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Die By The Blade Sep 7, 2014
Buffalo Sabres Top 25 Under 25: #8 - Mikhail Grigorenko

Buffalo Sabres Top 25 Under 25: #8 - Mikhail Grigorenko

After two years of moving all over the place, Grigorenko should be more settled in Rochester this season. Mikhail Grigorenko Position: Center Age: 20 Height: 6'3" Weight: 209 lbs. Acquired: Taken in the 1st round (12th overall) in the 2012 draft Last year's ranking: 4 Forget the past two years happened. I know it's hard to do, but when you step back and look at the situation you realize it's far too early to give up on Grigorenko. You have a 20-year-old forward with a lot of size and wonderful playmaking ability. There are many players from the 2012 draft that have yet to make much of an...
Die By The Blade Sep 6, 2014

A look at the First Niagara Center in NHL 15

The Sabres arena will look more accurate in the newest NHL video game. One of the features of this year's installment of the EA Sports NHL series features "authentic arenas." They've been releasing the arenas slowly throughout the off-season, but the Sabres were one of the last to be unveiled. More First Niagara Center in NHL15 pic.twitter.com/9afyoaP5Bn — Frozen Faceoff (@FrozenFaceoff) September 5, 2014 At first glance it looks like the EA team did a pretty good job. The Ted Darling Press Box is accurate, the scoreboard is correct (minus the B sword logo that the team no longer...
Die By The Blade Sep 6, 2014
Buffalo Sabres Top 25 Under 25: #9 - Nikita Zadorov

Buffalo Sabres Top 25 Under 25: #9 - Nikita Zadorov

Little Z has quickly become one of the most exciting prospects in the Sabres organization. Nikita Zadorov Position: Defense Age: 19 Height: 6'5" Weight: 220 lbs. Acquired: Taken in the 1st round (16th overall) in the 2013 draft 2013-14 team: Buffalo/London Knights (OHL) Last year's ranking: 12 When you think about the reasons Sabres fans are excited for the future, Zadorov is pretty high on the list. He's huge, he's physical, and he showed last season that he can score too. You can't forget he's also still 19. He's still a bit raw, but once he gets everything together he has all the tools...
Die By The Blade Sep 5, 2014

Buffalo Sabres Top 25 Under 25: #10 - Marcus Foligno

We've made it to the top ten players on the list. Coming in at number ten is Marcus Foligno, a player that many fans are still unsure will ever return to his initial NHL scoring touch. Marcus Foligno Position: Left Wing Age: 23 Height: 6'3" Weight: 223 lbs. Acquired: Taken in the fourth round (104th overall) in the 2009 draft 2013-14 team: Buffalo Last year's ranking: 9 When Marcus Foligno was first called up to Buffalo, he had a stellar time scoring points. He was nearly a point a game player, notching 13 points in 14 games. However, he hasn't really come close to that since. Does he...
Die By The Blade Sep 3, 2014

Buffalo Sabres Top 25 Under 25: #12 - Joel Armia

Although he was selected in the first round, Armia has been overlooked in a deep prospect pool. Joel Armia Position: Right Wing Age: 21 Height: 6'3" Weight: 192 lbs. 2013-14 team: Rochester Acquired: Taken in the first round (16th overall) in the 2011 draft Last year's ranking: 7 The Sabres have had quite a few first round picks in the past few years. Of all of them, Joel Armia is the lowest ranked on our list. Armia has progressing rather well in Europe after being drafted, widely considered one of the top young talents out of Finland. In 2012 he was second in scoring at the World Juniors...
Die By The Blade Sep 2, 2014

Buffalo Sabres Top 25 Under 25: #13 - Johan Larsson

The two-way forward produced in Rochester this year, but has yet to score his first NHL goal. Johan Larsson Position: Left Wing Age: 22 Height: 5'11" Weight: 206 lbs. 2013-14 team: Rochester/Buffalo Acquired: Traded along with Matt Hackett, a 2013 first round pick (Zadorov), and a 2014 second round pick (Karabacek) from Minnesota for Jason Pominville and a fourth round pick Last year's ranking: 11 He may not be the flashiest player in the world, but Johan Larsson has become a pretty solid prospect in the Sabres system. Although he wasn't in the same realm in the Wild organization as...
Die By The Blade Sep 1, 2014
Buffalo Sabres Top 25 Under 25: #14 - Chad Ruhwedel

Buffalo Sabres Top 25 Under 25: #14 - Chad Ruhwedel

The San Diego native looks to make his big leap into the NHL this season. Chad Ruhwedel Position: Defense Age: 24 Height: 5'11" Weight: 181 lbs. 2013-14 team: Rochester/Buffalo Acquired: Signed as an undrafted free agent Last year's ranking: 14 The Sabres have quite the collection of young defenseman. One that gets somewhat overlooked is Chad Ruhwedel, who will likely get a long look in Buffalo this season. This season was Ruhwedel's first full year in the organization, as he signed with the team after the conclusion of his UMass-Lowell season. This season Ruhwedel was sent down to...
Die By The Blade Aug 31, 2014
Buffalo Sabres Top 25 Under 25: #15 - JT Compher

