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What we learned at NHL Draft Media Day

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

CHICAGO - Even while answering questions from a crowd of reporters in the pouring rain, it's hard to imagine there being anywhere other than Chicago that hockey's top prospects would rather be on Thursday night.

Besides, with barely 24 hours to go until their futures are decided at United Center on Friday, media day on the Chicago River served as a welcome distraction. Most of the prospects were in agreement that the reality of their situation was only now starting to set in.

"A little bit, yeah," Mississauga forward Owen Tippett said. "You try not to think about it too much. I'm not really picky, just trying to be grateful and thankful for whatever team picks me."

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Baker's Next Baker's Dozen for 2017

Which prospects just missed making Kris Baker's Top 31 list?

by Kris Baker @SabresProspects / SabresProspects.com

You've read through Kris Baker's Top 31 prospects in the 2017 NHL Draft (and if you haven't, what are you waiting for? Check it out here), and now we've asked Kris to give us another baker's dozen-worth of prospects you should know about.

The Sabres currently hold two second-round picks (37th and 54th overall) on Saturday. Could those picks be used on any of these prospects?

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A deeper look at the Sabres' 2017-18 schedule

Highlights include NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 1; 6-game homestand in March

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres' 2017-18 schedule is out and here's what else you should know about it:

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Sabres announce 2017-18 schedule

Buffalo opens its season at home against Montreal on Oct. 5

by Sabres PR @SabresPR / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres and the NHL today announced the team's 2017-18 regular-season schedule. Ticket pricing information for individual home games will be released at a later date.

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Sharpen Up: June 22, 2017

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

The NHL Expansion Draft is behind us, and the Vegas Golden Knights selected William Carrier from the Sabres. 

In addition, the Sabres also sent a sixth-round pick in this weekend's Draft to Vegas to sway the Golden Knights from selecting another one of their other unprotected players.

Carrier, a second-round pick by St. Louis in 2013 who was traded to Buffalo as a part of the deal that sent Ryan Miller to the Blues, made his NHL debut for the Sabres last season. He went on to score eight points (5+3) in 41 games in Buffalo.

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Golden Knights select Carrier in NHL Expansion Draft

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The Las Vegas Golden Knights have selected William Carrier in the NHL Expansion Draft on Wednesday. Vegas also acquired a sixth-round pick from Buffalo.

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Draft notebook: DiPietro credits family for success in net

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

No, Michael DiPietro is not related to former New York Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro, and yes, he does get that a lot. But it was a family member who first encouraged him to play goalie, the position at which he developed into one of the top prospects in this year's draft. 

DiPietro, a defenseman at first, remembers attending a game at age 9 in which his step brother, Mark Fenty, was between the pipes. Something clicked when DiPietro watched his brother make a breakaway save. He noticed for the first time how the entire momentum of a game could change with one stop, and he knew he wanted the ability to make that same type of impact. 

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Home opener set for Oct. 5 against Montreal

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres will open the 2017-18 season on Thursday, Oct. 5 against the Montreal Canadiens at KeyBank Center at 7 p.m. The full regular-season schedule will be released at 3 p.m. this Thursday on NHL Network.

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Sharpen Up: June 21, 2017

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

With so many questions hovering around Draft week, we're going to have one big one answered by the end of today. The NHL Expansion Draft is tonight, during which the Vegas Golden Knights will reveal which player they selected from each of the other 30 clubs. 

Vegas has to submit its selections to the League by 10 a.m. this morning. The picks will be unveiled during the NHL Awards Ceremony beginning at 8 p.m. on NBCSN. 

Here's one more refresher on who's available from the Sabres roster:

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Baker's Top 31: #1 Nolan Patrick

Kris Baker counts down the top 2017 NHL Draft prospects

by Kris Baker @SabresProspects / SabresProspects.com

Kris Baker is once again counting down his list of top prospects available in the NHL Draft for Sabres.com. The first round of the 2017 NHL Draft will take place on June 23 in Chicago.

Position: Center
Team: Brandon (WHL) 

With high-end skill and a very detail oriented game, Nolan Patrick is a do-it-all player who, when healthy, consistently excels with a mature 200-foot style in the mold of longtime NHLer, and 2003 second-overall pick, Eric Staal. 

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