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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…

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UPDATE: The Sabres have called up Lawrence Pilut in advance of Wednesday night's game against the Philadelphia Flyers. The Sabres placed Patrick Bergulnd on injured reserve.  ROCHESTER – In American Hockey League history, few first-year players have established themselves as stars as quickly as high-scoring Sabres defense prospect Lawrence Pilut. Just 15 games into h…

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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. Sabres prospect Eric Cornel understands he’s playing for his future in his third season with the Rochester Americans. Cornel’s entry-level contract expires following the 2018-19 campaign, meaning Buffalo’s reg…

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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 — Long before Buffalo Sabres prospect Victor Olofsson developed into Sweden’s most lethal goal scorer, he had opportunities to sign his entry-level contract and begin his North American career. Olof…

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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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Chris Taylor let out a deep breath and smiled when asked about his early impressions of top Sabres pick Rasmus Dahlin. "It's unbelievable," Taylor said. "He's a different player." The Sabres Prospects Challenge opens Friday and packs a little extra punch with Dahlin making his first game appearance in Buffalo since the draft. The 18-year-old boy wonder, whose a…

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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,…