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Jack Eichel casts a big shadow. Evan Rodrigues' biggest chore is stepping out of it to prove he can play on his own. After three quiet seasons at Boston University (21 goals and 39 assists in 115 games), Rodrigues exploded as a senior while playing on Eichel's left wing. Rodrigues put up 21 goals and 40 assists in 41 outings to help the Terriers reach the Frozen Four fina…

With his size and skill, Hudson Fasching never fit in with kids his own age. The man-child was already 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds at age 15. It didn't make sense to play against significantly smaller peers, so Fasching always moved up a few leagues to play with older kids. He's finally got a chance to be the old guy. He's taking it. Fasching, who turns 20 this month, will b…

Jake McCabe knows that at the very least he'll compete for a roster spot in Buffalo. The best-case scenario has the 21-year-old defenseman starting on the Sabres' blue line next season. "I can't say exactly where I'll fit in, but I'm hoping to play my best hockey I've played and show the coaching staff that I am ready to play at that next level," McCabe said in First Niag…

Before he ever plays a game for the Sabres wearing the number, Jack Eichel is easily the most prominent player to don No. 15 in team history. A check of Hockey-Reference.com shows 15 has been worn by 20 different players in the franchise's 45 seasons, most recently by Colin Stuart in 2012.  The most accomplished No. 15s are probably former captain and GM Gerry Meehan (197…

The Sabres are set to welcome at least 13,000 fans to First Niagara Center for the annual prospect scrimmage. Here are the teams that will take the ice Friday night, presented as the anticipated lines and defense pairings. Team One Forwards Evan Rodrigues-Jack Eichel-Nicholas Baptiste Victor Oloffson-Hampus Gustafsson-Vaclav Karabacek Ryan Verbeek-Giorgio Estephan-Chris…

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Here's the answer you've been waiting for: Jack Eichel will wear No. 15 once he rolls on the ice for games with the Buffalo Sabres this fall. "If the opportunity presented itself to make the team and be a part of the Sabres next year, I'd be wearing No. 15," Eichel said today in First Niagara Center following the pregame skate for tonight's development camp scrimmage. "I …

Dan Bylsma has completed his coaching staff today with the announcement that the Sabres have hired Andrew Allen to be their new goaltending coach. Allen spent the last four seasons as the developmental goalie coach for the Chicago Blackhawks, where he supervised the Hawks' goalies at their AHL affiliate in Rockford, Ill. Allen replaces Arturs Irbe, who earned wide praise…

----According to a report by Alexander Nilsson of SportExpressen in Sweden, the Sabres have hired Anders Forsberg as their director of European scouting. Forsberg, who was fired last season as the coach of MODO in the Swedish Elite League, was a scout with the Ottawa Senators when Buffalo GM Tim Murray was assistant GM there. "Tim is perhaps the best hockey man I encounte…

A lot of players give credit to their coaches for teaching them on-ice skills and off-ice lessons. Jean Dupuy can thank Sheldon Keefe for giving him a professional career. Dupuy was a nondescript, undrafted forward who had little chance of advancing past junior hockey until a trade to Keefe’s team. Now the 20-year-old is in Buffalo for development camp and eager to begin …

On the streets of Buffalo and in front of the relentless onslaught of cameras and microphones, Jack Eichel is a superstar. "I wouldn't really say it like that," he said sheepishly Monday. "It's the first taste of being somebody who is highly touted, I guess you could say. People have been talking, and obviously there's a lot of expectations around me. It's something I rea…

Pretty easy to forget the Sabres have the last two No. 2 overall picks at development camp this week. With so much attention bestowed on Jack Eichel, Sam Reinhart can pretty much go about his business under the radar during the gathering in First Niagara Center. Sure wasn't like that for him last summer. So what did the Sabres brass do? They decided to have their top pick…

On a beautiful 80-degree day in downtown Buffalo, hundreds of hockey fans skipped the sunshine to get a look at Jack Eichel. They welcomed him with loud roar Monday afternoon when his skates first hit the ice in First Niagara Center. “It was pretty cool,” he said. “It was definitely kind of a special moment.” The No. 2 overall draft pick has spent plenty of time in Weste…

Dan Lambert had immediate success as a junior hockey coach. That career is over. He's with the Sabres now. Buffalo coach Dan Bylsma has added Lambert as the third assistant to his staff, with the 45-year-old joining Terry Murray and Dave Barr. The former Kelowna bench boss was on the ice with the Sabres' prospects Monday during the opening day of development camp. Lamber…

Aside from Jack Eichel's uniform number, which is still to be decided, the most common inquiry we're getting lately is for details on the development camp schedule. Sort of like Ryan O'Reilly's contract extension, that has now been finalized as well. All sessions are free and open to the public except the July 10 Blue & Gold scrimmage, which is at 7 p.m. and is a tick…

The Sabres' announcement of Ryan O'Reilly's seven-year, $52.5-million contract extension opened a flood of news from the team and the Rochester Amerks. Here's a quick rundown: ---The Sabres confirmed the signing of Cal O'Reilly, Ryan's older brother. It was initially reported earlier in the week by TSN but GM Tim Murray said on Wednesday the deal had yet to be completed. …