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Times Herald

Anything could happen as GM Jason Botterill tries to overhaul Sabres

BUFFALO – Right now, save for young centers Jack Eichel and Casey Mittelstadt, anyone is probably available from the Sabres if you meet their asking price. So for a puck-moving defenseman and a speedy winger capable of scoring 20 goals, perhaps you can pry center Ryan O’Reilly away at the NHL Draft later this week in Dallas or in the near future. Rasmus Ristolainen is clearly beaten down by the Sabres’ constant losing. A ... Read the full article The post Anything could happen as GM Jason Botterill tries to overhaul Sabres appeared first on Buffalo Hockey Beat.

Eyes On The Prize

The Montreal Canadiens select...: Brady Tkachuk has the skill set to be drafted third overall

A series on the top prospects the Canadiens will be considering at the draft on June 22. The Montreal Canadiens won the lottery for the third overall pick on April 28, moving up one spot from the fourth position that finishing 28th in the league standings initially garnered them. It put the organization in a great position to add a top prospect from the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. There is no doubt that Rasmus Dahlin (picked by the Buffalo Sabres) and Andrei Svechnikov (Carolina Hurricanes) will be gone by the time the Canadiens are put on the clock, but they will have a selection of several...

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2018 NHL Draft Profile: Ty Dellandrea the underrated center

The draft this year isn’t full of top end centers, but some people may be overlooking Ty Dellandrea So far we’ve focused on defensemen and wingers in these 2018 NHL Draft prospect profiles. The Buffalo Sabres are still pretty deep at center with Jack Eichel, Rasmus Asplund, Cliff Pu, Sean Malone, Casey Mittelstadt and at the moment Ryan O’Reilly. Even though that’s a position of strength at the moment, like defense, you can never have too much depth down the middle. It’s a critical position that is always in demand around the league. This draft isn’t full of centers, but Ty...

SportsDay

Ex-Star and current Buffalo Sabres GM Jason Botterill expected to take Swedish defender with first overall pick

In 1994, the Stars selected a hulking winger from the University of Michigan with the 20th pick in the NHL draft.On Friday, Jason Botterill returns to start the Rasmus Dahlin draft at American Airlines Center.Buffalo, with Botterill as general manager, is expected to use the first pick to select Dahlin, the 18-year-old puck-moving Swedish defenseman. The Stars have the 13th choice.Mats Sundin, to Quebec in 1987, is the last Swede to go first in the draft. Sundin had 420 goals in an 18-year NHL career.Dahlin is viewed as a generational-type player along the lines of Edmonton center Connor...

Last Word on Hockey

Buffalo Sabres Sign Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen

The Buffalo Sabres announced today that the team has signed goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen to a three-year, entry-level contract. The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen to a three-year, entry-level contract. https://t.co/VoYVuHr0yL — Sabres PR (@SabresPR) June 14, 2018 Sabres Sign Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen was drafted in the second round, 54th overall by the Sabres in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. The 19-year-old native of Espoo, Finland is a rather large netminder standing at 6-foot-4 and weighing in at 198 pounds. This past...

Times Herald

Sabres sign goalie Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen to entry-level contract

BUFFALO – The Sabres have signed prospect Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, the top-rated goalie in last year’s NHL Draft, to a three-year, entry-level contract, the team announced today. The Sabres picked Luukkonen, 19, in the second round, 54th overall. He spent most of last season at home in Finland playing for Leki, going 11-11-2 with a 2.92 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage for the second-division club. The 6-foot-4, 198-pound Luukkonen also represented Finland at ... Read the full article The post Sabres sign goalie Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen to entry-level contract appeared first on...

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NEWS: Buffalo Sabres sign Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen

The 2017 draft pick signs a three-year, entry-level deal. The Buffalo Sabres announced Thursday that the team has signed goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen to a three-year, entry-level contract. The 19-year-old was drafted by the Sabres in 2017, with the 54th overall selection. Luukkonen, 6’4”, 196 pounds, is a native of Espoo, Finland. He spent most of last season playing with LeKi, where he appeared in 24 games and put up a 2.92 GAA and .909 save percentage. Luukkonen also played for HPK Hameenlinna (1 game) and HPK’s U-20 team. He also played in the 2018 World Junior Championships in...

