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Die By The Blade Jun 26, 2015

Timeline: Jack Eichel's road to Draft Day

The Sabres' tanking saga ends tonight with the selection of Jack Eichel. Today we look back the important markers along the way before he officially becomes a Sabre.
Die By The Blade Jun 26, 2015

Who do you want the Sabres to draft with the 21st pick?

Eichel is obviously the biggest news story of today, but there will likely be a second new Sabre before the night is done. Who the Sabres take with the second overall pick isn't even close to a conversation. Thankfully Buffalo has a second first-round pick to allow for at least a little drama. Where the Sabres go with that pick is really anyone's guess, or if they'll even have the pick by the time the 21st selection will be made. Here, we'll assume that the Sabres will not trade the pick. If that's the case, who is your ideal selection? Do you want to find the goalie of the future in Ilya...

2015 NHL Draft: Order of selection, start time and TV coverage

All the details you need to follow along with Round One of the 2015 NHL Draft. The 2015 NHL Draft begins tonight at 7pm EST, and if you're reading this website, you know just how exciting tonight is going to be. The Buffalo Sabres hold the #2 draft pick, and will almost certainly walk away with Jack Eichel, a player who has been unanimously described by scouts, coaches, and general managers a future superstar, a true franchise center. And if that's not exciting enough, Sabres GM Tim Murray also holds the #21 selection in the first round thanks to the New York Islanders, and with both a war...
Die By The Blade Jun 25, 2015

2015 Sabres Prospect Profiles: Denis Guryanov

Guryanov has the size to be a great power forward in the NHL. Denis Guryanov Position: RW/LW Height: 6'3" Weight: 192 lbs. Current Team: Togliatti (KHL) Central Scouting Ranking: 7 (Europe) ISS Ranking: 24 Denis Guryanov can score, and he's much bigger than a lot of the other scorers in this year's draft. Guryanov spent a majority of this season in Russian juniors, scoring 15 goals and 10 assists in 23 games with Togliatti's MHL squad. He made an eight game appearance in the KHL as well, recording one assist. He had an excellent showing at the U-18s, leading all Russian players in scoring...
Die By The Blade Jun 25, 2015

Sabres announce full 2015-16 schedule

The league released every team's home opener yesterday. Now, they've released the entire slate. We knew the Sabres would be opening their schedule against the Ottawa Senators on October 8th. Now, the league has released the every team's full schedule. The Sabres open up their season with a three-game home stand featuring the Senators, the Eastern Conference Stanley Cup representatives Tampa Bay and the Blue Jackets. The schedule features ten afternoon home games, which could mean the Sabres will be on NBC a handful of occasions to show off Jack Eichel. Speaking of Eichel, he and Connor...

NHL mock draft 2015: Buffalo Sabres select Jacob Larsson with No. 31 pick

OK, so the real mock draft ended at 30, but we figured since the Sabres also have the first pick in the second round, we might as well make it. Officially, the 2015 SBNation NHL mock draft is over. But this is a Buffalo Sabres site, so draft talk is never over! Since the Sabres have pick #31, the first pick in round two, we figured it would make sense to have a go at who Tim Murray and company might pick with the first selection on Day Two. With pick #31, the Sabres select Jacob Larsson, defenseman from Frolunda in the Swedish Hockey League. After selecting forwards with pick two and pick...

Sabres season/home opener scheduled for Thursday, October 8 vs. Ottawa

The Sabres will start the 2015-16 NHL season in the friendly confines of the First Niagara Center, against a familiar foe. The NHL announced each team's home opener today, and the Buffalo Sabres will begin the 2015-16 NHL season at home, facing the Ottawa Senators on Thursday, Oct. 8. The season opener for the entire league is on Wednesday the 7th, with eight teams in action, then things really get going on Thursday when fourteen more teams begin their campaign. The full season schedule will be released tomorrow at 10am EST, so hop on back to find out when and where the other 81 games are,...
Die By The Blade Jun 24, 2015

