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2015 Sabres Top 25 Under 25: #12 Justin Bailey

Bailey jumped from unranked last year to 12th in this year's Top 25 rankings. Justin Bailey Position: Right Wing Age: 20 Height: 6'3" Weight: 202 lbs. 2014-15 team: Kitchener Rangers/Sault St. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) Acquired: Drafted in the second round (52nd overall) in the 2013 draft Last year's ranking: Not Ranked Last year Justin Bailey was not on our Top 25 list. That was probably a mistake. We are certainly correcting that this go-around. He's the second highest player on this year's list who doesn't have NHL experience, behind only Jack EIchel. Bailey had a monster year in juniors,...
Die By The Blade Sep 1, 2015

Sabres announce Prospects Challenge Roster, featuring Eichel and Reinhart

Many of the Sabres top prospects will be back in Buffalo to face Boston and New Jersey's young guns. When fans pack into the First Niagara Center and HarborCenter this September for the first Prospects Challenge, they'll be able to see plenty of the team's top prospects. The Sabres roster, released today, features the team's two biggest prospects, Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart. Justin Bailey, Nicholas Baptiste, William Carrier, Eric Cornel, Evan Rodrigues and Vaclav Karabacek will also be skating on offense. The vet of the blueline is Jake McCabe. The rest is a rather inexperienced group....
Die By The Blade Sep 1, 2015

2015 Sabres Top 25 Under 25: #13 Marcus Foligno

He's a fan favorite, but is there room on the improving Sabres for Marcus Foligno? Marcus Foligno Position: Left Wing Age: 24 Height: 6'3" Weight: 223 lbs. 2014-15 team: Buffalo Acquired: Drafted in the 4th round (104th overall) in the 2009 draft Last year's ranking: 10 Last season Tim Murray listed Marcus Foligno on his list of untouchables while on WGR. Although most people probably don't agree with that, Foligno has carved himself a nice spot for a former fourth-round pick. At this point, we likely know what Foligno is. He'll probably score around ten goals a year, which may be a bit of...
Die By The Blade Sep 1, 2015

Eichel signs card deal with Leaf, attends Upper Deck Rookie Showcase

Fans will be able to land the Sabres' top prospect's autograph in Leaf card packs this season. Jack Eichel is a popular man right now. Weeks after signing an equipment deal with Bauer, the young star has signed a multi-year exclusive trading card deal with Leaf. The company's CEO Brian Gray said it was one of the most lucrative autograph trading deals for a rookie in any sport. "Unlike some other 2015 draftees, Jack has no autographs on the market," Gray said in a release. "Leaf has the unique opportunity to insure collectability and tremendous value for one of the greatest, if not the...
Die By The Blade Aug 31, 2015

2015 Buffalo Sabres Top 25 Under 25: #14 Hudson Fasching

The Sabres paid a hefty price to pry Fasching from the Kings last season. Will it be worth it? Hudson Fasching Position: Right Wing Age: 20 Height: 6'2" Weight: 213 lbs. 2014-15 team: Minnesota (NCAA) Acquired: Traded from the LA Kings with Nick Deslauriers for Brayden McNabb, Jonathan Parker and two second round picks Last year's ranking: 18 Hudson Fasching underwent surgery after last season to excavate a piece of a bone that came off his knee during the World Juniors. That didn't cause him to miss any time, but may be why his numbers dropped slighty. None-the-less, it shows off...
Die By The Blade Aug 28, 2015

2015 Buffalo Sabres Top 25 Under 25: #15 Nicholas Baptiste

Baptiste is one of the top wingers in the Sabres' prospect pool. Nicholas Baptiste Position: Right Wing Age: 20 Height: 6'0" Weight: 196 lbs. 2014-15 team: Sudbury Wolves/Erie Otters (OHL) Acquired: Drafted in the third round (69th overall) in the 2013 draft Last year's ranking: 20 The NHL is a copy-cat league. During the entire tank era, the idea of fitting a model was constantly brought up. Do the Sabres want to build on the Chicago Model or Pittsburgh Model? Now the Tampa Bay Model is all the rage. The Sabres have their Steven Stamkos in Jack Eichel. They may even have their Victor...
Die By The Blade Aug 27, 2015

Sabres offering Cody Franson two-year deal according to Mike Harrington

The 28-year-old free agent defenseman is still unsigned as September quickly approaches. It is no secret that the Sabres are interested in the services of former Predators and Maple Leafs defenseman Cody Franson, who is one of the few top free agents who is still on the market. Now, we have a reported offer. The Sabres are looking to sign Franson to a two-year contract according to Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News. A six-year NHL vet, Franson split 78 games between Toronto and Nashville last season, scoring seven goals and 29 assists. He was touted as one of the top pending defensive...