Canes Country

NHL Scouting Combine: Does it Matter?

The NHL Scouting Combine has become a big event in the hockey community, but should it be? Every year, about a month before the NHL Draft, roughly one hundred NHL hopefuls come together for the NHL Draft Scouting Combine, an event wherein prospects take various fitness tests and have their results evaluated by, well, everyone. For the fifth consecutive year, the festivities were held in Buffalo, New York. Buffalo plays a role in something I have been thinking about a lot over the past few weeks. More specifically, the Buffalo Sabres. In 2017, a player made headlines at the combine for the...

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2018 NHL Draft Profile: Jonny Tychonick the wildcard defender

Jonny Tychonick is an excellent skater, but has a lot of inconsistencies in his game We’re just about a week from the 2018 NHL Draft in Dallas. We’ll continue meeting options for the Buffalo Sabres to consider early in the second round or late in round one. This time around it’s the interesting defenseman from the BCHL Jonny Tychonick. There’s a lot to like about his game, but also has a few red flags that stand out. The Numbers Height: 6’0” Weight: 174 lbs. Age: 18 Position: D Shoots: L Nationality: Canada Team: Penticton Vees (BCHL) Tychonick is from the Junior A BCHL in...

Times Herald

NHL Draft prospect Jack Drury wants to carve own career path

BUFFALO – In the hockey world, the Drury name holds weight, so having those five letters stitched on the back of your jersey can be a blessing as well as a burden for a youngster like Jack Drury. Drury’s uncle, Chris, is a legend in these parts. In his three seasons here, the former co-captain nearly led the Sabres to the Stanley Cup final twice, cementing his reputation for clutch play. The center also won ... Read the full article The post NHL Draft prospect Jack Drury wants to carve own career path appeared first on Buffalo Hockey Beat.

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Goalies Who the Sabres Could Pursue This Summer

Sabres will need to fill one of their goaltender spots this summer With all of the intrigue and speculation surrounding the upcoming NHL draft, and the increasingly interesting Ryan O’Reilly trade debate, fans have been relatively silent regarding the Sabres goaltending situation. For nearly a year it has been all but a forgone conclusion that Linus Ullmark would take the reigns as the team’s starter, but who will fill the other goalie slot in Buffalo next season? At this point, it is all but certain that Chad Johnson will become an unrestricted free agent. Soon to be RFA, Robin Lehner...

Defending Big D

2018 NHL Entry Draft: Top 101 Rankings

Rasmus Dahlin is the gem of this year’s class, but there is no shortage of future NHL talent behind him. Let’s get the most obvious information out of the way first: Rasmus Dahlin is the best player in this year’s draft. A Swedish defenseman who possesses every single tool you could want a blueliner to have, and prospects like him are incredibly rare and incredibly valuable. Barring nothing short of an act of fate, Dahlin is going to get chosen first overall by the Buffalo Sabres. In a similar vein, it’s agreed upon by most scouts that Russian winger Andrei Svechnikov and Czech...

Hockey Wilderness

The Wild Need To Get Worse, Before They Get Better.

History shows that a top 2 draft pick is needed to win the Stanley Cup There are 2 schools of thought on what the Wild should do. On one side are the people who think the Wild should stay the course. They feel it’s silly to blow everything up because teams such as the Oilers and Sabres who have done exactly that haven’t found the success to come even close to a title. On the other side are the people who say that the Wild need that superstar player that can carry the team, and the only way is to trade the farm and tank. Many think the former sounds like the noble and honorable way...

The Hockey Writers

Sam Reinhart’s Next Sabres Contract

The Buffalo Sabres’ offseason will likely be flooded with news regarding soon-to-be first overall draft pick Rasmus Dahlin, but there is another big story that has been overlooked thus far. Sam Reinhart’s entry-level deal is expiring and the Sabres have a decision to make. His 2017-18 season was the tale of two halves; he started […] The post Sam Reinhart’s Next Sabres Contract appeared first on The Hockey Writers.

The Hockey Writers

Sabres Trade Pieces & Partners

Ever since Buffalo Sabres’ general manager, Jason Botterill expressed a desire to shake up the current core at his end-of-the-season press conference, speculation has run rampant as to which players might be available, and at what cost. This type of conjecture tends to ramp up towards the NHL draft, as teams re-assess their organizational depth, […] The post Sabres Trade Pieces & Partners appeared first on The Hockey Writers.

