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Sharpen Up: June 20, 2019

Here's what you need to know the day before the 2019 NHL Draft begins

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Things look a little different around here at Sabres.com and on our social channels, don't they?

Stay tuned for news in the coming weeks as we prepare for the Sabres Golden Season. Yes, we're coming up on 50 years of Sabres hockey and we're going to take the entire 2019-20 season to celebrate.

Here's what you need to know.

Welcome to the Golden Season

 Video: Welcome to the Golden Season

Great tune.


Accolades for Dahlin

Rasmus Dahlin didn't win the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's top rookie last night at the NHL Awards (that honor went to Vancouver Canucks forward Elias Pettersson), but Dahlin was named to the 2018-19 NHL All-Rookie Team. 

He, along with Pettersson and St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington, was a unanimous selection. 

Dahlin earned one first-place vote in Calder voting along with 21 second-place votes, 66 third-place votes, 50 fourth-place votes and 24 fifth-place votes. Voting was conducted by the Professional Hockey Writers Association at the end of the regular season.

From the NHL's press release:

Dahlin, the first overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, led first-year defensemen and ranked third among all rookies in points (9-35-44 in 82 GP). His 35 assists placed second among rookies, as did his time on ice per game (21:09). With an assist March 20 vs. TOR, Dahlin passed Bobby Orr (38 points in 1966-67) for the second-most points by an NHL defenseman before his 19th birthday. 

The Lidkoping, Sweden, native notched eight multi-point games this season, tied with Orr for the second-most by an 18-year-old blueliner in League history. 

Dahlin - also a unanimous selection - is the Sabres' first All-Rookie Team honoree since forward Jack Eichel in 2015-16 and the first Buffalo defenseman to make the team since Tyler Myers in 2009-10.

The All-Rookie Team is also comprised of Dallas Stars defenseman Miro Heiskanen, Tampa Bay Lightning forward Anthony Cirelli and Ottawa Senators forward Brady Tkachuk. 

In other Sabres voting news, Jason Pominville finished 11th in Lady Byng Trophy voting (including two first-place votes) and Jeff Skinner finished in eighth place among left wingers on the 2018-19 NHL All-Star end-of-season teams with a third-place vote.


We're on location in Vancouver

Tweet from @BuffaloSabres: We just got to Vancouver and can���t get enough of the views. (Yes, we mean @duffersabres 😉)The countdown to the #NHLDraft is officially on! pic.twitter.com/V9Si4WIrA6

The Sabres are set to select seventh and 31st tomorrow at the 2019 NHL Draft. If you missed our Lucky 7s feature, looking back at past seventh-overall picks, you're not going to want to miss it:

Video: 7th Overall Picks in NHL History

For all of our Draft Week coverage, click here.

Round 1 will begin at 8 p.m. on NBCSN tomorrow night.


Sabres Foundation Golf Tournament set for Sept. 10

The 12th annual Buffalo Sabres Foundation Golf Tournament, presented by J.W. Danforth, will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at Wanakah Country Club in Hamburg, New York. Registration for the tournament will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a 10 a.m. shotgun start.

For the 12th consecutive year, fans will have an opportunity to play a round of golf with a Sabres player, coach, alumnus or broadcast personality. Each foursome that registers for the event will be joined by a celebrity golfer for an 18-hole, scramble-format round of golf. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all golfers on the course, with a cocktail party and auction following the tournament. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Buffalo Sabres Foundation.

Click here for more details. 

Available sponsor packages and descriptions are below. Spaces are limited, so reserve your group today.

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