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Four Sabres prospects named to World Junior camp rosters

Sabres.com's weekly Prospects Update

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

It's that time of year again. 

Preliminary rosters are being announced for the 2019 World Junior Championship in British Columbia, and four Sabres prospects have already been invited to camp with their respective countries. 

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Bryson shouldering more responsibility at Providence

Sabres.com's weekly Prospects Update

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Jacob Bryson has his sights set on Buffalo, in more ways than one.

Long-term, the Buffalo Sabres' fourth-round pick in 2017 projects to be a promising prospect on the backend. In the short term, the junior defenseman at Providence College believes his team can win a national championship at the Frozen Four in Buffalo this spring. 

The Friars came within a game of reaching the semifinal round last season, falling 2-1 in a quarterfinal matchup with Notre Dame. Bryson remembers the scene in the dressing room afterward.

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Glotov, Cyclones contributing to overall organizational success

Sabres.com's weekly Prospects Update

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Take a look at the NHL standings today and you'll see the Buffalo Sabres near the top of the list. You'll also see their AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans, in first place in the North Division. And in the ECHL, the Cincinnati Cyclones sit atop the Western Conference.

The Cyclones, in their second year as the Sabres' ECHL affiliate, are 9-2-0 in their past 11 games and have outscored the opposition 49-23 over that stretch. They're currently second in the league with 24 points (11-3-2).

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Murray headlines noteworthy performances by Sabres prospects

Catch up on how players in the system are performing

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Brett Murray showed off his scoring touch last week, posting three goals in a pair of games for the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL. Murray, a fourth-round pick of the Sabres in 2016, scored twice on five shots Saturday (including the game-winner) in Youngstown's 4-3 win over Muskegon. 

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Samuelsson receiving great support while adjusting to college game

Western Michigan freshman defender has 3 points in 8 games

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The last time Mattias Samuelsson and his brother Lukas played on a team together, Samuelsson was a freshman at Northwood School in Lake Placid. Now, five years later, they're back together at Western Michigan University, where Samuelsson is in his freshman season with the Broncos. 

The 2018 second-round pick (32nd overall) is learning as much as he can from his older brother and enjoying the time they share both on and off the ice. As a freshman, Samuelsson has to live in the dorms, but it's only a two-minute drive to his brother's apartment. He says he's there "all the time."

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Weissbach becoming a student of the game at Wisconsin

2017 7th-round pick is developing an all-around game as a sophomore

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

It's not uncommon for Tony Granato to show up to work and be asked to go over a play from an NHL game. The University of Wisconsin coach might be asked if he saw a play made by Johnny Gaudreau the night prior, or if he can pull up a clip from the Chicago Blackhawks game. 

The one doing the asking is Linus Weissbach, a sophomore forward for the Badgers and Buffalo's seventh-round pick in 2017. 

"What I've really enjoyed watching is the amount of time he watches hockey when he's away from the rink," Granato said over the phone Tuesday. "He comes in in the morning and he's telling me, 'Hey, did you see last night's game? Did you see Gaudreau's goal?'

"He is one of those kids that it's 24-hours-a-day hockey. That's him."

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Greeley discusses 5 prospects off to strong starts

Pekar, Luukkonen among October standouts

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

It is November yet? Not quite, but the first month of hockey is nearly in the books for Sabres prospects. 

We spoke with assistant general manager Steve Greeley on Wednesday to discuss five young players who have had particularly strong starts to their seasons. 

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Sabres ink Pekar to entry-level contract

Forward was drafted in 4th round of 2018 NHL Draft

by Sabres PR @SabresPR / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forward Matej Pekar to a three-year, entry-level contract.

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'Pesky' Pekar enjoying early success in Barrie

2018 4th-round pick signed entry-level contract on Wednesday

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

It hasn't taken long for Matej Pekar to make an impression on both fans and members of the Buffalo Sabres organization. The 2018 fourth-round pick was a standout at his first development camp in June, where he scored two goals in the French Connection Tournament and got under the skin of 2017 top pick Casey Mittelstadt. 

He said he tries to emulate a style similar to that of Boston Bruins pest Brad Marchand and so far, with that mindset, he's had early success with the OHL's Barrie Colts. 

Pekar has 11 points (6+5) through his first 10 games.

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Luukkonen off to scorching start with Sudbury

Goaltender named OHL Player of the Week

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

One lesson Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen has learned during his introduction to the Ontario Hockey League: You need to be ready for anything. 

Luukkonen and his Sudbury Wolves were already trailing 2-0 on Sunday when he found himself face-to-face with Kitchener Rangers forward Rickard Hugg, sent in alone on a breakaway. With little time to react, the 6-foot-5 goaltender stayed patient as Hugg flipped the puck to his backhand, then quickly dropped to the butterfly to make the pad save. 

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