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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…

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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 …