Rochester Americans announce 2015-16 AHL schedule

The 60th season of Amerks hockey will start on Friday, October 9. The AHL schedule has been released for the 2015-16 season, and the Rochester Americans will start next year at home, facing the Lake Erie Monsters on Friday, October 9. The full Amerks schedule can be found here, but we'll give you some of the highlights below. Big changes are ahead this year for Rochester, who move from the Western to the Eastern Conference after the AHL shuffle this summer, and their schedule features 50 of their 76 total games coming against their fellow North Division teams: the Toronto Marlies, Albany...
Die By The Blade Aug 26, 2015

2015 Buffalo Sabres Top 25 Under 25: (T) #16 Brendan Guhle

The Sabres second round pick had a dominant combine in Buffalo this summer. Brendan Guhle Position: Defense Age: 18 Height: 6'2" Weight: 181 lbs. 2014-15 team: Prince Albert Raiders (WHL) Acquired: Drafted in the second round (51st overall) of the 2015 draft Last year's ranking: N/A Jack Eichel was obviously the face of this year's draft, but the Sabres also knew they needed to restock on the blue line. In the second round they selected Brendan Guhle, the first of four defensemen they'd select in Florida. Guhle impressed the Sabres at the combine they hosted, posting the best vertical jump...
Die By The Blade Aug 25, 2015

2015 Top 25 Under 25: (T) #16 Nic Deslauriers

Nic Deslauriers Position: Left Wing Age: 24 Height: 6'1" Weight: 209 lbs. 2014-15 team: Buffalo Acquired: Last year's ranking: 16 It's fair to say that there is no one that is more polorizing on this list since his addition than Nic Deslauriers. Is he nothing more than a replacement level fourth liner? Does he have a nice combo of grinding and bottom six scoring ability? Is he really more valuable than the team's mid-level prospects? The answer to these questions really depends on who you ask. Deslauriers had his first full NHL season in 2014-15, playing in every game and finishing ninth...
Die By The Blade Aug 24, 2015

Buffalo Sabres 2015 Top 25 Under 25: #17 Calvin Petersen

A very impressive year at Notre Dame makes Petersen our top ranked goalie prospect. Calvin Petersen Position: Goalie Age: 20 Height: 6'2" Weight: 175 lbs. 2014-15 team: Notre Dame (NCAA) Acquired: Drafted in the 5th round (129th overall) in the 2013 draft Last year's ranking: Not Ranked Cal Petersen wasn't really on anyone's radar before this season. The Sabres philosophy has been to draft a goalie every year, and Petersen was just another name in the mix. After his freshman season with the FIghting Irish, Petersen has become a very attractive prospect. Petersen started the last two years...
Die By The Blade Aug 19, 2015

Buffalo Sabres 2015 Top 25 Under 25: #18 William Carrier

Carrier, acquired in the Miller and Ott trade, scored seven goals in his rookie AHL season. William Carrier Position: Left Wing Age: 20 Height: 6'1" Weight: 195 lbs. 2014-15 team: Rochester (AHL) Acquired: Traded from the Blues along with Chris Stewart, Jaroslav Halak, a first-round pick and a second round pick for Ryan Miller and Steve Ott Last year's ranking: Not ranked Carrier is in many ways the epidome of a C level prospect. Acquired in the Miller and Ott trade, which already feels like quite a long time ago, he was a nice throw in player that could possibly turn into something. He...
Die By The Blade Aug 18, 2015

Buffalo Sabres 2015 Top 25 Under 25: #19 Linus Ullmark

After a stellar rookie season with MODO, Ullmark fell back down to earth a bit in 2014-15. Linus Ullmark Position: Goalie Age: 22 Height: 6'3" Weight: 198 lbs. 2014-15 team: MODO (SHL) Acquired: Drafted in the 6th round (163rd overall) in the 2012 draft Last year's ranking: 19 Linus Ullmark had a spectacular first SHL season in 2013-14, earning the league's goaltender of the year award. He took a step back this season statistically, posting a 3.12 goals against average and a .905 save percentage for the worst team in the league. However, the potential he's shown already has our staff still...