Winging It In Motown

Red Wings Thoughts on 31 Thoughts

Elliotte Friedman released his latest edition of the always wonderful ‘31 Thoughts’ yesterday and he had a few interested Red Wings related notes. The Draft First off, Thought #13 revolves around the idea that the upcoming NHL Draft doesn’t really begin until Montreal selects at #3. We all know the Sabres are taking Rasmus Dahlin and it’s believed that the Hurricanes are going to draft Andrei Svechnikov. How things shake out after that is up to the Canadiens. Will the Habs go with Filip Zadina, a defenseman or Jesperi Kotkaniemi? Within his thought, Friedman brings up the Wings: I...

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2018 NHL Draft Profile: Scott Perunovich the mid-round steal

Scott Perunovich is an undersized defenseman with a ton of offensive upside We’ve focused mainly on the back half of round one and early stages of round two with our 2018 NHL Draft profiles for the Buffalo Sabres. Those are the picks that get the most attention and beyond that is more of a roll of the dice in the NHL entry draft. This time I’m going to look a little further down the draft board and talk about a prospect that the Sabres could look at with the first pick of the fourth-round potentially in Minnesota-Duluth defenseman Scott Perunovich. The Numbers Height: 5’9” Weight:...

The Hockey Writers

Oilers’ Best Late-Round Draft Options

The Edmonton Oilers are without their fourth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. They do have picks in each of the final three rounds. This is the point where teams start to throw darts on the board hoping something sticks. Unless you were the Buffalo Sabres back in 1974. Whenever you think of the later […] The post Oilers’ Best Late-Round Draft Options appeared first on The Hockey Writers.

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2018 NHL Draft Profile: Alexander Alexeyev the big Russian defender

Alexeyev is a solid two-way defenseman that is a low-risk pick at the end of round one or early round two We all know the Buffalo Sabres are going to take a defenseman to kick off the 2018 NHL Draft. The question is do they double down on defense to start round two or go with a forward? I’ve touched on a few forwards that the Sabres would likely need to trade up to get a chance at and a defenseman that could be available around 32. This time I’m looking at another defender that is pegged to go around 32nd overall in the Russian Alexander Alexeyev. The Numbers Height: 6’3” Weight:...

Defending Big D

DBD Trades Stars’ 13th Pick As Part Of SB Nation NHL Mock Draft

In our mock draft, DBD works a deal with Broad Street Hockey (Philadelphia Flyers) to solve the backup goaltender position for next season. The SB Nation NHL 2018 Mock Draft kicked off earlier this week when the Buffalo Sabres took defenseman Rasmus Dahlin number one overall (to the shock of literally no one...even Buffalo couldn’t possibly screw up that layup, right? RIGHT?!) As the first few picks came off the board, Defending Big D rang up the folks over at Broad Street Hockey covering the Philadelphia Flyers to see if a backup goaltending hole could be filled for the Dallas Stars this...

Editor In Leaf

Toronto Maple Leafs: The Other Rasmus

The Toronto Maple Leafs have no shot at Rasmus #1. Rasmus Dahlin is going to the Buffalo Sabres.  But there’s another Rasmus and the Toronto Maple Leafs, should they keep their pick at 25, have a reasonable shot at him. If your name is Rasmus, the 2018 NHL Draft is your year. Everyone wants that […] Toronto Maple Leafs: The Other Rasmus - Editor In Leaf - Editor In Leaf - A Toronto Maple Leafs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

SportsDay

How does Dallas Stars prospect Miro Heiskanen compare to likely number one pick Rasmus Dahlin?

The top pick in the 2018 NHL Draft is expected to be Rasmus Dahlin from Frolunda in Sweden. The 18 year old defenseman is expected to be a franchise cornerstone for the Buffalo Sabres from the moment he signs his entry level contract. He comes to the NHL with significantly more hype than the top defenseman drafted in 2017, Miro Heiskanen. How do the two compare to each other? Let's see how the 2017 scouting reports of Heiskanen compare to the 2018 scouting reports of Dahlin. I took brief reports on each guy from the same people from right before the draft in 2017 for Heiskanen and now for...

