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Die By The Blade 4 hours ago

Training Camp Day 3 Recap

Camp wraps up with last scrimmage and practice sessions Sunday was the last day of the Buffalo Sabres training camp before the team headed out to State College, PA for their first preseason game tonight against the Minnesota Wild. White beats Gold in comeback win In the last scrimmage, Johan Larsson and Kyle Okposo got the Gold team up 2-0 early, but White mounted a comeback to steal the win with goals from Brian Gionta, and two for Nicolas Deslauriers. The winner came from a De-Lo tip on a low point shot from Erik Burgdoerfer. (Scrimmage team lineups here) Franson’s vision...
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Top 25 Under 25: #8 Justin Bailey

Bailey will look to make a real push for the NHL this year after showing improvement in Rochester last season. Our annual Top 25 Under 25 series serves to find the best young players in the Buffalo Sabres organization, be it NHL, AHL, European or junior leagues. We voted on everyone from Asplund to Willman, and the best 25 players get profiled throughout the month of September. Today's subject: Justin Bailey. Justin Bailey, RW Age: 21 Height: 6’3’’ Weight: 210 lb A hometown boy looking to make it to the big leagues and play for the club he idolized growing up is a story that...
Die By The Blade Sep 25, 2016

Training Camp Day 2 Recap

Sabres had three sessions and scrimmage today The second day of the Buffalo Sabres Training Camp featured more scrimmages as well as interviews with Dan Bylsma and a bunch of players. In no particular order, here’s what happened on the second day - Robin Lehner is leaner and meaner The Sabres starting goalie has lost weight, a lot of weight. He won’t say how much he’s dropped over a summer where he added mixed martial arts training to his workout regimen. Speaking of which, taking on ‘Crazy Eyes’ was already a frightening prospect for players, and now he’ll bring UFC-type...
Die By The Blade Sep 24, 2016

World Cup of Hockey Semi-Finals Open Thread

Here we go, it’s semis time! We’re into the semi final stage of the World Cup of Hockey. Team Russia take on Team Canada tonight in the first game, and then Team Europe play Team Sweden tomorrow to complete who will be playing in the best of three games final. Canada topped Group A with three wins from three games, and Europe came in second with just one loss. In Group B, it took a tiebreaker for Russia to get in ahead of Team North America who they beat in a head-to-head clash. Sweden were the group winners with two wins and on overtime loss to the U-23s. Team USA and Team Finland...
Die By The Blade Sep 23, 2016

Training Camp Day 1 Recap

Sabres had three sessions and scrimmage today The Buffalo Sabres are one day into their 2016-17 season training camp which featured three training sessions and one scrimmage. In no particular order, here’s what happened on the first day - Two spots still up for grabs The 13th forward and 7th defenseman spots are still vacant as we go into training camp. Forwards (12) – Nicolas Deslauriers, Jack Eichel, Tyler Ennis, Marcus Foligno, Brian Gionta, Zemgus Girgensons, Evander Kane, Johan Larsson, Matt Moulson, Kyle Okposo, Ryan O’Reilly, Sam Reinhart. Candidates: Justin Bailey, Cal...
Die By The Blade Sep 22, 2016

World Cup of Hockey Open Thread 9/22/2016

Preliminary round ends today Another Team North America game, another night of thrilling hockey. The youngsters failed to put away Team Sweden in regulation time, thereby putting their fate in the hands of Team Russia who play this afternoon. Since the first tiebreaker remains head-to-head result, any kind of win for the Red Machine today eliminates the Under-23s from the semi-finals. In the other game of the day, Team Canada beat Team Europe emphatically 4-1 to seal top spot in Group A. That sets up a heavyweight semis clash against either North America or Russia on Saturday evening,...
Die By The Blade Sep 22, 2016

Top 25 Under 25: #9 Hudson Fasching

We’re into the top ten players now Our annual Top 25 Under 25 series serves to find the best young players in the Buffalo Sabres organization, be it NHL, AHL, European or junior leagues. We voted on everyone from Asplund to Willman, and the best 25 players get profiled throughout the month of September. Today's subject: Hudson Fasching. Hudson Fasching, RW Age: 21 Height: 6'2'' Weight: 216 lbs. The forward has been steadily climbing up the ranks, starting at #18 in the 2014 version of the Top 25 Under 25, to #14 last season and now breaking into the top ten. This last season also saw...
Die By The Blade Sep 21, 2016