Buffalo Sabres Top 25 Under 25: #15 - JT Compher

The Big Ten Freshman of the Year had a spectacular season at Michigan. JT Compher Position: Left Wing Age: 19 Height: 6'0" Weight: 182 lbs. 2013-14 team: Michigan (NCAA) Acquired: Taken in the second round (35th overall) in the 2013 draft Last year's ranking: 19th From the time they drafted him it was apparent the Sabres were very high on JT Compher. Darcy Regier sent Andrej Sekera to Carolina in order to move up to take the talented winger. It may be a new regime in Buffalo now, but I'm sure Tim Murray is very happy to have Compher in the bullpen. In his first year at Michigan Compher led...
Die By The Blade Aug 30, 2014

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

The second pick of the Sabres this season, Lemieux brings a combination of grit and scoring to the Sabres prospect pool. Brendan Lemieux Position: Left Wing Age: 18 Height: 6'0" Weight: 209 lbs. 2013-14 team: Barrie Colts (OHL) Acquired: Taken in the second round (31st overall) in the 2014 draft Last year's ranking: N/A Since being taken with the first pick of the second round, Brendan Lemieux has been a controversial selection here on Die By The Blade. Some readers see him as having real top six potential, while others look at him and think that he projects as nothing more than a bottom...
Die By The Blade Aug 29, 2014

Sabres Links: Sabres day on Pro Hockey Talk

It was Sabres day over on Pro Hockey Talk! Check out what they had to say about our beloved Buffalo hockey team. Sabres Links Looking to make the leap: Sam Reinhart [Pro Hockey Talk] Mikhail Grigorenko was listed as the Sabre under the most pressure [Pro Hockey Talk] Dominik Hasek was voted the best Sabre of all time. Somewhat surprisingly Pat Lafontaine beat out Gilbert Perreault [Pro Hockey Talk] Is Colorado's rise a fair example for the Sabres [Pro Hockey Talk] With Steve Ott gone, who will be the Sabres next captain [Pro Hockey Talk] Around The League Why a big contract to Ryan...
Die By The Blade Aug 28, 2014
Buffalo Sabres Top 25 Under 25: #16 (T) Nicolas Deslauriers

Buffalo Sabres Top 25 Under 25: #16 (T) Nicolas Deslauriers

The converted forward played well in Buffalo, but had trouble putting the puck in the net. Nicolas Deslauriers Position: Left Wing/Defense Age: 23 Height: 6'0" Weight: 198 lbs. 2013-14 team: Manchester/Buffalo/Rochester Acquired: Traded from the Los Angeles Kings along with Hudson Fasching for Brayden McNabb and two second round picks Last year's ranking: N/A Nicolas Deslauriers was never great at the defensive side of playing defense, so it made sense that the Kings organization would try something new. They moved him to forward, and he excelled. Deslauriers had a breakout season with...
Die By The Blade Aug 28, 2014
Sabres Links: Americans to play in Buffalo, Kaleta's foundation helps a man, Eichel coming to Buffalo

Sabres Links: Americans to play in Buffalo, Kaleta's foundation helps a man, Eichel coming to Buffalo

Patrick Kaleta may have a rough reputation around the league, but he had a nice assist off the ice recently. Sabres Links Rochester released their schedule yesterday, and for the third straight year the Americans will be playing a game in Buffalo [Amerks.com] Patrick Kaleta's HITS foundation helped support a gift for a local man [Sabres.com] Jack Eichel headlines the All-American Prospects roster that will be playing this fall at the First Niagara Center [Buffalo Hockey Beat] Around The League Not surprisingly, the NHL has denied all of the expansion rumors [TSN] The Devils have invited...
Die By The Blade Aug 27, 2014

Buffalo Sabres Top 25 Under 25: #18 Hudson Fasching

Still fresh in the Sabres system, Fasching cracks the top twenty in his first year of eligibility in the Sabres Top 25 Under 25. Hudson Fasching Position: RW Age: 19 Height: 6'2" Weight: 207 lbs. 2013-14 team: Minnesota (NCAA) Acquired: Traded from the Los Angeles Kings along with Nicolas Deslauriers for Brayden McNabb and two second-round picks Last year's ranking: N/A The Sabres had to pay a hefty price to land Hudson Fasching, but that's what was needed to be able to pry him away from the Kings. Fasching had an excellent season with the Minnesota Golden Gophers, who lost to Union in the...
Die By The Blade Aug 27, 2014