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2018 NHL Mock Draft 2.0

Back with another edition of a 2018 NHL Mock Draft. This version includes trades and the change of the landscape post Scouting Combine The NHL Scouting Combine just wrapped up last weekend in Buffalo. We’ve had some interesting chatter that has come out of the weekend. With the changing landscape, you’ll notice a lot of changes in this version from the previous Also, you’ll notice I’ve added trades into the mix this time around. Including a juicy one in the middle of round one. Let’s get to mock draft 2.0! 1. Buffalo Sabres | Rasmus Dahlin - D - Frolunda (SHL) Duh. 2. Carolina...

SportsDay

5 things to know about Stars' top 2017 pick Miro Heiskanen, including not being alive when Dallas won the Stanley Cup

Editor's note: This article originally published on June 24, 2017. The Dallas Stars selected defenseman Miro Heiskanen with the third overall pick in the NHL draft.Get to know one of the newest Stars....The BasicsName: Miro HeiskanenDate of Birth: July 18, 1999From: Espoo, FinlandHeight: 6'1" Weight: 172 lbs Pos.: DefensemanWait, he's how old?You read that correctly. The third overall pick in the NHL draft is only 17 years old.To put that in perspective: One June 19, 1999, the Stars defeated the Buffalo Sabres in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals to win their first (and only) championship --...

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NHL Mock Draft 2018: Buffalo Sabres select Rasmus Dahlin with No. 1 pick

The Sabres make the pick that everyone expects and finally gets that franchise cornerstone defenseman It’s time for the SB Nation 2018 NHL Mock Draft to get underway. We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to kick things off. So without further ado... With the first pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft the Buffalo Sabres select defenseman from the Frolunda Indians of the SHL, Rasmus Dahlin. Not a lot of suspense this year in the first round for the Sabres. They finally got the ping pong balls to bounce their way and have the luxury of selecting first overall. The luck continues this time...

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Recapping Rasmus Dahlin’s Scouting Combine

Soon to be Sabre Rasmus Dahlin went through the NHL Scouting Combine yesterday in Buffalo Rasmus Dahlin and over a hundred other NHL Draft prospects went through the off-ice testing portion of the NHL Scouting Combine yesterday. The story around Buffalo of course was how Rasmus Dahlin performed with the Buffalo Sabres holding the first overall pick in the draft at the end of the month. Dahlin officially measured 6’2” 3⁄4 and 185 pounds. The second most important issue to resolve was if Dahlin could do a pull up (insert sarcasm font). Well, turns out not only can he do one, but get...

Times Herald

High school prospect Jay O’Brien could be intriguing option for Sabres

BUFFALO – Center Jay O’Brien’s decision to continue his burgeoning hockey career in high school was met with some skepticism. After all, NHL Draft prospects enjoy the option of developing in top junior leagues. O’Brien could’ve spent his senior season playing in the United States Hockey League, a circuit known for producing NHL talent. Some people – “There was a little bit of outside noise,” O’Brien said – tried to talk him out playing at ... Read the full article The post High school prospect Jay O’Brien could be intriguing option for Sabres appeared first on Buffalo...

Times Herald

Rasmus Dahlin embraces spotlight, won’t acknowledge future with Sabres

BUFFALO – About 40 media members, including 20 cameramen, swarmed around Rasmus Dahlin, the presumptive first overall pick in the upcoming NHL Draft. Many youngsters might’ve showcased some nerves in the spotlight answering question after question. Dahlin, less than two months removed from his 18th birthday, reveled in all the attention Friday inside HarborCenter. Dahlin, believe it or not, said he “loves” dealing with the media. “It’s pretty awesome, actually,” the slick defenseman told ... Read the full article The post Rasmus Dahlin embraces spotlight, won’t acknowledge...

Buffalo Sabres win 2018 NHL Draft Lottery

Watch as the Buffalo Sabres beat out the Montreal Canadiens and Carolina Hurricanes to win the 2018 NHL Draft lottery. ----------------------------------------------

Senators, Sabres most desperate teams in Rasmus Dahlin sweepstakes?

Good show discussion with guest host Matthew Barnaby on why the Ottawa Senators and the Buffalo Sabres are the two most desperate teams for the first overall pick at the 2018 NHL Draft.