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Oskari Laaksonen walked through a crowd of reporters and fixated on the television cameras' bright lights. Laaksonen isn't accustomed to the attention. The 19-year-old defenseman was relatively unknown when he first stepped on the Harborcenter ice at the Buffalo Sabres' development camp two years earlier, a recent third-round pick not among the 149 European skaters rank…

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Since arriving in Buffalo almost two years ago, Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill has spoken of the need to build from within. The road to the Stanley Cup playoffs would not only be paved by free-agent signings or trades, though he added 21-year-old Finnish forward Arttu Roustalainen on Wednesday. Instead, Botterill wanted to use draft picks to supplement a rost…

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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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The campaign to vote Jeff Skinner into the NHL All-Star Game is underway. One Buffalo, a marketing initiative of Pegula Sports and Entertainment, tweeted a picture of a sign that reads, "Jeff Skinner for Mayor of Buffalo," along with a link that directs people to the league's "Last Men In" ballot. Following the Buffalo Sabres' morning skate Thursday, coach Phil Housley …

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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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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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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…