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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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Longtime Sabres beat writer Bill Hoppe of BuffaloHockeyBeat.com, will be writing about Sabres prospects, the Rochester Americans and related topics this season. ROCHESTER – Center Kyle Criscuolo knew he was taking a risk leaving the Detroit Red Wings organization to join the Sabres after winning the Calder Cup as a rookie in 2016-17. The undrafted former Harvard capt…

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When the Sabres recalled Linus Ullmark in mid-March, the goaltender was set to be a regular in the crease for the remainder of the season. It hasn't worked out that way. Ullmark worked with goaltending coach Andrew Allen prior to Thursday's morning skate, but the injured netminder departed for the dressing room before the session officially started. Ullmark will be scra…

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Kyle Criscuolo was excited to return to the Sabres. The Amerks certainly won't like the result. Criscuolo suffered an upper-body injury during a collision with Toronto's Matt Martin on Monday night, and the center will miss four to six weeks. Martin hit the center hard into the boards midway through the second period, and Criscuolo immediately retreated to the trainers'…

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Kyle Criscuolo was getting ready to head to Blue Cross Arena on Sunday morning when he got a call from Rochester Americans coach Chris Taylor. And for the first few moments of the conversation, Criscuolo was a bit worried. "First he said I wasn't playing. Then he said 'you're suspended,'" Criscuolo said. Nah. No suspensions or benching. Taylor was just kidding. …

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The Sabres pulled a bit of surprise on Sunday afternoon, calling up defenseman Brendan Guhle and forward Kyle Criscuolo from Rochester. Defenseman Marco Scandella, who missed the final two periods Friday in Florida, practiced fully on Sunday and did not look hindered by the upper-body ailment he suffered taking a tumble into the boards in that game. All seven blueliners…

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Evan Rodrigues certainly earned this recall. With the slumping Sabres looking for production, they summoned Rodrigues from Rochester on Monday. The forward has five goals and 10 points in eight games with Rochester, including three goals and an assist in the last two games. Rodrigues was making a push for the Sabres' opening-night roster when he suffered a hand injur…

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When Jason Botterill arrived in Buffalo and installed Randy Sexton as the general manager in Rochester, he said increased attention on the Amerks would result in more competition to make the Sabres. He was right. "That's definitely true," Sabres center and Rochester call-up Kyle Criscuolo said Friday. "There's just so many young guys down there, and everybody's tryin…