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There may be a Buffalo connection when the IIHF World Junior Championship is held this winter in Czech Republic. Clarence Center native Case McCarthy, an 18-year-old defenseman recently drafted in the fourth round by the New Jersey Devils, was added to the United States' roster for the World Junior Summer Showcase, which will be held July 26 through Aug. 3 at USA Hockey…

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The competition began the moment Mattias and Lukas Samuelsson stepped foot off the school bus in Voorhees, N.J., and often continued through dusk on the family's driveway. With one hockey net set up against the closed garage door, the two brothers strapped on roller skates, grabbed a stick and battled against one another to see who could score more. Neither responded we…

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The Buffalo Sabres will have to wait at least a one more year to sign their second-round pick from last June's draft. Defenseman Mattias Samuelsson told The Buffalo News on Thursday he plans to return to Western Michigan for his sophomore season in 2019-20. Samuelsson, who the Sabres drafted 32nd overall, had five goals with seven assists in 35 games as a freshman for t…

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Sabres prospects Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen and Oskari Laaksonen earned gold medals Saturday as Finland downed the United States, 3-2, in a dramatic final to win the World Junior Championship in Vancouver. Defenseman Mattias Samuelsson, the Sabres' second-round pick in 2018, earned a silver medal. Finland had a 2-0 lead but Team USA got third-period goals from Josh Norris …

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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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Considering that Western Michigan has 16 underclassmen on its hockey roster, coach Andy Murray must rely on freshmen to play valuable minutes. So if the Broncos possessed more experience, Murray might give Sabres defense prospect Mattias Samuelsson, 18, a little less ice time. But Murray feels comfortable utilizing the newcomer in all situations, most notably a shutd…

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While the Buffalo Sabres enjoy a brief holiday break, General Manager Jason Botterill and his staff will turn their attention to four prospects who could play pivotal roles in the organization's future. Defenseman Mattias Samuelsson (United States), goalie Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Finland), defenseman Oskari Laaksonen (Finland) and center Matej Pekar (Czech Republic) will …

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Buffalo Sabres prospect Mattias Samuelsson will be part of Team USA at the 2018 World Junior Summer Showcase this week in Kamloops, British Columbia. But every workout and every game have taken on new meaning since he was drafted with the first pick in Round 2,  No. 32nd overall pick, at the NHL Entry Day in late June. "Being drafted has changed my life tremendously,…

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The Buffalo Sabres opened the second day of the NHL Draft by adding another defenseman to the ranks. Jason Botterill and Co. selected Mattias Samuelsson, a 6-foot-4 blueliner from the U.S. Development Program, with the 32nd pick. Here are five things to know about Samuelsson, who the Hockey News called "a solid, can't-fail pick." 1. He's the son of a former NHL defen…