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WASHINGTON – Victor Olofsson received the first award of his National Hockey League career Friday, when the Buffalo Sabres winger was named the league's rookie of the month for October. Entering Friday, Olofsson led all rookies with six goals, all on the power play, and his 10 points were tied with three others for first. The 24-year-old also led all rookie forwards in …

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There is an audible gasp inside KeyBank Center when the puck is headed toward Victor Olofsson on the power play. The opposing goalie slides to that side of the net, and defenders scramble to try to block the one-timer slap shot that has quickly become feared around the National Hockey League. Olofsson has transformed the Buffalo Sabres' attack on the man advantage with …

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LOS ANGELES -- Looking ahead to puck drop ... Matchup: Buffalo Sabres (5-1-1) vs. Los Angeles Kings (2-4-0) Where: Staples Center When: 10:30 p.m. TV: MSG Radio: WGR 550 Victor watch: The Sabres' lackluster performance on the power play Wednesday night has not changed Kings coach Todd McLellan's opinion: he's afraid of Buffalo's power play. After all, the Sabres …

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The Buffalo Sabres are six practices over three days into the Ralph Krueger era and now they quickly transition to a different portion of their preseason with one main question: How does all this work translate to real game action? The answers will come fast and furious this week with four games in the next six nights. The Sabres open Monday at Pegula Ice Arena on the c…

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Hockey season is upon us. The Buffalo Sabres' prospects challenge will be held Sept. 6-9 in Harborcenter, with training camp opening only a few days later. We'll soon learn more about Ralph Krueger's plan for the Sabres and should have a better idea how the roster could look when the season opens in Pittsburgh on Oct. 3. There is still time for the team to make a trade …

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Victor Olofsson had seen other players attempt the shootout move before. Skate up the left side, cut across the slot, stick handle the puck between the legs and forward again before lifting a backhanded shot over the sprawling goalie. Olofsson had never practiced the maneuver before, and he didn't wait to see how goalie Darion Hanson was positioned in net. Olofsson, …

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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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ROCHESTER – The criticism still irks Victor Olofsson as he stands outside the Rochester Americans' dressing room inside Blue Cross Arena. As a 19-year-old winger in the Swedish Hockey League, Olofsson was told repeatedly that he would never be big enough or strong enough to play professionally in North America. Those doubts weren't silenced when he was drafted 181st ove…

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I just don't get it. Now, it's clear you can say that about a whole bunch of things when it comes to the Sabres these days. In this case, we'll stick to the club's player development theories. Injuries have largely necessitated some overdue callups from Rochester, so the Sabres' lineup now includes Victor Olofsson, Alexander Nylander, Will Borgen and Lawrence Pilut. …

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After watching the Buffalo Sabres score only one goal in road losses to New Jersey and Ottawa, General Manager Jason Botterill recalled Rochester's leading scorer, winger Victor Olofsson, on Wednesday. Olofsson, 23, has a team-high 60 points, including 27 goals, in 64 games during his first season with the Amerks. He will likely be in the Sabres' lineup when they host t…

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ROCHESTER – Casey Nelson couldn’t even finish one shift Friday. Just 39 seconds into the defenseman’s American Hockey League conditioning assignment, Springfield’s Dryden Hunt checked him from behind, knocking his throat into the dasher board. “Not how you want to start off,” Nelson said after the Americans throttled the Thunderbirds 7-1 in Blue Cross Arena. “It woke me…

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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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ROCHESTER – When Chris Taylor was hired as coach of the Rochester Americans in June 2017, he was tasked with developing a roster dotted with former high draft picks, including Alexander Nylander. The Amerks had missed the playoffs for three consecutive seasons and finished with 32 wins in 2016-17. That drought ended in Taylor's first season with 91 regular-season points…

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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 – It’s easy to tell when Sabres prospect Brendan Guhle is feeling confident. At his best, the slick defenseman consistently joins the attack, generating offense. “That’s probably the biggest asset o…

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Victor Olofsson netted the only goal Friday night as the Amerks beat Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 1-0 at Blue Cross Arena. Danny O’Regan and Rasmus Asplund were credited with the assists on Olofsson’s goal in the second period. Olofsson's seventh goal of the season came after he was stymied on his first attempt and the rebound bounced beyond the right post. He corraled the …