Sabres among most interested for Eddie Lack according to Aaron Ward

Lack won 32 games last season and started in four playoff games for the Canucks last season. With Chad Johnson as the only goalie currently on the Sabres roster, it's no secret that Tim Murray is searching for a starter. It's a very busy goalie market, with plenty of sellers. Among the most likely to be moved is Vancouver backup Eddie Lack, who TSN's Aaron Ward reports the Sabres are very interested in. Much like NYR and Talbot, VAN has multiple offers on Lack. Hearing BUFF among most interested. #TSN — Aaron Ward (@TSNAaronWard) June 24, 2015 Lack, 27, has played in 41 games for the...

NHL to approve 3-on-3 overtime, projecting the Sabres OT lineups

The summer meetings between the board of governors and general managers brought some big changes to next year's NHL. At the annual NHL summer meetings, some big news is expected to be officially announced. Pending approval by the board of governors, the NHL next year will replace their 4-on-4 overtime with five minutes of 3-on-3 sudden death overtimes, followed by a shootout. Pending B of G approval, NHL will go to 3-on-3 overtime for 5 minutes in regular season games next season. — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 24, 2015 This is an exciting change to the overtime period that...
Die By The Blade Jun 23, 2015

2015 Sabres Draft Profiles: Mackenzie Blackwood

An impressive playoff run propelled Blackwood to first among North American goalies in the Central Scouting Rankings. Mackenzie Blackwood Position: Goalie Position: 6'4" Weight: 205 lbs. Current Team: Barrie Colts (OHL) Central Scouting Ranking: 1 (North America) If we can take Tim Murray for his word, we know one thing: The Sabres are taking a goalie at some point in this draft. The question is when. Ilya Samsonov has been the name most frequently thrown around. If he's off the board, Mackenzie Blackwood would be the next best available. Blackwood had a very successful rookie campaign in...
Die By The Blade Jun 22, 2015

2015 Sabres Draft Profiles: Jake DeBrusk

DeBrusk doubled his point total this season, earning him a spot on most scouts' first round draft boards. Jake DeBrusk Position: LW Height: 6'0" Weight: 174 lbs. Current Team: Swift Current Broncos (WHL) Central Scouting Ranking: 19 (North America) ISS Ranking: 27 DeBrusk took leaps forward this season from his first year in Swift Current, more than doubling his goal and point totals. His play this season likely boosted his stock from a second or third round pick to a late first rounder. DeBrusk led the Broncos in scoring, a team that finished in the last playoff spot in the Eastern...
Die By The Blade Jun 22, 2015

Sabres Links: Eichel week begins, can he produce right away, and Murray's big week

Jack Eichel is obviously coming with great fanfare, but what can we expect from him in his rookie year? Sabres Links Vogl: Could Jack Eichel produce right away for the Sabres? White: Eichel week is finally here [WGR 550] Tim Murray is getting set for a defining draft [NHL.com] Around The League The Panthers are open to moving the 11th pick [NHL.com]
Die By The Blade Jun 21, 2015

2015 Sabres Draft Profiles: Jacob Larsson

Larsson is a strong two-way defenseman with size and talent who could drop to the second round. Jacob Larsson Position: LD Height: 6'2" Weight: 185 lbs. Current Team: Frolunda (SHL) Central Scouting Ranking: 3 (Europe) ISS Ranking: 34 Jacob Larsson has a high ceiling for a player that could slide to the second round. That's one of the perks of a deep draft like this year's. He spent a majority of this season with Frolunda's junior team, scoring eight goals and 11 assists in 19 games. He earned a call-up to the SHL, where he impressed with his steady play. Internationally, Larsson played...
Die By The Blade Jun 20, 2015

2015 Sabres Draft Profiles: Dennis Yan

Dennis Yan scored often in the QMJHL, but his defense slides him down to a second-round rating. Dennis Yan Position: LW Height: 6'1" Weight: 184 lbs. Current Team: Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL) Central Scouting Ranking: 30 (North America) ISS Ranking: 48 Dennis Yan is another player in the draft with U.S. roots and another that played on the Development team. However, it was in the CHL this season when he really clicked offensively. He's a skilled offensive player, which he displayed in his first season of Canadian juniors this season. At the center of his game is his excellent shot, which...
Die By The Blade Jun 19, 2015

