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Sharpen Up: April 10, 2019

Here's what you need to know on Wednesday

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

The NHL Draft Lottery results are in and the Buffalo Sabres are set to pick seventh when the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft begins on June 21 in Vancouver. 

Buffalo had the fifth-best odds at winning the first overall pick going into the lottery. New Jersey jumped up two spots and will pick first.

Here's what you need to know.


More on the Draft Lottery

From our recap…

The Sabres began the night with an 8.5-percent chance to win the No. 1 pick, the fifth-best odds of the 15 eligible teams. The New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks won drawings for the top three picks, respectively, at the 2019 NHL Draft Lottery in Toronto on Tuesday night. 

Recent notable seventh-overall picks include Mathew Dumba (2012), Ivan Provorov (2015), Clayton Keller (2016) and Quinn Hughes (2018), the brother of this year's presumptive first-overall pick Jack Hughes.

Here's the post-lottery draft order in its entirety:

1 - New Jersey
2 - New York Rangers
3 - Chicago 
4 - Colorado (from Ottawa)
5 - Los Angeles
6 - Detroit
7 - Buffalo
8 - Edmonton
9 - Anaheim 
10 - Vancouver 
11 - Philadelphia
12 - Minnesota
13 - Florida
14 - Arizona
15 - Montreal
Read more, including which prospects some experts have ranked seventh, here.

Get ready for the Frozen Four

Tweet from @BuffaloSabres: Coming to the @NCAAIceHockey #FrozenFour? Make sure you check out these free fan events!Get your tickets for the games:

Today is an open practice day for Providence, Minnesota Duluth, UMass and Denver, the four teams still vying for an NCAA national championship. 

Click here for more info.

Here is the full schedule of events this week:

Wednesday, April 10
Open Practices at KeyBank Center
11 a.m.: Providence
12:15 p.m.: Minnesota Duluth
1:30 p.m.: Massachusetts 
2:45 p.m.: Denver
Thursday, April 11
2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Frozen Fest & Team Arrivals at Alumni Plaza
3:30 p.m.: KeyBank Center Doors Open (session ticket required)
5 p.m.: National Semifinal: Minnesota Duluth vs. Providence 
8:30 p.m.: National Semifinal: Massachusetts vs. Denver 

Friday, April 12
3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: NCAA Autograph Sessions at Harborcenter - Level 7
4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Championship Awards Presentation Ceremony on Harborcenter's KeyBank Rink 1
6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.: Hobey Baker Award Presentation - Live on NHL Network on Harborcenter's KeyBank Rink 1
6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.: ESPN/USCHO Radio Event with John Buccigross & Barry Melrose at (716) Food and Sport
Saturday, April 13
3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.: Frozen Fest & Team Arrivals at Alumni Plaza
6:30 p.m.: KeyBank Center Doors Open (ticket required)
8 p.m.: National Championship Game 

For ticket information, please visit  

Amerks getting set for playoff run

Following their 2-1 win over Cleveland on Monday, the Rochester Americans secured home ice for the best-of-five opening round series of the 2019 Calder Cup Playoffs.

The Amerks will host:
Game 1 on Friday, April 19 at 7:05 p.m. at Blue Cross Arena 
Game 2 on Sunday, April 21 at 3:05 p.m. at Blue Cross Arena
Game 5 (if necessary) on Sunday, April 28 at 5:05 p.m. at Blue Cross Arena 

The complete opening round schedule will be released at a later date as soon as Rochester's first-round opponent has been determined. The first 3,000 fans in attendance for Game 1 will receive a custom Amerks hard hat, courtesy of Nissan.

The Amerks are one point behind Syracuse for first place in the North Division. 

Tweet from @AmerksHockey: We���ve locked up home ice for Round 1. #BlueCollarBuilt Purchase 🎟���'s ������4.19 ������ ������*4.28 ������

Tickets for all first-round home games are on sale now. Individual game tickets for Round One of the 2019 Calder Cup Playoffs start as low as just $14 and range in price up to $28 depending on seat location. All tickets purchased on the day of the game will increase by $2.

Visit for full details.

Coach Chris Taylor joined The Instigators yesterday:

Tweet from @AmerksHockey: Fan Appreciation Night is this Friday! info:

Read more in this week's Amerks Update.

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