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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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Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen played through a hip injury during a historic season in which he won gold at the World Junior Championship and became the first European goalie to earn the Ontario Hockey League's top individual award. Luukkonen, a 20-year-old Buffalo Sabres prospect, was announced Thursday as the recipient of the Red Tilson Trophy, which is given annually to the OH…

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Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, the Buffalo Sabres' top goalie prospect, underwent hip surgery and his recovery could take up to six months, the team announced Thursday. Luukkonen, 20, joined the Rochester Americans on an amateur tryout ahead of their first-round series sweep at the hands of the Toronto Marlies and made his professional debut in the regular-season finale. Luuk…

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ROCHESTER – As the Rochester Americans skated through a special teams drill Wednesday morning in Blue Cross Arena, goalie Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen sat on the bench and waited to be told when he should join the team on the ice. Meanwhile, in a hallway adjacent to the Amerks' dressing room, Jacob Bryson, a 21-year-old defenseman, was having his headshot taken and did not arri…

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Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, the Buffalo Sabres' top goalie prospect who led Finland to Gold at the World Junior Championship, will join the Rochester Americans during their push for the Calder Cup. Sabres assistant general manager Randy Sexton announced Friday that Luukkonen will arrive on an amateur tryout for the remainder of the season, though Luukkonen is unlikely to appe…

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More changes will be made to the Buffalo Sabres' roster this offseason. The only question is what sort of steps will General Manager Jason Botterill take to address their deficiencies. Entering Monday night's games, the Sabres had the second-fewest points (35) in the NHL since winning their 10th game in a row Nov. 27, scoring the fifth-fewest goals during that span. The…

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Since winning a gold medal with Finland at the World Junior Championship in Vancouver on Jan. 5, Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen has spent most of his time in Sudbury, Ont., far away from the international spotlight. The Buffalo Sabres' goalie prospect is back to taking long bus rides across the province and playing in front of a few thousand people. Less than three weeks ago, the…

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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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Sabres goalie prospect Ukko-Pekko Luukonen made 16 saves as Finland rolled to a 6-1 victory against Switzerland in the World Junior Championship semifinals Friday in Vancouver. That sets up a meeting at 8 p.m. on Saturday (NHL Network) for the gold medal against the United States, which beat Russia, 2-1, in the other semifinal. The U.S. and Finland will meet for the …

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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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Buffalo Sabres prospect Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen made 22 saves — including a penalty shot in overtime — as Finland pulled a stunning upset Wednesday night in the World Junior Championships in Vancouver with a 2-1 victory over Canada that eliminated the hosts from medal contention in the quarterfinals. The loss means Canada will not win at least a bronze medal on home soil f…

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Sabres goaltending prospect Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen and Team Finland lost its opening game at the IIHF World Junior Championship, 2-1, on Wednesday night in British Columbia. But Luukkonen made 28 stops, including several of the spectacular variety, to keep Finland in the Group B game. Defenseman Erik Brannstrom (Vegas) had both goals for the Swedes. Luukkonen ca…

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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…

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The Buffalo Sabres and top goaltending prospect Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen met over the summer to mull the 19-year-old's plan for this season and it was decided to have him come over to North America to play for the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League rather than stay in his native Finland. So far, it looks like an excellent call. Luukkonen was named the OHL's Play…