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Malone returns to Sabres on 1-year deal

Forward tallied AHL career highs in goals (20) and points (37) last season

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres have signed forward Sean Malone to a one-year contract worth $750,000. 

Malone, a West Seneca native, rejoined the Sabres organization on a one-year deal prior to last season. He reached AHL career highs in goals (20) and points (37) in 39 games with the Rochester Americans. He added seven points (2+5) in 10 games during Rochester's playoff run. 

The 27-year-old served as an alternate captain and a veteran presence for the Amerks, at times centering a line between prospects Jack Quinn and JJ Peterka.

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Remembering the Sabres' star-studded 1982 and '83 drafts

Buffalo is set to pick 3 times in the 1st round for the 1st time since 1983

by Griffin Della Penna @GriffinDP_ / Sabres.com

When the Sabres arrive for the NHL Draft in Montreal on July 7, it will be just the third time in franchise history that Buffalo has three first-round selections.

Buffalo holds its own pick at ninth overall, along with the 16th pick acquired from the Vegas Golden Knights and 28th selection via the Florida Panthers.

It has been nearly 40 years since Buffalo made three first-round picks in a single draft. The two previous occasions occurred in back-to-back years in 1982 and 1983. Both drafts saw key players enter the franchise who made their impacts felt quickly as the Sabres made the playoffs 11 out of the next 15 seasons.

Let's take a trip down memory lane recapping Buffalo's drafts in 1982 and '83.

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Sabres development camp opens July 13

All on-ice sessions will be held at LECOM Harborcenter

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres' annual development camp will return to LECOM Harborcenter from July 13 to 16. 
 
The camp will feature current Sabres prospects, including players selected during the 2022 NHL Draft. Attendees will take part in both on-ice and off-ice workouts. All on-ice sessions will be held at LECOM Harborcenter.

On-ice sessions from July 13 to 15 are free and open to the public. Admittance will be on a first-come, first-served basis and is not guaranteed. 

The French Connection Tournament, an intra-squad 3-on-3 tournament, will highlight the final day of camp on Saturday, July 16, beginning at 9:15 a.m. 

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Draft Preview | Forton discusses pre-Draft process

Sabres' director of amateur scouting discusses the team's mindset with three 1st-round picks

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Jerry Forton and his fellow members of the Buffalo Sabres front office have met with potential draftees, weighed insights from 100-plus viewings of each prospect, and scoured the analytical data. 

All that remains between now and the NHL Draft - which will be held on July 7 and 8 in Montreal - is internal discussion as the Sabres finalize their list. 

"At this point, we're fine-tuning things," Forton, Buffalo's director of amateur scouting, said. 

The Sabres enter the Draft with 11 picks. In addition to their own selection at ninth overall, they hold picks Nos. 16 (from Vegas) and 28 (from Florida) in the first round. 

Buffalo also holds one pick in each of the second, third, fourth, and fifth rounds and two picks in each of the sixth and seventh rounds.

Sabres.com caught up with Forton earlier this month to discuss the organization's pre-Draft process, the return toward normalcy after two years of virtual drafts, and more. 

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Sharpen Up: June 27, 2022 | This week's top headlines

Sabres.com's draft preview series is live

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The first round of the NHL Draft is Thursday, July 7 in Montreal and the Buffalo Sabres are scheduled to pick three times that night. 

Kevyn Adams will speak with the media on Thursday for a full rundown of what the Sabres are thinking heading into the week of the draft. We'll have full coverage for you here on Sabres.com.

Here's what you need to know. 

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Draft Preview | Potential options with the 28th-overall pick

Examining 9 players who could be available late in the 1st round

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

It's time for one last list of prospects.

We sorted through nine names who could be available for the Sabres at ninth overall. We added nine more names who could be potential options with their second pick at 16th overall.

Today, we examine possible options for the Sabres with their third and final pick in the first round in the 2022 NHL Draft - 28th overall, acquired from the Florida Panthers last summer in exchange for Sam Reinhart.

Peruse any mock draft and you will know that this is an inexact science. One source may list a player in the top 20; another may list that same player outside the first round altogether.

With that being said, here are nine players who could be available for the 28th pick with insights from national draft analysts.

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Sabres Foundation Golf Tournament returns September 19

Fans will once again have an opportunity to spend a morning golf with select Sabres players, coaches, general manager Kevyn Adams, Sabres alumni and broadcasters

by Buffalo Sabres @BuffaloSabres / Sabres.com

This year's Buffalo Sabres Foundation Golf Tournament will take place on Monday, September 19 at the Country Club of Buffalo beginning at 9 a.m., the team announced.
 
Fans will once again have an opportunity to spend a morning of golf with select Sabres players, coaches, general manager Kevyn Adams, Sabres alumni and broadcasters.

Click here to register.
 

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Rosen named to Sweden's preliminary roster for World Juniors

Tournament will be held in Edmonton beginning August 9

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Isak Rosen has been selected to Sweden's preliminary roster for the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship, which will be held in Edmonton from August 9 to 20. 

Rosen, drafted by the Sabres with the 14th-overall pick last summer, was a member of Team Sweden when the tournament was originally held in December. The event was postponed to August due to COVID-19 cases affecting several teams.

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Revisiting the Sabres' 2021 draft class

Olivier Nadeau is among the 5 draftees from 2021 to have signed contracts

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Olivier Nadeau has stayed busy since signing his three-year, entry-level contract with the Sabres last month. 

Nadeau, a fourth-round pick by the Sabres in 2021, played a key role in helping lead the Shawinigan Cataractes to a QMJHL championship earlier in June. Last week, he was invited to Canada's National Junior Team summer development camp, which will be held in July. 

Nadeau and Shawinigan will now play for the Memorial Cup, the top prize in Canadian junior hockey. The tournament - consisting of the QMJHL, OHL, and WHL champions along with host team Saint John - begins tonight in Saint John, New Brunswick.

The Cataractes play their first game against the WHL champion Edmonton Oil Kings on Tuesday. Find the full schedule here. 

Nadeau is one of five players from Buffalo's 2021 draft class to have already signed his entry-level deal, along with defenseman Owen Power (Round 1) and fellow forwards Isak Rosen (Round 1), Aleksandr Kisakov (Round 2), and Josh Bloom (Round 3). 

With the Sabres set to make another 11 picks in the NHL Draft on July 7 and 8, Sabres.com spoke with director of player development Adam Mair to catch up on the 11-man Class of 2021. 

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Sabres, Bills Foundations support Juneteenth Agricultural Pavilion

The Foundations teamed with PSE to provide monetary and creative support for the initiative

by Dante Lasting @Dante_J_Lasting / Sabres.com

Buffalo is home to one of the nation's largest Juneteenth celebrations. The Bills and Sabres Foundations and Pegula Sports and Entertainment have made efforts to transform one of the newer installations at the festival. 

The Agricultural Pavilion was introduced at the Juneteenth Celebration in 2019 and it's a space that provides hands-on educational presentations and resources related to current practices and careers in agriculture. The pavilion was set up to also provide access to information regarding food access and connect pavilion visitors with people doing agricultural-related work in the community.

The pavilion will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19. 

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