2015 Sabres Draft Profiles: Oliver Kylington

A disapointing season has dropped Kylington into the Sabres' range. Oliver Kylington Position: Defense Height: 6'0" Weight: 180 lbs. Current Team: Farjestad (SHL) Central Scouting Ranking: 6 (Europe) ISS Ranking: N/A There was a time this season that Oliver Kylington was expected to be a top five pick. He was ranked as the top European by Central Scouting in their midterm rankings. A lackluster season this year has dropped him down to the second half of this year's draft in nearly all rankings. The tools from before are still there, but Kylington may be one of the riskier picks of the...

NHL mock draft 2015: Buffalo Sabres select Paul Bittner with No. 21 pick

The Sabres have plenty of options on what to do with the #21 pick, and one of them is to address a big organizational weakness. One of the nice things about having such a big pool of picks and prospects, as Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray does this year, is that large war chest gives him plenty of options on draft day when it comes to the late first round and early second round. The Sabres could use the pick as part of a package to trade for, say, a young goaltender, or for an established top-6 veteran with a big contract that another team can't afford to pay. They could move down...
Die By The Blade Jun 18, 2015

News and Notes from the Sabres Pre-Draft Press Conference

Murray and Byslma announced coaching, player personnel and of course the upcoming draft. Sabres GM Tim Murray and head coach Dan Bylsma met with the media this morning to discuss the draft and the team's off-season plans. Here are some of the more interesting things we learned. Bylsma hires assistants Dan Bylsma added two to his coaching staff, former Kings head coach Terry Murray and former Devils assistant Dave Barr. You can read our full write-up about the new members of the staff here. Sabres keeping Johnson Buffalo acquired goalie Chris Johnson from the Islanders at the deadline this...
Die By The Blade Jun 18, 2015

Terry Murray and Dave Barr named Sabres assistant coaches

Dan Bylsma has made his first hires as the Buffalo bench boss. Dan Bylsma announced Terry Murray and Dave Barr the first two members of his coaching staff at the Sabres' pre-draft press conference this morning. Murray, Tim's uncle, has served 15 seasons as a head coach in the league between Washington, Philadelphia, Florida and LA. His last NHL job was with the Kings, who fired him during the 2011-12 season, his third in LA. Last season he was the head coach for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the AHL, posting a 33-35-8 record. He has a 499-383-89-41 career record as a head coach. Barr had...
Broad Street Hockey Jun 18, 2015

Terry Murray hired by Buffalo Sabres; won't coach Flyers or Phantoms next year

The Lehigh Valley Phantoms need a new head coach. There was a lot of talk earlier this offseason that Terry Murray, the former Flyers head coach that's been in charge of the Phantoms for the last several years, would join Dave Hakstol's staff as an assistant coach with the Philadelphia Flyers next season. The logic was that Murray, a coach with years of NHL head coaching experience, would help Hakstol, the NHL newbie, adapt to the professional game and the issues that come along with it. Nope. Not happening. Murray took a job with the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday, joining the staff of their...
Die By The Blade Jun 18, 2015

2015 Sabres Draft Profiles: Noah Juulsen

Juulsen's production jumped more than 500%, leading to some seeing him as a first-round selection. Noah Juulsen Height: 6'2" Weight: 174 lbs. Current Team: Everett Silvertips (WHL) Central Scouting Ranking: 22 ISS Ranking: 29 Few players have seen their stock rise from last year to now more than Noah Juulsen. Much of that is due to a jaw-dropping increase in scoring from 10 points in his first full WHL season to 52 this year. Even just this year alone his stock has risen immensely, as he jumped from 38th in the mid-year Central Scouting Ranking to 22nd on the final list. He went from a...

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