World Cup of Hockey Open Thread 9/21/2016

Action continues as semis’ spots up for grabs Team USA bid farewell to the tournament last night after another comprehensive beating, this time at the hands of arch-rivals Team Canada. Of course, the most savage action of the night came away from the game through a tweet by Phil Kessel - Just sitting around the house tonight w my dog. Felt like I should be doing something important, but couldn't put my finger on it. — Phil Kessel (@PKessel81) September 21, 2016 In the other game of the day, Team Sweden had beaten Team Finland 2-0 to eliminate the Finns from the tournament as...

Top 25 Under 25: #10 Brendan Guhle

Another promising young defenseman makes our list, and this one could challenge for a roster spot in training camp. Our annual Top 25 Under 25 series serves to find the best young players in the Buffalo Sabres organization, be it NHL, AHL, European or junior leagues. We voted on everyone from Asplund to Willman, and the best 25 players get profiled throughout the month of September. Today's subject: Brendan Guhle. Brendan Guhle, LHD Age: 19 Height: 6’2’’ Weight: 186 lbs. There was a point in time where the Sabres organizational philosophy was to try and be "difficult to play...
Die By The Blade Sep 20, 2016

World Cup of Hockey Open Thread 9/20/2016

It’s rivalry day at the World Cup There will be two big time rivalries on display at the World Cup of Hockey today, both bitter feuds from the past that will get carried onto a new stage. There is no love lost between Sweden and Finland in the world of hockey, and another loss for the Finns will put them out of the competition. Expect Rasmus Ristolainen of the Buffalo Sabres and his cohorts to throw everything they have at the Swedes this afternoon. Team USA is also in a similar do-or-die situation, and will go up against old nemesis Team Canada, in Toronto. Where better for Daniel to...
Die By The Blade Sep 20, 2016

Top 25 Under 25: #11 Linus Ullmark

Swede top-ranked goalie in system Our annual Top 25 Under 25 series serves to find the best young players in the Buffalo Sabres organization, be it NHL, AHL, European or junior leagues. We voted on everyone from Asplund to Willman, and the best 25 players get profiled throughout the month of September. Today's subject: Linus Ullmark. Linus Ullmark, G Age: 23 Height: 6'4'' Weight: 212 lbs. Ullmark has climbed up in the organization since coming over from Sweden, and made 20 appearances for the Buffalo Sabres last season after Robin Lehner got injured. While the 8-10-2 record (2.60GAA, ...
Die By The Blade Sep 19, 2016

World Cup of Hockey Open Thread 9/19/2016

Preliminary round action continues Team North America lived up to their youthful promise last night as they blew away Team Finland in a display of pure speed and skill. Team Sweden narrowly edged Team Russia in the other game. There’s a quick return to the ice for North America and Russia as they play their second games on back-to-back days. Anything but a win could eliminate the Russians from the tournament, so they will have plenty to play for, while the under-23s will be looking to seal their spot in the semi-finals with another win. Team Europe will be flying high after beating Team...
Die By The Blade Sep 19, 2016

Sabres Links: Eichel scores in debut, Nylander hoping to rebound, arena will have free WiFi

It appears that North America might have a better chance of winning than the Americans. Sabres Links Jack Eichel scored in North America's 4-1 victory against Finland [Buffalo News] Dmitry Kulikov and Russia fell to Sweden [TSN] Alex Nylander hopes to rebound after disappointing debut [Buffalo News] Linus Ullmark is feeling fresh again [Buffalo Hockey Beat] At career crossroads, former Sabre Thomas Vanek gets a chance with Team Europe [Buffalo News] Hamilton: Nick Baptiste is on a mission [WGR 550] Fans will get free wifi at the KeyBank Center [Buffalo News]

