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Casey Fitzgerald was one of the Buffalo Sabres' best players all weekend at the Prospects Challenge. The 22-year-old defenseman from Boston College skates and passes well and can move the puck out of his defensive zone, three points of emphasis for young blueliners in this organization. In Monday afternoon's game against Pittsburgh, he also made a statement with his fis…

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It's like captain Jack Eichel said last week in Chicago: Rasmus Ristolainen is under contract, so he'll be at training camp unless the Buffalo Sabres decide otherwise. Ristolainen, who told a reporter in Finland last month he would prefer to move on after six years with the Sabres, was scheduled to arrive in Buffalo on Monday night and would likely take part in informal…

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What has been assumed for weeks was made official Wednesday afternoon by the New Jersey Devils: No. 1 overall pick Jack Hughes will be on their Prospects Challenge roster for this week's tournament in Harborcenter and will thus meet the Sabres in Friday night's game. Hughes, the slick-skating center from the U.S. National Development Team, had 25 goals and 100 points in…

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He hasn't seen players on the ice in a group setting since development camp in June but Randy Sexton's long summer is about to end. The Buffalo Sabres start at least 32 straight weeks of hockey when their prospects convene this week in Harborcenter and the club's assistant general manager says it's a time that's circled on his calendar. "Probably other than playoffs,…

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You're Jason Botterill and you're sitting at your desk wryly thinking to yourself. About Jack Eichel piling up points as a superstar while playing with Jeff Skinner, an actual goal scorer, on his wing. About Carter Hutton giving the Buffalo Sabres actual saves in goal. About so many of these big-name prospects becoming big-time contributors. There were so many glimmers …

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No Rasmus Dahlin, no problem. With the No. 1 overall draft pick taking a break as a healthy scratch after playing in the first two games of the Prospects Challenge, the Buffalo Sabres cruised to a 10-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins Monday in the final game of their Prospects Challenge in HarborCenter. Dahlin, defense partner Will Borgen and fellow blueliner Brenda…

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The Buffalo Sabres erupted for seven goals in the third period Monday to demolish the Pittsburgh Penguins, 10-2, in the final game of their annual Prospects Challenge before about 1,000 fans in HarborCenter. Alexander Nylander piled up four points in the final 20 minutes with two goals and two assists, while Casey Mittelstadt collected three assists in the offensive exp…

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If you're heading to HarborCenter for the Sabres-Penguins Prospects Challenge finale at 12:30, a word of note: You won't see Rasmus Dahlin on the ice. The Sabres announced their lineup on Twitter on the defense pair of Dahlin and Will Borgen is a healthy scratch for today's game. The club has 10 defensemen for the tournament and two pairs have sat each game, so it's rea…

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We've read all the scouting reports, seen all the development camp practices and plenty of the late August and early September skates and shinny sessions. Everybody has an opinion on Rasmus Dahlin. But there was only one person in the packed KeyBank Rink at HarborCenter that had the closest view of the No. 1 overall pick/Sabres franchise savior on Friday night, the firs…

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When Alex Nylander left Buffalo after development camp in June, he was going home to Sweden facing more questions about his future than answers. He didn't skate during development camp and was fresh off a disappointing 27-point, 51-game campaign in Rochester. For any 20-year-old, eighth overall pick in his spot, it was obvious the summer he was embarking on was critical…

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After not stepping foot on the ice during Sabres development camp in what is a critical offseason, Alex Nylander enters the club’s Prospects Challenge tournament this weekend with a lot riding on his shoulders. “It’s a huge little tournament for me and it’s obviously nice to get some games in before the real training camp starts,” Nylander said Friday morning after the …

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Two local products will be on the New Jersey Devils' roster for the Sabres Prospects Challenge this weekend in HarborCenter. Former Canisius College star Ryan Schmelzer and Nichols product Dylan Seitz of Eden, who played last year in the Quebec League, are both slated to be with the Devils. Schmelzer signed a one-year AHL contract with the Binghamton Devils in July af…