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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...

Top 25 Under 25: #20-16 Georgio Estephan, Eric Cornel, Nick Baptiste, Cal Petersen, William Carrier

The next five entries in our series show some promising young forwards and a collegiate goalie in a position of leadership. Our Top 25 Under 25 series continues today with the next five entries, #20-16. This will be the final "bundle" and all players in the top 15 will receive their own individual posts. This time around, the card is stacked with forwards, and our second goalie prospect makes an appearance as well. Let's dive in. #20 - Georgio Estephan Estephan is an intriguing prospect based on his production and draft position. You don't always expect sixth round choices to put up 74...

Sabres announce training camp dates and roster

The season grows ever closer, as the Sabres will be getting started in just two weeks. The 2016-17 NHL season is rapidly approaching, and we’ve seen the first signs of hockey life this week with the beginning of the World Cup of Hockey. Another sign of life has been gifted to us today, as the Sabres announced both the dates and roster for their upcoming training camp. The Sabres will open camp on Thursday, September 22 with team physicals, while the first camp practice will take place the next day. The first three camp practices, September 23-25, are open to the public and will take place...
Die By The Blade Sep 9, 2016

Sabres Links: Eichel gets assist, Kulikov's strong stats, Nylander highlights Prospects Challenge

How many games did you watch on the first day of the World Cup? Sabres Links Jack Eichel had one assist in Team North America's 4-0 win against Europe [NHL.com] Craig Custance said Eichel's line was as effective as Connor McDavid, thanks largely to Eichel's 200-foot game [ESPN] Rasmus Ristolainen and Team Finland took down Sweden in overtime [NHL.com] Dmitry Kulikov and Team Russia beat the Czech Republic [NHL.com] Alex Nylander and Justin Bailey among the players who will represent the Sabres at the Prospect Challenge [Buffalo News] Nothing new between the Sabres and Rasmus Ristolainen...
Die By The Blade Sep 8, 2016

Sabres Links: Eichel's PP impressive, both anthems being played, Pavelski named U.S. captain

Are you rooting for the U.S. or team North America? Sabres Links Pat LaFontaine will join Pope Francis at a historic event at the Vatican [Buffalo News] The Flyers' Shayne Gostisbehere is joining Jack Eichel and Connor McDavid on Team North America's power play [Buffalo News] Expect both the Canadian and American national anthems to be played before Eichel's games [TSN] Around The League Joe Pavelski was named the U.S. captain [TSN] Mike Fisher will be the next Predators captain [TSN] Former Sabre Adam Pardy signed a PTO with Florida [TSN]

World Cup of Hockey Preview: The teams, the schedule, the Sabres involved

Everything you need to get ready for the World Cup of Hockey. Much has been said about a certain game played with an elliptical spheroid recently, but with the World Cup of Hockey kicking off its preliminary games, the game played with vulcanized rubber is back in action starting today. Here’s everything you need to know about the World Cup of Hockey, which begins this afternoon and runs through October 1. What is it? The World Cup of Hockey is a tournament among Earth’s best hockey squads, including one made up of the youngest, best players from North America, and one made up of a...

Top 25 Under 25: #25-21 Jason Kasdorf, Cliff Pu, Anthony Florentino, Casey Fitzgerald, Dan Catenacci

We're kicking off the Top 25 Under 25 with the first five players all in one go. Today we begin the Top 25 Under 25 series with a bang. We're putting players 25-21 all in the same post, mostly so we can fit the entire series in before the Buffalo Sabres take the ice for their first regulation game in the 2016-17 season. We won't be grouping all our players up like this, but these players are the ones who just made the cut, so they get short end of the stick. Here we go. #25 - Jason Kasdorf Kasdorf has NHL size at 6'4'', and showed significant improvement year-to-year in both GAA (2.97 to...

Top 25 Under 25: The honorable mentions

Our annual series of the Sabres best young players begins today, with those who just missed the cut. If you’re new to Die By The Blade this past year, one of our favorite series we use to get ready for the season is the Top 25 Under 25. In case the title isn’t clear enough, we rank the top 25 players in the Sabres organization under the age of 25. It’s a fun way to look to the future with prospects while also taking in to account players that already contribute in the NHL. This year sees a number of big departures from the list in the players who have aged out. Nic Deslauriers, Marcus...

Sabres re-sign Zemgus Girgensons to one-year contract

The Latvian Locomotive is back for another season with the Sabres. With the turning of the calendar from August to September, the attention of many Sabres fans has turned toward the status of the team’s two remaining restricted free agents, Rasmus Riatolainen and Zemgus Girgensons. Now that number is down to one, as the Sabres announced that they’ve reached an agreement with Girgegnsons on a one-year deal. The #LatvianLocomotive is back! @zemgus94 signs one-year deal ▶️▶️ https://t.co/RuUCFXNkKG pic.twitter.com/HeF1jeJeDw— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) September 1,...

Sabres fall in ESPN prospect rankings

The Sabres don’t quite have the farm system they once did, but they still have some nice pieces for the future. Each year, one of our favorite articles to argue over is ESPN writer Corey Pronman’s organizational prospect rankings. They’ve been fun for Sabres fans because, as the team has recently gotten worse, their farm system has gotten better. Now, as the team has young studs like Jack Eichel, Sam Reinhart, and Rasmus Ristolainen firmly entrenched in their NHL lineup, and seeing as they’ve used other promising prospects like Joel Armia and Brendan Lemieux in trades, their...
Die By The Blade Aug 30, 2016

Sabres Links: Eichel looking forward, Sabre name new scout, Torres signs PTO

Raffi Torres is the biggest news during a quiet week in the NHL. Sabres Links Jack Eichel looking forward at World Cup [WGR 550] Jeff Crisp was named the Sabres head scout [The Peterborough Examiner] Sabres are among five teams still trying to sign RFAs [Sportsnet] Around The League Carolina invited Raffi Torres to camp on a PTO [TSN]