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Sharpen Up: July 30, 2018

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

We're 50 days away. 

Fifty days until the Sabres open their preseason schedule against the Blue Jackets in Columbus. Fifty days until we potentially see Rasmus Dahlin share the ice with Rasmus Ristolainen or Conor Sheary bury a feed from Jack Eichel. Maybe we'll see Casey Mittelstadt skate alongside Tage Thompson. 

The good news is, training camp begins even sooner. In the meantime, here's what you need to know as July comes to a close.


The Beauts are coming to KeyBank Center

The Buffalo Beauts announced their 2018-19 schedule last week, and it includes a doubleheader with the Sabres at KeyBank Center on Saturday, Dec. 29. The Beauts will host the Minnesota Whitecaps at 2 p.m. that day, with the Sabres then set to host the Boston Bruins at 7 p.m. 

Tweet from @BuffaloBeauts: HELLO, @KeyBankCtr!Saturday, December 29th, we face the Minnesota Whitecaps at 2pm at Key Bank Center prior to the @BuffaloSabres game at 7pm!Doubleheader tickets will go on sale with the release of our 18-19 #NWHL schedule.

The Beauts will play their seven remaining home games at Harbor Center, beginning with the home opener against the Connecticut Whale on Saturday, Oct. 13. Visit for tickets and the complete schedule. 


Samuelsson heads to World Junior Showcase

Fresh off participating in his first development camp with the Sabres, defenseman Mattias Samuelsson (2018, second round) is representing Team USA this week at the 2018 World Junior Summer Showcase in Kamloops, B.C. 

Samuelsson is no stranger to wearing the red, white and blue. The defenseman spent the last two seasons playing for the U.S. National Team Development Program and captained Team USA to a silver medal at the U-18 World Championship in April. He'll begin his collegiate career at Western Michigan this season. 

Team USA will play four split-squad scrimmages on Monday and Tuesday, followed by exhibitions against Sweden, Finland and Canada on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, respectively. The latter three games can be seen on NHL Network. 

View the full schedule here, and look back at Samuelsson's draft night in the video below.

Video: Behind the scenes with Mattias Samuelsson

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