Who are the top 10 Sabres prospects?

We're all excited about Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart, but who does the organization have behind them in the prospect pool? It's been a busy few weeks as far as the Buffalo Sabres future is concerned. We started our Top 25 Under 25 series, Jack Eichel got his first endorsement deal and photos, and ESPN's Corey Pronman has been raving about the Sabres prospects, calling them the league's third best farm system thanks to two superstar prospects in Eichel and Sam Reinhart. Today, Pronman is back with a look at his version of the top 10 Sabres prospects. The first two should be obvious to any...

Former Sabre Daniel Briere announces retirement

Briere was a big part of the 2005-06 Sabres team that helped revitalize hockey in Buffalo. Today Daniel Briere announced his retirement from the NHL. At age 37, with 17 NHL season under his belt, and after having scored just 12 points in 57 games last season with the Avalanche, it was certainly time for Briere to leave the game. But even though he's leaving hockey, one place where Briere will always have special significance is in the hearts of Buffalo Sabres fans who lived through the 2004 lockout. Briere was a big part of the 2005-06 and 2006-07 Sabres teams that exploded on to the scene...
Die By The Blade Aug 13, 2015

Buffalo Sabres 2016 Top 25 Under 25: #20 Vaclav Karabacek

The young Czech forward scored 40 points in the QMJHL this season. Vaclav Karabacek Position: RW/LW Age: 19 Height: 6'0" Weight: 190 lbs. Acquired: Drafted in the 2nd round (49th overall) in the 2014 draft Last year's ranking: Not ranked For the second spot in a row, we have a second round pick from last year's draft in our rankings. Today, it's Czech winger Vaclav Karabacek. Karabacek split the QMJHL season between Gatineau and Baie-Comeau, scoring 40 points in 59 games. His production was slightly down from the year before, when he scored 47 points, but he did play in eight less games....

Eichel, Reinhart ranked #2 and #3 in top 100 prospects

The Sabres have some serious top-end talent ready to make the jump into the NHL. A few days ago, Corey Pronman of ESPN.com released his rankings of the top NHL farm system, and the Buffalo Sabres ranked #3, mostly because of the top-tier talent they have waiting for a shot in the NHL and less because of their previously impressive prospect depth. Today, Pronman released his list of the top 100 individual prospects, and it's easy to see how the Sabres organization attained their third overall rankings, as Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart are ranked #2 and #3, respectively. Trailing only Connor...

Sabres announce Prospect Challenge, will face Bruins, Devils in September

Traverse City has been replaced in the Sabres preseason with a round robin mini-tournament. The Buffalo Sabres will not be heading back to the Traverse City prospect tournament this year, but will instead be hosting one of their own. The team announced today that the Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils will participate in a three team, round robin Prospect Challenge hosted at the First Niagara Center and Harbor Center. This should be a fun couple of days to see the Sabres younger prospects in action. There has been no announcement of a roster yet, so we're not sure if players like Jack...

Sabres rank 3rd in ESPN farm system ratings

Despite trading away some of their prospect depth, the Sabres still stand strong in ESPN's annual prospect rankings. For the past few season, the Buffalo Sabres have led the NHL in very few on-ice statistics. But one place they've excelled is trading away established players for draft picks, and then turning those draft picks into highly touted prospects. It's been all about the future in the recent past, and now those efforts are starting to come to fruition. The Sabres ranked third overall in Corey Pronman's annual ranking of farm systems around the NHL for ESPN.com(Insider required)...
Die By The Blade Aug 10, 2015

Buffalo Sabres 2016 Top 25 Under 25: #21 Eric Cornel

Cornel was one of three second-round picks in last year's draft. Eric Cornel Position: RW/C Age: 19 Height: 6'2" Weight: 192 lbs. 2013-14 team: Peterborough Petes (OHL) Acquired: Drafted in the 2nd round (44th overall) in the 2014 draft Last year's ranking: 24 Cornel's production took a slight dip this season, down ten points from the year prior. However, he still finished third in scoring on a Petes team that finished ten games under .500. He has the size and skating ability to produce at the NHL level. The former third-overall pick in the 2012 OHL draft, Cornel lost arguably his most...

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