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This is part of a series of profiles on players who might be available for the Buffalo Sabres with the seventh overall pick in the NHL Draft on June 21. Before you talk about all his talent, headlined by wondrous skating ability, the conversation about Dylan Cozens has to revolve around his upbringing. Cozens is from Whitehorse, population 25,000 and by far the large…

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Reminder: This isn't the NFL. The NHL Scouting Combine is far more about long-term projection than instant success. Of the more than 100 players who took their exercise paces and bike rides Saturday in Harborcenter, only presumptive No. 1 pick Jack Hughes is a sure bet to be in the NHL next season. Kaapo Kakko, the likely No. 2 pick who skipped the proceedings, will …

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Jack Eichel has played in multiple international competitions for Team USA and had some solid moments this year at the World Championships in Slovakia before the Americans lost, 4-3, to Russia in Thursday's quarterfinals. Team USA went 5-3 and Eichel had two goals and eight points in the eight games. Fair enough. A good showing. But from the Sabres' perspective, the mos…

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In spite of widespread speculation that veteran winger Matt Moulson was a candidate, Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill said Friday he doesn't expect the team to be involved in the NHL's buyout window, which runs until June 30. "I don't have any interest in doing buyouts here right now," Botterill told The News on Friday while declining to address specific players. …

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WASHINGTON – Rasmus Dahlin is in the midst of a whirlwind day in the nation's capital and will get to watch his first live NHL game Monday night. Pretty good first match: Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final between the Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights. "I don't know what to expect actually," the Sabres' presumptive No. 1 overall pick said following Monday's morn…

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How big is Rasmus Dahlin back home? Some fellow Swedish defenseman attending the NHL Scouting Combine had a good chuckle at that inquiry Saturday in HarborCenter. "I heard he's signed autographs when he goes out and takes a walk in Gothenburg," said Adam Boqvist, who split time between the junior and pro teams for Brynas and is also expected to be selected in the top 10…

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Rasmus Dahlin got tested Saturday. And tested. And tested some more. "It was fun and it was kind of hard," the NHL's presumptive No. 1 draft pick said after his turn at the league's Scouting Combine in HarborCenter. "The Wingate (bike test) is pretty tough. I rode the bike a lot. I've trained overall but not specifically for the Wingate." Dahlin, expected to be taken…

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Rasmus Dahlin got tested Saturday. And tested. And tested some more. "It was fun and it was kind of hard," the NHL's presumptive No. 1 draft pick said after his turn at the league's Scouting Combine in HarborCenter. "The Wingate (bike test) is pretty tough. I rode the bike a lot. I've trained overall but not specifically for the Wingate." Dahlin, expected to be taken…

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Rasmus Dahlin may be everyone's No. 1 choice but he was just like any other prospect Saturday at HarborCenter, as he went through the NHL Scouting Combine's vigorous physical testing program. The league is compiling standings for each event but it was interesting to note that Dahlin's official height/weight measurements were 6-2 3/4 and 185.32 pounds, and he's probably …

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Welcome to June, 2018. It's the month the Buffalo Sabres hope will change their franchise forever. We got our first glimpse of Rasmus Dahlin Friday in HarborCenter and you can immediately see one thing that's going to change: The Sabres are about to get a lot more attention. The presumptive No. 1 draft pick's whirlwind of a month is under way at the NHL Scouting Comb…

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In his first meeting with the media Friday at the NHL Scouting Combine, Rasmus Dahlin's improving English laid things out in plain terms that embattled Buffalo Sabres fans will love to hear. Q. How much do you hate losing? A. "Pretty much." Q. How can you lift a team, especially one like the Sabres that has lost a lot in recent years? A. "I'm a player that wants to…

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Phil Housley has spent the last few weeks in Minnesota doing what a lot of Sabres fans have been doing — looking up highlights of Rasmus Dahlin. "I know these are highlights and he's a young man and has to mature and really get to the NHL and North American game," the Buffalo head coach said by phone Friday from his home in suburban St. Paul, "but just seeing his poise …

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Unlike the NFL, where potential top picks often don't take part for a variety of reasons, the NHL Scouting Combine traditionally features all the mega prospects. This year's event June 1-2 in HarborCenter is no different. The league has finalized the activities for the 2018 showcase and has confirmed what was expected: Presumptive Sabres No. 1 overall pick Rasmus Dahlin…

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Tim Murray landed Jack Eichel, made several moves that have proven dubious and got shown the door last April. His brother in tankitude out in Edmonton got Connor McDavid – the real tank prize in 2015 – and also made some terrible moves after reeling in his draft catch. Somehow, Peter Chiarelli survives and Oilers coach Todd McLellan is the one left twisting in the wind.…