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Dylan Cozens had a fine showing in Sabres training camp, especially for an 18-year-old, but showed no signs of disappointment when he was sent back to junior hockey. Cozens often said he would be glad to develop in Lethbridge of the Western Hockey League if that was the Sabres' decision, and immediately backed up his words when he was returned last week. Cozens was n…

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Dylan Cozens will have to wait to make his National Hockey League debut with the Buffalo Sabres. Cozens, an 18-year-old center drafted seventh overall in June, was assigned to Lethbridge of the Western Hockey League on Thursday morning. He appeared in three preseason games for Buffalo, most recently a 5-3 victory over Toronto on Saturday in KeyBank Center. Cozens did…

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The Buffalo Sabres continue to have major question marks at center, so No. 1 draft pick Dylan Cozens is going to get an even longer look in training camp. The Sabres announced Sunday they have trimmed 15 players from the roster in their initial cuts of coach Ralph Krueger's first camp – but the 18-year-old Cozens remains on the team. The Sabres have assigned forward Art…

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Dylan Cozens may have one last opportunity to prove he is ready to play for the Buffalo Sabres at 18 years old. Cozens, who was drafted seventh overall in June, is among six Sabres who will face the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight in KeyBank Center after playing Friday at Scotiabank Arena. Arttu Ruotsalainen, Curtis Lazar, C.J. Smith, Rasmus Asplund and Henri Jokiharju are …

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UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. — When the emotional rollercoaster finally ended Monday night, Ralph Krueger stood in front of his players inside the Buffalo Sabres' dressing room and expressed a blend of excitement and relief. "Said to the guys after the game, ‘It was good to get that one down,'" Krueger told reporters, his voice hoarse following his first game as an NHL coach si…

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A lot of big names will be in the Buffalo Sabres' lineup when they open the preseason against Pittsburgh tonight at 7 at Pegula Ice Arena on the campus of Penn State. Jack Eichel, Jeff Skinner and Rasmus Dahlin are all scheduled to play in Ralph Krueger's first exhibition game as Buffalo coach. Another interesting debut will be that of No. 1 draft pick Dylan Cozens, who…

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Dylan Cozens smiles and chuckles when asked about his summer roommate in Buffalo, fellow Sabres prospect Matej Pekar. The two became fast friends while rehabbing their respective injuries, watching the same television shows and developing chemistry on the ice. Their experiences together showed Cozens why Pekar is loved by teammates. The two needed less than one game tog…

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The hype followed Jack Hughes to Buffalo. A number of fans wore the 18-year-old center's No. 86 jersey amid the standing-room-only crowd inside Harborcenter, and Hughes' debut was perhaps the main attraction on an otherwise quiet night around the National Hockey League. Dylan Cozens and the Buffalo Sabres spoiled Hughes' first meaningful competition since being draft…

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Dylan Cozens, the 18-year-old center drafted seventh overall by the Buffalo Sabres in June, was cleared to be in the team's Prospects Challenge lineup Friday night against the New Jersey Devils in Harborcenter. That will allow Sabres fans to watch Cozens face Devils center Jack Hughes, the NHL's most recent No. 1 overall draft pick.  Cozens, who underwent thumb surgery …

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He hasn't seen players on the ice in a group setting since development camp in June but Randy Sexton's long summer is about to end. The Buffalo Sabres start at least 32 straight weeks of hockey when their prospects convene this week in Harborcenter and the club's assistant general manager says it's a time that's circled on his calendar. "Probably other than playoffs,…

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Sabres No. 1 draft pick Dylan Cozens appeared to be a long shot to be around come September after having surgery to repair the thumb he injured during the team's 3-on-3 tournament that closed development camp in June. Not so fast. Even though his recovery time was listed as two to three months, Cozens has been back on the ice at Harborcenter and isn't ruling out the Pro…

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Dylan Cozens was back on the Harborcenter ice Wednesday morning, participating in a variety of drills with Dennis Miller, who is in charge of the Buffalo Sabres' rehab and development. Cozens, drafted seventh overall by the Sabres in June, did not appear to be limited at all by his surgically-repaired left thumb, though it was a non-contact workout. However, Cozens, who…

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The big trade we have all been waiting for has yet to occur. Buffalo Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill has built a surplus of right-shot defensemen this offseason, intensifying the trade speculation surrounding Rasmus Ristolainen. Dealing Ristolainen could help the Sabres acquire a top-six forward, but is there a chance he could return? Let's start there with th…

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The Buffalo Sabres have signed center Dylan Cozens, their No. 1 pick in last month's NHL Draft, to a three-year entry-level contract, the team announced Monday. Cozens, taken No. 7 overall at the draft in Vancouver, signed for the entry-level maximum cap hit of $925,000 per season, plus performance bonuses that could take the total of the deal to $5.325 million. As a…

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Dylan Cozens' slim chance of making the Buffalo Sabres may be over two months before training camp. Cozens, the seventh overall pick in the NHL draft last month, underwent "successful" surgery on his left thumb Wednesday and is expected to need two to three months to recover, the Sabres announced Friday. That timeline makes the 18-year-old center questionable to part…