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Right now, the Rochester Americans just want to “get a look” at Buffalo Sabres goalie prospect Jonas Johansson, coach Chris Taylor said. “We’re going to get him up here for a couple of days,” Taylor said. Considering the first-place Amerks have two goalies in Scott Wedgewood and Adam Wilcox, Johansson’s recall from the ECHL Cincinnati Cyclones on Monday was a bit sur…

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Longtime Sabres beat writer Bill Hoppe of BuffaloHockeyBeat.com, will be writing about Sabres prospects, the Rochester Americans and related topics this season. ROCHESTER – It’s easy to tell when Sabres prospect Brendan Guhle is feeling confident. At his best, the slick defenseman consistently joins the attack, generating offense. “That’s probably the biggest asset o…

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When the Tampa Bay Lightning waived Cory Conacher last month, they boosted the winger’s confidence and rewarded his service to the organization. “Before they sent me down, they said, ‘I’m an NHL player and everyone in the lineup is also an NHL player,’” said Conacher, the American Hockey League’s leading scorer with 25 points in only 12 games with the Syracuse Crunch. …

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Longtime Buffalo Sabres beat writer Bill Hoppe of BuffaloHockeyBeat.com, will be writing about Sabres prospects, the Rochester Americans and related topics this season. On a team featuring some of the American Hockey League’s leading scorers, high-priced veterans and a slew of talented youngsters, winger Wayne Simpson has quietly carved out an important role for the Roc…

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Longtime Sabres beat writer Bill Hoppe of BuffaloHockeyBeat.com, will be writing about Sabres prospects, the Rochester Americans and related topics this season. The streak started late in March and ended Nov. 16. Over 11 appearances, backup goalie Adam Wilcox compiled a 6-0-2 record, earning points for the Rochester Americans in eight consecutive decisions. After Wil…

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UPDATE: The Sabres have called up Lawrence Pilut in advance of Wednesday night's game against the Philadelphia Flyers. The Sabres placed Patrick Bergulnd on injured reserve.  ROCHESTER – In American Hockey League history, few first-year players have established themselves as stars as quickly as high-scoring Sabres defense prospect Lawrence Pilut. Just 15 games into h…

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ROCHESTER – Sabres prospect Sean Malone quickly learned last season that he had to transform his style. In pro hockey, the skills that helped him morph from an unheralded sixth-round pick into an NHL prospect would only take him so far. So Malone, a high-scoring center at Harvard, adapted as an AHL rookie in 2017-18, embracing his new role as the Amerks’ third-line cent…

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Longtime Sabres beat writer Bill Hoppe of BuffaloHockeyBeat.com will be writing about Sabres prospects, the Rochester Americans and related topics this season. ROCHESTER – Zach Redmond said as his career progressed, he learned getting hung up on points or individual success can create bad habits and hurt you. So the high-scoring Americans defenseman stopped looking at s…

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Not long after the Sabres waived Justin Bailey last month and assigned him to the Rochester Americans, Daniel Briere called to offer him some words of encouragement. Briere knows Bailey, a Williamsville native, from his days starring for the Sabres. Before he morphed into an elite NHL scorer, Briere experienced what Bailey recently went through when the Phoenix Coyotes …

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Longtime Sabres beat writer Bill Hoppe of BuffaloHockeyBeat.com will be writing about Sabres prospects, the Rochester Americans and related topics this season. ROCHESTER – On Friday, Sabres prospect C.J. Smith heard center Yanni Gourde signed a six-year contract extension worth nearly $31 million and felt inspired. Gourde, 26, played 396 minor league contests, includ…

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Longtime Sabres beat writer Bill Hoppe of BuffaloHockeyBeat.com will be writing about Sabres prospects, the Rochester Americans and related topics this season. Sabres prospect Eric Cornel understands he’s playing for his future in his third season with the Rochester Americans. Cornel’s entry-level contract expires following the 2018-19 campaign, meaning Buffalo’s reg…

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Sabres prospect Sean Malone practiced with the Rochester Americans on Thursday for the first time since suffering a knee injury during an NHL exhibition game and could make his season debut next week, coach Chris Taylor said. “He looked great,” Taylor said. “Obviously, it’s great to have him back out there. It was awesome, he looks ready. He’s put a lot of hard work in.…

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ROCHESTER – Taylor Fedun understands the depth that has forced him to watch four games as a healthy scratch is critical to the Americans’ success. In his seven-year career, Fedun, 30, often has been one of the AHL’s best offensive defensemen. Two years ago, he scored five goals and 23 points in 28 games with the Amerks and made a career-high 27 NHL appearances with the …

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Longtime Sabres beat writer Bill Hoppe of BuffaloHockeyBeat.com will be writing about Sabres prospects, the Rochester Americans and related topics this season. Amerks rookie Lawrence Pilut, who missed two recent games with an upper-body injury, is back in the lineup and picked up where he left off. Pilut, 22, had three assists in a 4-0 home victory against the Utica …

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Longtime Sabres beat writer Bill Hoppe of BuffaloHockeyBeat.com will be writing about Sabres prospects, the Rochester Americans and related topics this season. ROCHESTER – Nathan Paetsch signed for his 16th pro season knowing this could happen: So far, the popular former Sabres defenseman has been scratched for all 10 of the Americans’ games. On a blue line that goes…