Player News - Sabres

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Sabres owner Kim Pegula is encouraged by what she saw out of coach Phil Housley and GM Jason Botterill in their first year on the job.

It was a bad season for the Sabres as they finished with a 25-45-12 record, but Pegula believes that they're building the team the right way. "I really was encouraged and really liked the thought process, the internal planning that Jason has for this team, as well as Phil. They’re learning every day. They were a first-time GM, a first-time coach, so there was a learning curve, a learning process over the last year. And all the discussions that we’ve had with them after the season, we’re really encouraged that we’re going to be moving forward and the foundation is being laid and that they’re going to be a huge building block for us in the coming years," Pegula said. The Sabres rebuild should receive a boost by them getting the first overall pick, which will likely be used to take Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin. Having Dahlin and Jack Eichel leading the Sabres for years to come has to be an exciting prospect for Buffalo.
May 25 - 8:39 AM

Rasmus Asplund has agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with the Buffalo Sabres.

Asplund had eight goals and 28 points in 50 Swedish league games this season. The Sabres selected him with the 33rd overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
Source: Sabres.com
May 23 - 1:25 PM

Jack Eichel is excited that the Sabres have the top pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

Buffalo is expected to select potential cornerstone defender Rasmus Dahlin next month. Dahlin has the skill set to help the Sabres right away and his puck-moving ability should be beneficial to a player like Eichel. "I've seen him play and I've talked to a few guys about him," Eichel said. "Obviously, he's got some pretty incredible highlights. It seems like he's a special, special player."
May 22 - 9:39 AM

It appears Victor Antipin will be heading back to the KHL after spending one season in the NHL as a member of the Buffalo Sabres.

The Sabres signed defenseman Lawrence Pilut earlier this week who was named as the defenseman of the year in the Swedish Hockey League. Antipin never really appeared to settle with the Sabres, playing just 47 games this season and picking up 10 points. He didn't confirm his status for next year at the end of the year, but it's believed that he could be leaning towards a return to the KHL.
May 19 - 9:26 AM

Lawrence Pilut has inked a two-year, entry-level contract with the Buffalo Sabres.

Pilut was named the Swedish Hockey League's best defenseman in 2017-18 after he led all blueliners with 38 points (eight goals, 30 assists) in 52 games.
May 15 - 4:43 PM

Ryan O'Reilly admitted that he's pretty excited about potentially playing with Rasmus Dahlin in Buffalo.

The Sabres own the first pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft and they're expected to take Dahlin first overall. "I was really excited, obviously," O'Reilly said. "I've actually watched him at World Juniors and different things and highlights of him. Obviously, it's not official yet, but I hope, I'm pretty sure, we'll be taking him. I'm excited. Watching him, he's so dynamic with what he's doing with the puck. He's just an elite player that any team he goes to he makes better, so I'm definitely very, very excited for that."
May 12 - 10:14 AM

Ryan O'Reilly wants to be a positive change for Buffalo next season.

O'Reilly was hard on himself after the season as he felt responsible for the Sabres' struggles. Even though he was one of the team's best players with 24 goals and 61 points in 81 contests, he noted that as one of the team's leaders in minutes (20:49 per game), he bears responsibility. He also added that he wants to stay in Buffalo.
Source: TSN.ca
May 11 - 3:28 PM

Casey Nelson has signed a two-year, $1,625,000 contract with the Buffalo Sabres.

Nelson could have become an unrestricted free agent this summer. He had three goals and eight points in 37 contests with Buffalo in 2017-18. He also contributed two goals and 11 points in 40 AHL games.
Source: Sabres.com
May 2 - 5:14 PM

Casey Mittelstadt won't be able to play for the United States at the 2018 World Championship because of a groin injury.

Mittelstadt was hurt during a training session, so he won't participate in the tournament. The Sabres prospect appeared in six NHL games at the end of the season and he collected five points (one goal, four assists).
Apr 30 - 6:41 PM

Jacob Josefson will play in Sweden next year with Djurgardens IF of the SHL.

Josefson reportedly agreed to a four-year contract, but he can opt out after two seasons. He accounted for just two goals and two assists in 39 games with Buffalo in 2017-18.
Apr 30 - 5:00 PM

Lawrence Pilut has been named the Swedish Hockey League's best defenseman.

Pilut led all blueliners in the league with 38 points (eight goals, 30 assists in 52 games. The HV71 defender has reportedly agreed to a contract with the Buffalo Sabres, but a deal can't be announced until the end of the 2018 IIHF World Championship.
Apr 30 - 4:40 PM

Sabres GM Jason Botterill didn't want to reveal who he'll take with the first overall pick.

"Well, we want everybody to show up in Dallas, so we'll keep that and we'll go through our interview process," Botterill said. That said, it would obviously be a shock if the Sabres took anyone other than Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin. He's the consensus top pick going into the 2018 draft and the idea of having the team led by a blueliner like that while their forward core is headlined by Jack Eichel has to be very appealing. Buffalo's future certainly looks a lot brighter after winning the draft lottery.
Apr 29 - 7:01 AM

The Buffalo Sabres have won the 2018 NHL Draft Lottery.

The Sabres went into the lottery with the greatest odds of coming away with the first pick and that's exactly what happened. They'll now have the right to draft Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin, who has the potential to develop into a franchise defender. The 18-year-old is expected to make the jump from the Swedish League to the NHL starting next season. He had seven goals and 20 points in 41 games with Frolunda HC. The Carolina Hurricanes own the second overall pick, while the Montreal Canadiens will be drafting third.
Apr 28 - 10:24 PM

Alex Nylander had an AHL postseason to forget in 2018.

Nylander and the Rochester Americans were swept in the first round by the Syracuse Crunch. He struggled so badly that he was eventually demoted to the fourth line. The 20-year-old had one goal and a minus-3 rating in three games with the Sabres and eight goals and 27 points in 51 games in the minors. His season got off to a rocky start after he missed the first three months with a lower-body injury. This is an important summer for Nylander, as he'll have to show a lot of progress next season.
Apr 28 - 11:14 AM

Buffalo has signed Victor Olofsson to a two-year, entry-level contract.

Olofsson has spent his career playing in Sweden, but it looks like he will finally be coming to North America. He posted 27 goals and 43 points in 50 games for Frolund HC of the Swedish Hockey League in 2017-18. Olofsson was taken in the seventh round (181st overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft by Buffalo.
Apr 24 - 4:18 PM


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