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Player Report Card: Casey Nelson

Player Report Card: Casey Nelson

Casey Nelson’s performance during the 2017-18 season may have earned him a permanent role with the Sabres next season. Season Stats: 37 GP | 3 G | 5 A | 8 PTS Age: 25 Contract Status: UFA Leading up to the 2017-18 season, there was uncertainty regarding whether or not Casey Nelson would get an extended look with the big club. With veteran players like Justin Falk, Taylor Fedun and for some reason, Matt Tennyson ahead of him on the organizational depth chart, very few lineup prognosticators gave him much of a chance to secure a permanent role. After signing with the Sabres as a collegiate...
Sportsnet.ca 23 hours ago
Sabres sign forward Victor Olofsson to entry-level deal

Sabres sign forward Victor Olofsson to entry-level deal

The Buffalo Sabres have signed forward Victor Olofsson to a two-year, entry-level deal, the team announced Tuesday.
Die By The Blade Apr 24, 2018
Sabres Sign Victor Olofsson to an Entry-Level Contract

Sabres Sign Victor Olofsson to an Entry-Level Contract

Sabres have come to terms with Swedish forward Victor Olofsson The Buffalo Sabres announced they’ve come to terms on a two-year entry-level contract with forward Victor Olofsson. The 22-year-old was selected in the seventh-round (181 overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft by the Sabres. He’s coming over to North America next season after playing three seasons in the Swedish elite league. The past two years he’s played with Frolunda in the SHL. He was a hot prospect to watch throughout the season. The scoring winger led the league in goals with 27. Olofsson registered a total of 43 points in...
Times Herald Apr 24, 2018

Sabres sign prospect Victor Olofsson to entry-level contract

BUFFALO – The Sabres have signed forward prospect Victor Olofsson, the Swedish Hockey League’s leading goal scorer this season, to a two-year, entry-level contract, the team announced today. Olofsson scored 27 goals and 43 points in 50 games during his career-best campaign with Frölunda HC. Over parts of five seasons in the SHL, Olofsson, 22, compiled 60 goals and 117 points in 200 contests with Frölunda and MODO Hockey. The Sabres selected the 5-foot-11, 173-pound ... Read the full article The post Sabres sign prospect Victor Olofsson to entry-level contract appeared first on Buffalo...
Puck Prose Apr 24, 2018

Buffalo Sabres: Ideal 2018 Offseason Includes Trades

The Buffalo Sabres can’t climb out of the hole they’re in and keep finishing at the bottom of the NHL standings. What does their ideal offseason look like? The Buffalo Sabres need to do one simple thing this offseason: tear it down. The Sabres have one franchise player in Jack Eichel and have the best […] Buffalo Sabres: Ideal 2018 Offseason Includes Trades - Puck Prose - Puck Prose - NHL
Die By The Blade Apr 24, 2018
What’s your favorite Sabres goal?

What’s your favorite Sabres goal?

In honor of the 25th anniversary of Brad May’s “Mayday” overtime goal against the Boston Bruins, let’s look back on our favorite Sabres goals Today is the 25th anniversary of Brad May’s “Mayday” overtime series and game winning goal against the Boston Bruins in 1993. May turned hall of fame defenseman Ray Bourque inside out and then beat Andy Moog to score one of the most famous goals in NHL history. The Buffalo Sabres swept the Bruins on that goal and advanced out of the first round after five straight years of losing in the Division Semi-Finals. Three of the five years at...
Die By The Blade Apr 24, 2018
Zach Bogosian Nominated for King Clancy Memorial Trophy

Zach Bogosian Nominated for King Clancy Memorial Trophy

Sabres defenseman honored for leadership, humanitarian effort Defenseman Zach Bogosian has been named the Buffalo Sabres nominee for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy. The King Clancy is awarded to the NHL player who “best exemplifies leadership on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.” Bogosian was selected as the Sabres’ nominee in part for his work through the Bogo Bunch Foundation. Through the foundation Bogosian has raised more than $100,000 for Roswell Park. The organization has also raised money for relief efforts for those affected...
Die By The Blade Apr 24, 2018
Player Report Card: Sam Reinhart

Player Report Card: Sam Reinhart

Career-best season for the pending RFA Season Stats: 82 GP | 25 G | 25 A | 50 PTS Age: 22 Contract Status: RFA The Buffalo Sabres as a whole had a dismal season, but Sam Reinhart actually had the best season of his young career to date in the 2017-18 season. He hit the 50-point mark for the first time in his NHL career, the highest point total he’s had since he hit 69 points in the 2013-14 season with Kootenay in the WHL. He had eight more goals, and three more points, than he did in the 2016-17 NHL season - and he appeared in all 82 games with Buffalo. Overall, Reinhart finished third on...
Die By The Blade Apr 23, 2018
A Case Study on Team Building: How the Winnipeg Jets Were Built, and Can the Sabres Follow Their Model?

