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Sabres make it official, draft Dahlin with No. 1 pick

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

DALLAS - He's been called a generational talent and a franchise-defining defenseman. He's been referred to as the consensus top prospect in the game, the best on the blue line since Denis Potvin entered the league in 1973.  

Now, finally, you can attach one more label to Rasmus Dahlin: Buffalo Sabre. 

Dahlin was selected by Buffalo with the first overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft on Friday, confirming what those in the hockey world considered to be a given since before the season began. He becomes the third No. 1 pick in franchise history, joining Gilbert Perreault and Pierre Turgeon. 

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Sabres will not extend qualifying offer to Lehner

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

DALLAS - Jason Botterill promised there would be changes to the Buffalo Sabres' roster following a last-place finish last season. One of those changes will be in net, as Botterill announced that the team will not extend a qualifying offer to goaltender Robin Lehner, thus making him an unrestricted free agent on July 1. 

"It was a scenario where, you finish 31st, you have to make some difficult choices," Botterill said. "We have informed Robin that he will not be coming back next year. Part of it that was so disappointing and difficult was that I know Robin is passionate about the city of Buffalo, passionate about helping this organization. We felt we had to make some adjustments and that was one of the areas."

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Dahlin's combine interview made strong impression on Sabres

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

DALLAS - Like the rest of the hockey world, Jason Botterill was already high on Rasmus Dahlin the player before the defenseman arrived in Buffalo for the NHL Scouting Combine earlier this month. What he learned about Rasmus Dahlin the person during their interview at the combine left him just as impressed.

Botterill came away from that meeting impressed by Dahlin's humility and ability to critically assess his own play. Dahlin broke down the ways he could still improve - forecheck reads, battle levels, off-ice habits, adapting to North American ice - leaving the Sabres' general manager with the sense that Dahlin is a true student of the game. 

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Sharpen Up: June 22, 2018

Here's what you need to know on Day 1 of the 2018 NHL Draft

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

It's the night we've all been waiting for: Draft Night. The Sabres are on the clock with the first overall pick. Tune in to NBCSN at 7:30 p.m. ET or if you're in Buffalo, stop by the draft party in Alumni Plaza in KeyBank Center. And everyone should be locked in to our draft coverage presented by New Era at Sabres.com/2018Draft.

Here's what you need to know.

 

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Dahlin continues to take draft process one step at a time

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

DALLAS - Rasmus Dahlin has dealt with more hype than any other prospect leading up to the 2018 NHL Draft, yet he insists he hasn't found the process to be difficult. When he has needed words of encouragment, he credits his parents, Martin and Asa, with being his mentors. 

Their best advice to him?

"Probably be yourself," Dahlin said Thursday.

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Sabres announce 2018-19 regular-season schedule

Ticket pricing information for individual home games will be released at a later date

by Sabres PR @SabresPR / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres and the NHL today announced the team's 2018-19 regular-season schedule. Ticket pricing information for individual home games will be released at a later date.

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Highlights from the Sabres' 2018-19 schedule

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres unveiled their complete schedule for the 2018-19 season on Thursday. Let's look at some of the highlights. 

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Sharpen Up: June 21, 2018

Here's what you need to know on Thursday

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

DALLAS - We're one day away from the start of the 2018 NHL Draft, where the Sabres are slated to make the first overall selection. Sabres.com is in Dallas to set you up for everything that's happening in the Lone Star State leading up to Round 1.

Here's what you need to know.

 

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Sabres' home opener set for Oct. 4 vs. Boston

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Let the countdown begin.

The Buffalo Sabres will open the home portion of their 2018-19 schedule against the Boston Bruins at KeyBank Center on Thursday, Oct. 4, the team announced Wednesday. 

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