Top 25 Under 25: #12 Will Borgen

Strong showings in the NCAA and WJC shoot Will Borgen up our list this summer. Our annual Top 25 Under 25 series serves to find the best young players in the Buffalo Sabres organization, be it NHL, AHL, European or junior leagues. We voted on everyone from Asplund to Willman, and the best 25 players get profiled throughout the month of September. Today's subject: Will Borgen Will Borgen, RHD Age: 19 Height: 6’2’’ Weight: 188 lbs. At this time last year, Will Borgen had just been selected in the fourth round of the 2015 draft by the Buffalo Sabres after a strong year of high...
Die By The Blade Sep 18, 2016

World Cup of Hockey Open Thread 9/18/2016

Group B games today feature Ristolainen against Eichel. Group A teams faced off yesterday to get the World Cup of Hockey tournament started. In the earlier game Team Europe thumped Team USA 3-0 as the Americans failed to get going. The Europeans showed plenty of patience to hit their opponents on the counter attack to put the game away well before the third period. Later in the evening, Team Canada thrashed Team Czech Republic 6-0 to set up a fascinating clash on Monday against the desperate USA who will be facing elimination. Today, the four teams in Group B join the action. First Sweden...
Die By The Blade Sep 17, 2016

World Cup of Hockey Open Thread 9/17/2016

The tournament proper faces off today After twelve games of pre-tournament action across the globe, the actual World Cup of Hockey starts this afternoon, with four teams in action. All games are being played at the Air Canada Centre, in Toronto. First Team USA will take on Team Europe - remember, all the American and Canadian young players under the age of 23 (including Buffalo Sabres’ Jack Eichel) are on Team North America who play tomorrow. Team Europe will be composed of all the European countries not named Russia, Sweden, Finland or Czech Republic. Both teams ended the pre-tournament...
Die By The Blade Sep 15, 2016

Top 25 Under 25: #13 Casey Nelson

Another young d-man, Nelson signed a 2-year contract in the offseason. Our annual Top 25 Under 25 series serves to find the best young players in the Buffalo Sabres organization, be it NHL, AHL, European or junior leagues. We voted on everyone from Asplund to Willman, and the best 25 players get profiled throughout the month of September. Today's subject: Casey Nelson. Casey Nelson, RHD Age: 24 Height: 6'2'' Weight: 183 lbs. Defenseman Casey Nelson pretty much came out of nowhere to jump into the Buffalo Sabres lineup late last season. Signed as a highly-touted college free agent out of...
Die By The Blade Sep 14, 2016

Top 25 Under 25: #14 Evan Rodrigues

Eichel’s former BU teammate climbs the rankings Our annual Top 25 Under 25 series serves to find the best young players in the Buffalo Sabres organization, be it NHL, AHL, European or junior leagues. We voted on everyone from Asplund to Willman, and the best 25 players get profiled throughout the month of September. Today's subject: Evan Rodrigues. Evan Rodrigues, C/RW Age: 23 Height: 5'11'' Weight: 174 lbs. The forward was at 23rd in this list last season, but saw his stock rise after a decent year at the Rochester Americans where he scored nine goals with twenty one assists. He also...
Die By The Blade Sep 13, 2016

Ryan O'Reilly to replace injured Tyler Seguin at World Cup of Hockey

The Sabres now have four players on World Cup rosters. There will now be four Sabres at next week's World Cup of Hockey, as Ryan O'Reilly was chosen to replace injured Tyler Seguin on Canada's 23-man roster. The 25-year-old forward scored 21 goals and 39 assists in 71 games in his first season as a Buffalo Sabre. He played ten games at the World Championships earlier this summer, scoring two goals and six assists. Canada has one final game Wednesday in Pittsburgh before the World Cup of Hockey officially begins. Canada opens the tournament Saturday against the Czech Republic at 8 p.m. The...

Top 25 Under 25: #15 Rasmus Asplund

The Sabres second round pick in 2016 cracks our top 15. Our annual Top 25 Under 25 series serves to find the best young players in the Buffalo Sabres organization, be it NHL, AHL, European or junior leagues. We voted on everyone from Asplund to Willman, and the best 25 players get profiled throughout the month of September. Today's subject: Rasmus Asplund. Rasmus Asplund, C/LW Age: 18   Height: 5'11''   Weight: 176 lbs. One of the youngest players on this list, Rasmus Asplund was drafted this year by the Sabres with the 33rd overall pick. The team liked him so much that they traded up...