There may be a Buffalo connection when the IIHF World Junior Championship is held this winter in Czech Republic.
Clarence Center native Case McCarthy, an 18-year-old defenseman recently drafted in the fourth round by the New Jersey Devils, was added to the United States' roster for the World Junior Summer Showcase, which will be held July 26 through Aug. 3 at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich.
Additionally, Sabres prospect defensemen Mattias Samuelsson and Ryan Johnson are playing for one of the United States' two teams for the four-country tournament. The event serves as a tryout for each team's roster for the IIHF World Junior Championship, which will be held Dec. 26 through Jan. 5 in Ostrava and Trinec, Czech Republic.
Samuelsson and Johnson will be teammates on the United States' Blue roster, while McCarthy is on the White roster. Finland, Sweden and Canada also are participating in the showcase.
McCarthy is participating in the Devils' prospect development camp this week and is preparing for his freshman year at Boston University. The right-shot defenseman had five goals among 29 points in 62 games for the USA Hockey National Team Development Program last season, and added one goal among four points at the IIHF Under-18 World Championship this spring.
Prior to spending two seasons with NTDP, McCarthy played for the Buffalo Jr. Sabres and trains in Harborcenter with the Academy of Hockey instructors, including East Amherst native Nick Tuzzolino. McCarthy was selected 118th overall by the Devils at the draft last month in Vancouver.
Samuelsson, a second-round draft pick of the Sabres in 2018, will spend a second consecutive season at Western Michigan University and won a silver medal with the United States at the IIHF World Junior Championship last winter. The 6-foot-4 left-shot defenseman had five goals among 12 points in 35 games as a college freshman.
Johnson, 17, was a first-round draft pick of the Sabres last month. He played for Sioux Falls of the United States Hockey League last season, scoring six goals among 25 points in 54 regular-season games. Johnson will be a freshman at the University of Minnesota this fall.
Dylan Cozens, an 18-year-old center selected seventh overall by the Sabres last month, will not be able to play for Canada because he underwent surgery on his left thumb. Cozens is expected to miss up to three months, which should not rule him out from representing Canada at world juniors.
Winger Filip Cederqvist, who was drafted in the fifth round by the Sabres last month, is listed on Sweden's roster for the showcase. Cederqvist, 18, played 33 regular-season games in 2018-19 for the Vaxjo of the Swedish Hockey League, scoring four goals among eight points.
Rochester to open season at home
The Amerks will open the American Hockey League season in Blue Cross Arena on Oct. 4, when they host the Syracuse Crunch at 7:05 p.m. The league will release the entire regular-season schedule Wednesday.
This will be Rochester's 64th season in the American Hockey League and 38th as an affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres.
Arbitration hearing dates
The National Hockey League Players Association announced Tuesday hearing dates for players who elected salary arbitration.
The following four Sabres restricted free agents will have their cases heard in Toronto: Center Evan Rodrigues (July 23), winger Remi Elie (Aug. 1), goalie Linus Ullmark (Aug. 2) and defenseman Jake McCabe (Aug. 4).
Each player received a qualifying offer from the Sabres last month, however, they filed for arbitration in hopes of increasing their proposed salary for 2019-20.
Prior to the arbitration hearing, both sides must submit briefings detailing, and each has 90 minutes to present their case, with time for rebuttals. The arbitrator then has 48 hours to make a decision.
Once the decision is rendered, the team has 48 hours to accept or deny the arbitrator's decision. The latter would make the player in question an unrestricted free agent.