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As expected, the Sabres have assigned Matej Pekar to his junior team, the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League. Pekar, 19, was in the lineup for Tuesday night's preseason game against Columbus. A fourth-round pick in the 2018 draft at Dallas, Pekar burst onto the scene at last year's development camp by driving Casey Mittelstadt crazy all over the ice – and by t…

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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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It was this time a year ago when Sabres fans likely first took notice of Matej Pekar. The pesky Czech forward, a fourth-round draft pick in 2018, was flattened by an open-ice hit from then-rookie Rasmus Dahlin during drills at Sabres development camp and nearly came to blows with mild-mannered Casey Mittelstadt during the event’s annual 3-on-3 tournament, the French Con…

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Now that his season is over with Barrie of the Ontario Hockey League, the Sabres have reassigned 2018 fourth-round pick Matej Pekar to the Rochester Amerks. But that doesn't necessarily mean Pekar is going to see any action the rest of the season or in the Calder Cup playoffs. Pekar has not played for Barrie since Jan. 10 due to a broken collarbone and the trip to Ro…

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Finland is heading to the semifinals of the World Junior Championship after a dramatic 2-1 victory against host Canada on Tuesday. Canada led for almost the entire game, but Finland forced overtime when Eeli Tolvanen scored with 47 seconds remaining in regulation. In the overtime, Sabres goaltending prospect Ukko-Pekka Luukonen made a save on a penalty shot and Finla…

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A year after taking center stage in Buffalo, the World Junior Championship is set to begin Wednesday in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia. The Sabres are represented by four prospects: defenseman Mattias Samuelsson (United States), goalie Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Finland), defenseman Oskari Laaksonen (Finland) and center Matej Pekar (Czech Republic). NHL Network …

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Preliminary rosters are being released for this year's World Junior Championships in Vancouver and three Sabres prospects are on the lists thus far. Goalie Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen and defenseman Oskari Laaksonen have been named by Finland and forward Matej Pekar has been selected by the Czech Republic. Luukkonen (Sudbury) and Pekar (Barrie) are both playing this year in…

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Matej Pekar says he "loves, loves, loves" to be the annoying guy on the ice, and it showed throughout Sabres development camp. The fourth-round pick in the 2018 draft was all over Casey Mittelstadt and Brett Murray Saturday, a day after he was the one getting nailed by a clean check from Rasmus Dahlin. Pekar says Boston's Brad Marchand, who became infamous for lickin…

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The Buffalo Sabres used the first of their two fourth-round picks on center Matej Pekar, a top point-producer while with the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the United States Hockey League. Here are five things to know about Pekar, who The Hockey News said possesses the "best motor in the USHL." 1. He was the USHL Rookie of the Year this season Pekar was nearly a point-pe…