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ROCHESTER – Andrew Oglevie thought nothing of that first hit he took three months ago. The Buffalo Sabres' prospect popped up and continued his shift in the Prospects Challenge opener. But when he returned to the bench that night, a teammate asked the question on everyone’s mind. “Someone was like, ‘You all right, Ogs?’ And I’m like, ‘Why wouldn’t I be?’ ” Oglevie sa…

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ROCHESTER – Before winger Victor Olofsson emerged as one of the Buffalo Sabres’ top prospects, their 2014 draft ranked among the worst in franchise history. Other than Olofsson, a rare seventh-round gem, only winger Sam Reinhart, the second overall pick, has paid dividends. In the last five years, the Sabres have traded or let go of six other selections. None of them…

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Casey Nelson wishes things went differently Saturday afternoon in Denver. Most of all, he wishes he had a better view of Nikita Zadorov's high hit on Jack Eichel because he says that would have prompted a different reaction from him. Nelson has endured a boatload of criticism for his lack of reaction to the play, where he simply skated over and stood next to Zadorov whi…

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Rochester Americans winger Andrew Oglevie will return for Friday’s home game against Syracuse, the rookie’s first game since Nov. 30, according to coach Chris Taylor. Oglevie, 23, has missed the last 29 contests after suffering two concussions over the first two months of his pro career. Meanwhile, Taylor said defenseman Casey Nelson will play again Friday, his fourt…

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ROCHESTER – Casey Nelson couldn’t even finish one shift Friday. Just 39 seconds into the defenseman’s American Hockey League conditioning assignment, Springfield’s Dryden Hunt checked him from behind, knocking his throat into the dasher board. “Not how you want to start off,” Nelson said after the Americans throttled the Thunderbirds 7-1 in Blue Cross Arena. “It woke me…

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Casey Nelson is one step closer to possibly returning to the Buffalo Sabres' lineup. Nelson, a 26-year-old defenseman, began a conditioning assignment with Rochester on Friday. Nelson, who has missed the past 24 games with an upper-body injury, was available to play for the Amerks Friday night against Springfield and can appear in up to three AHL games before the Sabres…

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Neither Jack Eichel nor Jeff Skinner were on the ice in HarborCenter when the Buffalo Sabres returned to practice Sunday afternoon. Both forwards were still in transit from All-Star festivities in San Jose and will not skate with the team until Monday. That forced coach Phil Housley to give Sam Reinhart a linemate who had not skated with the team in nearly two months: d…

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The Buffalo Sabres' defense could be closer to full strength when they return to Washington for a Friday prime-time matchup against the Capitals in Capital One Arena. Jake McCabe and Lawrence Pilut, both on injured reserve, could return to the lineup either Friday against the Capitals or Saturday when the Sabres host the Anaheim Ducks in KeyBank Center, coach Phil Housl…

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SAINT PAUL, Minn. — Amid a four-game winning streak that's included poor play for long stretches, Sabres coach Phil Housley made another change to try to address some issues on the blue line. Defenseman Casey Nelson will replace Nathan Beaulieu in Buffalo's lineup for the 6 p.m. puck drop tonight against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. Also, backup goalie Linu…

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Carter Hutton has had plenty of success stopping the puck in the first two games of the season. But the veteran's most important contribution to the Buffalo Sabres thus far goes well beyond that. Starting in preseason, the team's new No. 1 goaltender has immediately injected belief into his teammates and the fans. He can cover mistakes with a big save. He can help with …

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EDINA, Minn. – Casey Nelson knows he has a big advantage on paper when it comes to earning a job with the Buffalo Sabres this season. He wants to make sure his play on the ice seals the deal. One of the big storylines of training camp will be which players can be sent to Rochester without waivers and which ones cannot. The Sabres can send down Brendan Guhle, their 21-ye…

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Just under two months from when he could have become an unrestricted free agent, defenseman Casey Nelson made it clear where he wanted to be. Nelson re-signed with the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday, with the club announcing he has inked a two-year, $1.625 million deal. The cap hit will be $812,500. He had been a rare Group VI free agent, for players 25 or older who had…

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SUNRISE, Fla. – The Buffalo Sabres couldn't wait to see their new-look defense corps prior to the season. Due to a barrage of injuries and ineffective play, the pairings weren't as competent as anyone hoped. Coach Phil Housley feels he's found a solid one. Casey Nelson and Victor Antipin formed the Sabres' second pairing Friday night against Florida, the third straig…

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Jason Botterill isn't going to fix the Buffalo Sabres by Monday's trade deadline. The general manager is expected to make significant moves, of course, but there will still be holes everywhere in the organization. That actually could be a good thing as college free agency approaches. When NHL unrestricted free agents look for contracts, they weigh everything from dol…

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The special-teams units for the Buffalo Sabres and Colorado Avalanche combined for five goals Sunday night. Colorado did more at even strength, and that was the difference. Buffalo's modest two-game winning streak came to an end with a 5-4 loss in KeyBank Center. The Avs entered the third period with a slim 3-2 edge, but they scored twice in the opening seven minutes…