Sabres Links: Las Vegas reportedly close for expansion, Hodgson listed as a fantasy sleeper

A report came out yesterday that the NHL is close with expansion plans with Las Vegas, which could seriously affect the Sabres draft if expansion was to come as early as next season. Sabres Links NHL.com listed Cody Hodgson as one of the top fantasy sleepers for this season [NHL.com] Around The League According to one report expansion to Las Vegas is a "done deal" [The Score] The Oilers are still optimistic they can get a deal done with RFA Justin Schultz before the season starts [Edmonton Journal] The Penguins aren't in any rush to sign Marc-Andre Fleury to a new deal [Pittsburgh...
Die By The Blade Aug 26, 2014
Buffalo Sabres Top 25 Under 25: #19 - Linus Ullmark

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

The Swedish Hockey League goalie of the year has some thinking he's the Sabres netminder of the future. Linus Ullmark Position: Goalie Age: 21 Height: 6'3" Weight: 198 lbs. 2013-14 team: MODO (SHL) Last year's ranking: Not ranked The Sabres famously found their goalie of the future when they took Ryan Miller in the fifth round of the 1999 draft. Did they find their next goalie of the future in the sixth round of 2012? Linus Ullmark dazzled in his first full season in the SHL, the top level of hockey in Sweden, and was named the SHL Goalie of the Year. Last season he had a 2.08 GAA and a...
Die By The Blade Aug 25, 2014

Buffalo Sabres Top 25 Under 25: #20 - Nick Baptiste

Baptiste could get a look in Buffalo earlier than many thought he would. Nick Baptiste Position: RW Age: 19 Height: 6'1" Weight: 201 lbs. 2013-14 team: Sudbury Wolves (OHL) Acquired: Taken in the third round (69th overall) in the 2013 draft Last year's ranking: Not ranked A third-round pick last season, Baptiste had an excellent season, propelling him from unranked to 20th in the Top 25 Under 25. After being drafted by the Sabres last season Baptiste upped his production heavily, which earned him an entry-level contract with the team this off-season. He will likely at least get a shot...
Die By The Blade Aug 24, 2014
Buffalo Sabres Top 25 Under 25: #21 - Dan Catenacci

Buffalo Sabres Top 25 Under 25: #21 - Dan Catenacci

The speedy forward's production wasn't earth shattering in his first professional season. Dan Catenacci Position: C Age: 21 Height: 5'10" Weight: 183 lbs. 2013-14 team: Rochester Acquired: Taken in the third round (77th overall) in the 2011 draft Last year's ranking: 15 Catennacci was lighting up the OHL with the Owen Sound Attack and the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. His scoring went down quite a bit in his first season in the AHL, only scoring ten goals and ten assists. He's got impressive speed and acceleration, but also isn't afraid to get into the corners and utilize a physical game. He...
Die By The Blade Aug 23, 2014
Buffalo Sabres Top 25 Under 25: #22 - Matt Hackett

Buffalo Sabres Top 25 Under 25: #22 - Matt Hackett

One of the biggest drops from last year's rankings, Hackett needs to prove that he still has potential to be an NHL goaltender. Matt Hackett Position: Goalie Age: 24 Height: 6'2" Weight: 170 lbs. 2013-14 team: Rochester/Buffalo Acquired: Traded along with Johan Larsson from Minnesota for Jason Pominville Last year's ranking: 13 The Minnesota Wild once thought of Hackett as the goalie of the future. He fell out of favor in Minnesota, and unfortunately his first full year in Rochester didn't go wonderfully either. He's one of the players trending down the most on our list, moving down nine...
Die By The Blade Aug 21, 2014
If You Could Change One Rule...

If You Could Change One Rule...

There are many rules in the NHL and some are more popular than others. If you could change one NHL rule, what would it be? Hockey fans tend to be a fickle bunch when talking about rules. As long as the rules work to the benefit of your team, why change anything? And if there's a rule that somehow puts your side at a disadvantage, you can bet fights have been started (mostly over the Internet) about exactly how Gary Bettman has conspired to deny your team (Buffalo Sabres) a shot at all the glory (he has). Then there are always the safety-inspired rule changes, which have seen a lot of...
Die By The Blade Aug 21, 2014

Buffalo Sabres Top 25 Under 25: #23 - Nathan Lieuwen

Lieuwen donned the Sabres jersey in a regular season game for the first time this season in his second year of professional hockey. How does he compare to the other goaltenders in the system? Nathan Lieuwen Position: Goalie Age: 23 Height: 6'5" Weight: 192 lbs. 2013-14 team: Rochester/Buffalo Acquired: Taken in the sixth round (167th) in the 2011 draft Last year's ranking: Not ranked For many years the goaltending position was an afterthought, as everyone knew Ryan Miller would be carrying as big of a load as he could. Those days are over, and the Sabres have some questions going forward...

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