A Case Study on Team Building: How the Winnipeg Jets Were Built, and Can the Sabres Follow Their Model?

While the Sabres are at home again for the playoffs, could the Jets have a successful model for them to follow? As the Buffalo Sabres are at home again for the playoffs in 2018, the Winnipeg Jets have found their way into the second round of the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. They are a long way from their days in Atlanta when they were perennial bottom dwellers in the league. The Jets have finished the greatest season in franchise history, while the Sabres have finished one of their worst. This was far from the result that was expected back in 2015 when the trade to...
Die By The Blade Apr 23, 2018
Player Report Card: Nathan Beaulieu

Player Report Card: Nathan Beaulieu

Beaulieu’s first season in blue and gold was a nightmare, to say the least. Season Stats: 59 GP | 1 G | 8 A | 9 PTS Age: 25 Contract Status: Signed through 2018-19 Yuck. That is the best way to explain Nathan Beaulieu’s debut season with the Buffalo Sabres. There was a lot of hype, despite fair warning from Montreal Canadiens faithful. On the surface, the risk was worth the reward. Rewind to last June, when Jason Botterill acquired Beaulieu for a third-round pick. When all was said and done, the picked ended up as the 68th overall pick. Looking into the statistical breakdown of draft...
Die By The Blade Apr 22, 2018
Player Report Card: Scott Wilson

Player Report Card: Scott Wilson

Wilson put the ‘rage’ in ‘average.’ Season Stats: 69 GP | 6G | 8A | 14PTS (49 games with BUF, 17 with DET, 3 with PIT) Age: 26 Contract Status: RFA On December 4, Buffalo Sabres general manager Jason Botterill announced that he’d finalized a trade to acquire forward Scott Wilson from the Detroit Red Wings. Who? Scott Wilson. Scott...Gomez? No. Scott Wilson. All kidding aside, Wilson boasts three full seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins as a depth wing. In that time, he hoisted Lord Stanley’s prize twice. The cost to Buffalo was a fifth round pick next year and their share of...
Times Herald Apr 21, 2018

Sabres’ Rasmus Ristolainen only knows losing at NHL level

BUFFALO – Rasmus Ristolainen normally offers little insight. Whether the defenseman’s talking about himself or the Sabres, his answers are short and, well, pretty bland. But after the Sabres completed another miserable season earlier this month, Ristolainen, 23, opened up a bit and talked about how the constant losing he has experienced has taken its toll on him. Believe it or not, Ristolainen, having debuted Oct. 23, 2013, is the Sabres’ longest-tenured player with winger ... Read the full article The post Sabres’ Rasmus Ristolainen only knows losing at NHL level appeared first on...
Die By The Blade Apr 21, 2018
AHL Update: Amerks drop Game 1

AHL Update: Amerks drop Game 1

Amerks start off Calder Cup Playoffs on the wrong foot. The Calder Cup Playoffs are supposed to be a time featuring the best-of-the-best that the American Hockey League has to offer. After an opening night 6-2 loss to the Syracuse Crunch, Rochester is looking to hit the reset button incredibly quick. The first period featured a handful of back-and-forth action, which had Syracuse and Rochester exchanging goals. Zach Redmond and Kyle Criscuolo netted the only goals of the evening for the Amerks. Gabriel Dumont and former Sabres defenseman Jamie McBain were the first period goal scorers for...
Die By The Blade Apr 21, 2018
Sabres Offseason Projection: Lose the Lottery Version

Sabres Offseason Projection: Lose the Lottery Version

In this version of the offseason projections we go with the likely scenario of the Sabres losing the lottery You’ve probably seen by now my offseason projection based on the Buffalo Sabres winning the lottery that I posted a few days ago. If you haven’t you can see it here. In this version, I’ll go on the assumption of the more likely scenario that the Sabres lose the lottery and pick second overall. Prior to writing this, I did a quick lottery simulation and that’s where the Sabres fell. If you’re curious the Chicago Blackhawks won the lottery in that simulation. Rich get...
Die By The Blade Apr 21, 2018
Player Report Card: Jason Pominville

Player Report Card: Jason Pominville

Pominville’s hot start did not translate over to a good season. Season Stats: 82 GP | 16 G | 18 A | 34 PTS Age: 35 Contract Status: Signed through 2018-19 What a start to the season for Jason Pominville, as he marked his much-anticipated return to Buffalo. On opening night, Pominville scored two goals against the Montreal Canadiens, returning to the Sabres with a bang. All was well within the Population of Pominville. His strong start continued throughout the month of October, where Pominville tallied 12 points (6 goals, 6 assists) in 12 games. Fans were out-of-their-minds with how well...

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