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Prospect Profile: Matthew Boldy

Winger has quick hands, power forward mentality

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Beyond the top two picks, the first round of this year's NHL Draft figures to be as unpredictable as ever. 

Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko, in some order, will almost certainly be the first two players off the board on June 21. After that, the consensus seems to be that it's a deep first round with a fairly wide range of players who could fall in the top 10.  

Having said that, it's important to cast a wide net when trying to predict who the Sabres might select with the seventh overall selection. Today, we'll look at USNTDP winger Matthew Boldy.

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Biron: Bales developed trust factor with prior coaches, goalies

Former Sabres goalie played with Bales in Rochester

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Martin Biron was coming off a successful junior career and already had three NHL games on his resume by the time he showed up to his first AHL camp in Rochester. It was 1997, and Biron felt almost as if he could begin his pro career on cruise control.

Then he met Mike Bales, his goalie partner that season with the Amerks. 

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Sabres announce additions to coaching staff

Granato, Bales join Smith as assistants

by Sabres PR @SabresPR / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has hired Don Granato and Mike Bales as assistant coaches. The pair joins assistant coach Steve Smith as members of Head Coach Ralph Krueger's staff for the 2019-20 season.

Granato spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach for the Chicago Blackhawks after serving as the associate head coach for the University of Wisconsin during the 2016-17 season.

During his coaching career, Granato spent eight total seasons in the St. Louis Blues' organization, including one season as an assistant coach for the Blues (2005-06). He also served as the team's AHL head coach for seven seasons, first with the Worcester IceCats (2000-01 to 2004-05) and later with the Chicago Wolves (2008-09 to 2009-10). In his first season with the IceCats, Granato was the recipient of the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award, awarded annually to the AHL's most outstanding coach. 

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Prospect Profile: Dylan Cozens

Why the center could be an option for the Sabres with the 7th pick

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Beyond the top two picks, the first round of this year's NHL Draft figures to be as unpredictable as ever. 

Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko, in some order, will almost certainly be the first two players off the board on June 21. After that, the consensus seems to be that it's a deep first round with a fairly wide range of players who could fall in the top 10.  

Having said that, it's important to cast a wide net when trying to predict who the Sabres might select with the seventh overall selection. Today, we'll look at Lethbridge center Dylan Cozens.

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Prospect Profile: Kirby Dach

Center blends size and hockey sense

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Beyond the top two picks, the first round of this year's NHL Draft figures to be as unpredictable as ever. 

Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko, in some order, will almost certainly be the first two players off the board on June 21. After that, the consensus seems to be that it's a deep first round with a fairly wide range of players who could fall in the top 10.  

Having said that, it's important to cast a wide net when trying to predict who the Sabres might select with the seventh overall selection. Today, we'll look at Saskatoon center Kirby Dach.

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Belief in roster, comfort in community kept Skinner in Buffalo

Forward addressed media inside KeyBank Center on Tuesday

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Jeff Skinner said throughout last season that he would take time to reflect before determining whether to stay in Buffalo or explore other destinations once his contract expired on July 1. 

True to his word, he went home after the season and weighed what was important to him, then thought about how his first campaign in a Sabres uniform stacked up in those areas. The answer became clear.

"The top things on my list were all the positive things about Buffalo," Skinner said. 

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Prospect Profile: Alex Turcotte

Center has drawn comparisons to Toews, Marchand

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Beyond the top two picks, the first round of this year's NHL Draft figures to be as unpredictable as ever. 

Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko, in some order, will almost certainly be the first two players off the board on June 21. After that, the consensus seems to be that it's a deep first round with a fairly wide range of players who could fall in the top 10.  

Having said that, it's important to cast a wide net when trying to predict who the Sabres might select with the seventh overall pick. We started looking at potential names yesterday with USNTDP winger Cole Caufield. Today, we'll look at one of his teammates in center Alex Turcotte. 

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Prospect profile: Cole Caufield

Diminutive winger scored 72 goals last season

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Beyond the top two picks, the first round of this year's NHL Draft figures to be as unpredictable as ever. 

Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko, in some order, will almost certainly be the first two players off the board on June 21. After that, the consensus seems to be that it's a deep first round with a fairly wide range of players who could fall in the top 10.  

Having said that, it's important to cast a wide net when trying to predict who the Sabres might select with the seventh overall selection. We're going to look at seven of those potential names over the course of the next week, beginning with USNTDP winger Cole Caufield. 

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Sharpen Up: Week of June 10, 2019

Skinner's signed, Krueger was in town, and a discussion on the Sabres' biggest draft steal

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Jeff Skinner signed on the dotted line and he'll be with the Buffalo Sabres for another eight seasons. Skinner's camp and Sabres general manager Jason Botterill came to a deal late Friday night. 

Skinner scored 40 goals in his first season in Buffalo. But you already knew that.

Here's what you need to know. 

 

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Jeff Skinner's open letter to Sabres fans

'I'm grateful that the Sabres believe in me, and that I get to stay and be around all the same people, from my teammates, to the staff, to the fans in Buffalo'

by Staff @BuffaloSabres / Sabres.com

After signing an eight-year contract extension with the Buffalo Sabres on Friday, forward Jeff Skinner expressed his emotions on staying in Western New York in an open letter on Sabres.com. 

You can read the full letter here.

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