015-16.
Source: NHL.com
Sep 26 - 6:18 PM

Brandon Hagel has been reassigned to the WHL's Whitecourt Wolverines.

Hagel was taking part in the Sabres' training camp after Buffalo took him with the 159th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. He had 13 goals and 47 points in 72 WHL contests last season.
Source: NHL.com
Sep 26 - 6:16 PM

The Buffalo Sabres have removed Vojtech Budik from their camp roster.

Budik recorded three goals and 16 points in 70 contests with the WHL's Prince Albert Raiders last season. With his time in Buffalo's camp over, he'll shift his focus back to the WHL.
Sep 26 - 5:59 PM

Austin Osmanski has been cut from the Buffalo Sabres' training camp roster.

Buffalo took Osmanski with the 189th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. He had two goals and 10 points in 65 OHL contests in 2015-16.
Source: NHL.com
Sep 26 - 5:57 PM

Anders Nilsson will play between the pipes in Monday's preseason contest.

Nilsson will be looking to build off of his strong showing in two intrasquad contests. He's projected to start the campaign as Robin Lehner's understudy.
Sep 26 - 1:17 PM

Robin Lehner's teammates have taken note of the significant change the goaltender has undergone over the summer.

Lehner engaged in mixed martial arts training to get in better shape and last more than 20 pounds in the process. The change was so significant that blueliner Josh Gorges didn't recognize him at first. "He looks like a new guy," added defenseman Jake McCabe said. "You can just tell when he’s around he’s just really driven and focused and dialed in. He wants to win so bad and prove to everyone that he’s a really good goaltender, which he is." After being limited to 21 games last season, Lehner is hoping to stay healthy in 2016-17 and prove that he's capable of being a number one goaltender in this league. The 25-year-old has been seen as having that potential for a while now, but he hasn't had a season yet where he's definitively demonstrated that he's ready for that role. Perhaps this will be the campaign for that.
Sep 26 - 10:22 AM

The Buffalo Sabres will be seeing a newer, slimmer, Robin Lehner during training camp this month.

Lehner reported dropped over 20 lbs. after going through mixed martial arts training. "It's a big year for me personally, but I think it's another big year for our team," he said. The Sabres will be looking to the young veteran to backstop them to a surprise playoff berth this season.
Source: NHL.com
Sep 25 - 6:12 PM

Anders Nilsson looked good in two intra-squad games on Friday and Saturday.

Nilsson has logged 30 minutes without allowing a goal as he attempts to solidify the Sabres' backup goalie position behind Robin Lehner. We like his chances over Linus Ullmark, who may need a little more minor league seasoning before making his mark in the NHL.
Sep 25 - 8:37 AM

If Matt Moulson is to rebound from his disastrous 2015-16 season and regain his scoring acumen, he's going to have to work his way up from the Sabres' fourth line.

That is where Moulson has started during Buffalo's scrimmages to date. He has ranked behind Kyle Okposo, Sam Reinhart and Brian Gionta on the right side and Evander Kane, Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno on the left. "I’ve spoken to Dan [Bylsma]," Moulson said. "He’s pretty blunt in what he says. He doesn’t mix words, so I know I have to earn everything, and that’s what I’m here to do". Although we expect a slight rebound from Moulson this season, don't expect any miracles.
Sep 25 - 8:32 AM

Sam Reinhart worked out hard during the summer.

The 20-year-old scored 23 goals in his sophomore season and his arrow appears to be trending up heading into this year. "I worked the hardest this summer that I ever have, and that’s saying a lot with the summer I had before," Reinhart said. "The gains I had two summers ago were pretty substantial, and I knew the improvements that could be had over a summer. I obviously went back to work and had another good summer and feel great coming in. I’m looking forward to getting started."
Sep 24 - 10:13 AM

Matt Moulson is using his disappointing 2015-16 campaign as motivation.

"I definitely have a chip on my shoulder coming in to prove a lot of people wrong who maybe lost a little belief," Moulson said. He was limited to eight goals and 21 points in 81 contests last season. That's a far cry from his three-straight 30-goal seasons from 2009-10 through 2011-12. We don't expect him to return to his old highs, but a rebound to 40 points wouldn't be shocking.
Sep 23 - 5:30 PM

Evander Kane insisted that he is staying focused on the upcoming season despite his off-ice issues.

He shrugged off his legal problems on Thursday when he spoke to the media. "I've been focused on hockey all summer," Kane said. "I haven't really put too much thought or emphasis on the other stuff. I've just kind of narrowed my focus and focused on hockey and my training, and I'm feeling pretty good about that." He is scheduled to return to court Oct. 31 where he is facing a misdemeanor criminal trespass and five noncriminal charges of disorderly conduct and harassment.
Sep 23 - 7:58 AM

Tyler Ennis is eager to get back to playing after missing most of the 2015-16 campaign due to a concussion.

"Incredibly frustrating, so I'm motivated," he said. "I'm excited. I'm glad it's in the past. I'm ready for a fresh start, and I'm looking to build on some things I learned over that time." Ennis was healthy at the end of the year and he's looking forward to playing in his first game since last Dec. 30. He also wants to bounce back after he went through some offensive inconsistencies a year ago.
Sep 23 - 7:49 AM


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