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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…

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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 – With so many of his Rochester Americans teammates tearing up the AHL, Buffalo Sabres prospect Danny O’Regan often gets overshadowed. O’Regan’s linemate, rookie Victor Olofsson, has scored a league-…

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ROCHESTER – Almost three weeks after the Buffalo Sabres acquired Jack Dougherty from the Nashville Predators and assigned him to the AHL, the defenseman said he’s still in awe of his new surroundings. Dougherty, 22, likes everything about the Americans, from their depth – “It definitely ups the compete level and the battles in practice,” he said – to the meals they serv…

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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 – Americans coach Chris Taylor didn’t hesitate to answer a question about Alexander Nylander’s early career struggles. “Absolutely,” Taylor quickly replied when asked if criticism of the Buffalo Sab…

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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 — Long before Buffalo Sabres prospect Victor Olofsson developed into Sweden’s most lethal goal scorer, he had opportunities to sign his entry-level contract and begin his North American career. Olof…

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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 – Justin Bailey and Chris Taylor go back a few years. In Bailey’s rookie season three years ago, Taylor, then an assistant coach with the Rochester Americans, helped the youngster adjust to the AHL …

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Chris Taylor figures it took about the first 15 or 20 games last season. With a new coaching staff and a slew of fresh faces acquired by a new regime, the Rochester Americans needed time to get comfortable with each other. Taylor, then a rookie head coach, wanted to foster a simple understanding among members of the Buffalo Sabres’ AHL affiliate. “We care about each …

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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 – When Jason Botterill informed Cliff Pu that the Buffalo Sabres had traded him, the general manager’s message was short and a little vague. “He just said, ‘You got traded to the Carolina Hurricanes…

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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. In defenseman Jacob Bryson, Providence College coach Nate Leaman said he sees the qualities of an all-American guy. “He’s a hardworking kid, fun-loving kid, extremely well-liked, I would say,” Leaman said of …

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With Scott Wedgewood and Adam Wilcox penciled in as the Rochester Americans’ goalies this season, prospect Jonas Johansson is likely ticketed for the Cincinnati Cyclones again. The ECHL, a level below the AHL, isn’t exactly rich with NHL prospects. But the league that bills itself as “AA hockey” has proven to be a strong development ground for goalies. Limited space …

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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. Following his best season, Rochester Americans defenseman Zach Redmond said he and his wife, Maggie, discussed every option for the next step of his career. Redmond’s status as an elite AHL player would have …

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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. Nine months ago, after a chronic knee injury forced Mike Weber to retire, the former Buffalo Sabres defenseman returned home to Ontario hoping to start a coaching career. Right away, Weber met with Windsor Sp…

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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. In his first substantial NHL action last season, goalie Scott Wedgewood compiled some pretty underwhelming numbers. By late February, Wedgewood, who posted a bloated 3.45 goals-against average and a weak .895…