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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 …

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OTTAWA -- When the Rochester Amerks make their annual appearance in downtown Buffalo on Wednesday, they will be showing off a major AHL award winner. Winger Victor Olofsson, a former seventh-round pick who has rocketed up the Sabres' prospect charts in the last year, was named AHL Player of the Month on Thursday after making a spectacular debut in the league in October.…

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Red-hot winger Victor Olofsson carved a slice of Rochester Americans history Thursday when he was named AHL Player of the Month – the first time an Amerks player was so honored since the franchise reunited with the Sabres in 2011. In his AHL debut, Olofsson tallied five goals and 10 assists for a league-leading 15 points in 10 games during October. His month included a …

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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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LAS VEGAS – As the season of firsts for Rasmus Dahlin continues, the No. 1 overall pick gets a new one on his list here Tuesday night: His initial rematch with an NHL team. Dahlin has said one of his big challenges as an 18-year-old is learning opposing players across the NHL. He saw a good deal of the Vegas Golden Knights during the Stanley Cup final and got the chance…

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Don't be surprised if you hear ABBA echoing from the Buffalo Sabres' locker room at development camp. Ten of the 42 prospects at HarborCenter this week are from Sweden, including this year's first-overall pick Rasmus Dahlin. That's without counting Mattias Samuelsson, who grew up in the U.S. while his Swedish-born father Kjell played in the NHL. "You can almost talk …

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We've spent weeks hearing what scouts and draftniks have to say about Rasmus Dahlin. Wednesday afternoon, after we saw Dahlin in the flesh on the ice for the first time, it was good fortune to be able to ask a longtime teammate. Winger Victor Olofsson, the Sabres' seventh-round pick in 2014, has played alongside Dahlin for the Frolunda Indians of the Swedish Hockey Leag…