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ROCHESTER – In barely a month, Buffalo Sabres prospect Brett Murray has morphed from a training camp invitee into one of the Americans’ regular wingers. Murray has roared up the depth chart, earning action on a scoring line and the power play. In nine games, he has scored two goals and seven points. “What you want a young guy to do is punch a hole in the lineup, and …

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ROCHESTER – With Friday’s game tied at 2 in the third period, Rochester Americans winger Tage Thompson grabbed a pass from Scott Wilson at center ice and zoomed past a helpless defender into the Binghamton Devils zone. “I had a couple of good chances earlier in the game from shooting and felt one was bound to go in if I kept testing him,” the Buffalo Sabres prospect sai…

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ROCHESTER – When Sean Malone’s injury-plagued, career-worst season ended in April, the West Seneca native needed a mental break from hockey. So for about a month, Malone, a Rochester Americans forward, said he got away from the sport and “talked to a lot of people.” “I was able to mentally step away from everything, get my mind right,” Malone said. These days, Mal…

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ROCHESTER -- Sabres prospect Rasmus Asplund suffered an upper body injury on a blocked shot in the opening minutes of Friday night for the Rochester Americans. Asplund, 21, was killing a penalty and crouched down when the puck hit him about 2:15 into the game. He quickly skated off and did not return. Interim Americans coach Gord Dineen said Asplund had X-rays, but h…

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ROCHESTER – Among the 25 red, white and blue jerseys on the ice for Americans practices over the past week, defenseman Lawrence Pilut has been easy to spot. Just look for the only orange sweater. Five months after the Sabres prospect injured his left shoulder and underwent surgery, he has started skating with his teammates in a non-contact role. While Pilut hasn’t…

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The Buffalo Sabres have announced their roster for next week's annual Prospects Challenge at Harborcenter, and it will mark the debut of one of the organization's major summer acquisitions. Defenseman Henri Jokiharju, the 19-year-old acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks in a trade for former first-round pick Alexander Nylander, is one of the marquee names who will suit …

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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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The Buffalo Sabres play the Detroit Red Wings at 7 p.m. Saturday in Little Caesars Arena. Here are five things to know about the season finale. Follow along with the action on the ice through reports from our team and select media accounts: https://twitter.com/TBNSports/lists/sabres-coverage

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Longtime Sabres beat writer Bill Hoppe of BuffaloHockeyBeat.com, will be writing about Sabres prospects, the Rochester Americans and related topics this season.ROCHESTER – Instead of building on a strong rookie season and working his name into the mix for a recall, Sabres prospect Sean Malone has spent the last seven months battling injuries. Malone, of course, is frust…

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Longtime Sabres beat writer Bill Hoppe of BuffaloHockeyBeat.com, will be writing about Sabres prospects, the Rochester Americans and related topics this season. ROCHESTER – Chris Taylor wasn’t exactly sure what Rasmus Asplund meant by saying he has started playing more like a man. “Maybe he’s got more facial hair?” the Americans coach joked. “I don’t know.” Well, …

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Longtime Sabres beat writer Bill Hoppe of BuffaloHockeyBeat.com, will be writing about Sabres prospects, the Rochester Americans and related topics this season.Liz Smith said her gut told her it was the right decision. Her son, C.J., had outgrown the competition around Des Moines, Iowa. The family wanted to find out if he had a future in hockey. So to test C.J.’s talent…

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ROCHESTER – Sabres prospect Alexander Nylander is day to day after suffering a lower-body injury in Tuesday’s practice, Americans coach Chris Taylor said. Nylander, 20, missed Wednesday’s 2-1 shootout loss to the Syracuse Crunch in Blue Cross Arena. According to LetsGoAmerks.com, defenseman Will Borgen knocked Nylander to the ice before he got tangled with defenseman…

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Longtime Sabres beat writer Bill Hoppe of BuffaloHockeyBeat.com, will be writing about Sabres prospects, the Rochester Americans and related topics this season. ROCHESTER – The winter getaway to Orlando was booked. Sabres prospect Brendan Guhle planned to spend the American Hockey League All-Star break relaxing and recharging with his girlfriend, Victoria, at Disney Wor…

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Longtime Sabres beat writer Bill Hoppe of BuffaloHockeyBeat.com, will be writing about Sabres prospects, the Rochester Americans and related topics this season. ROCHESTER – Things have a way of evening out in hockey. So when Sabres prospect Victor Olofsson scored five goals in his first six American Hockey League games with the Americans, few expected he would continue …

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Longtime Sabres beat writer Bill Hoppe of BuffaloHockeyBeat.com, will be writing about Sabres prospects, the Rochester Americans and related topics this season. ROCHESTER – Center Kyle Criscuolo knew he was taking a risk leaving the Detroit Red Wings organization to join the Sabres after winning the Calder Cup as a rookie in 2016-17. The undrafted former Harvard capt…