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Sharpen Up: June 21, 2017

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

With so many questions hovering around Draft week, we're going to have one big one answered by the end of today. The NHL Expansion Draft is tonight, during which the Vegas Golden Knights will reveal which player they selected from each of the other 30 clubs. 

Vegas has to submit its selections to the League by 10 a.m. this morning. The picks will be unveiled during the NHL Awards Ceremony beginning at 8 p.m. on NBCSN. 

Here's one more refresher on who's available from the Sabres roster:

 Forwards: William Carrier, Nicolas Deslauriers, Brian Gionta, Derek Grant, Justin Kea, Matt Moulson, Cal O'Reilly, Cole Schneider

Defensemen: Brady Austin, Mat Bodie, Zach Bogosian, Justin Falk, Taylor Fedun, Cody Franson, Josh Gorges, Dmitry Kulikov

Goaltenders: Anders Nilsson, Linus Ullmark

Vegas general manager George McPhee said that his team, as of Tuesday, had already made "at least" a half-dozen deals, with more on the horizon. Buckle up for what's sure to be one of the more intriguing nights on the hockey calendar. 

 

The new jerseys have been revealed

The NHL is getting a jersey overhaul as the League makes its switch to adidas in 2017-18, and all 31 sweaters were revealed on Tuesday night. Buffalo's new sweater includes a few subtle changes, including the removal of silver piping along the sides and ventilation areas beneath the arms. 

See the jersey for yourself:

Tweet from @BuffaloSabres: Here it is! #FormTheFuture @adidashockey pic.twitter.com/ky6lvMKRh2

Here's the road look:

Tweet from @BuffaloSabres: This will be our look on the road for 2017-18. #IsItOctoberYet �� pic.twitter.com/Bk21Nwx5L4

 

Baker's countdown continues

Nolan or Nico? That's the question on many people's minds as we approach Friday night -whether Nolan Patrick or Nico Hischier will go to New Jersey as the No. 1 pick. 

We've seen mock drafts go both ways, but on Tuesday our resident draft expert - Kris Baker of SabresProspects.com - revealed Hischier in the No. 2 spot on his own top 31 list. Here's a bit of what Baker had to say about the Swiss centerman.

With what appears to be an unlimited ceiling - making him a legitimate threat to be the first player selected - Hischier's quick-thinking brain and all-around two-way skills have him on track to become an elite offensive player at the game's highest level for many years to come. 

You can read Baker's full profile of Hischier here, and check out the full list to get yourself prepped for this weekend. 

 

Prospect Avenue: The Deeper Sleepers

Speaking of Kris Baker, episode four of Prospect Avenue with him and Brian Duff debuted on Tuesday. This one finds them taking a look at a few players who Baker sees as sleepers in the draft, including one local: David Farrance of Victor, N.Y. (You can read more about Farrance here)

Watch the video below, and stay tuned for episode five - when Duffer and Baker take a look at the goalies available - this afternoon. 

Video: Prospect Avenue: Kris Baker's Deeper Sleepers for '17

 

Drafts over Drafts

We've been busy. Here's another video that debuted on Tuesday, which finds Sabres alumni Danny Gare and Marty Biron sitting down with Lauren Hall to tell their draft stories. You can watch Part One below, and stay tuned for Part Two - where Lauren quizzes the guys on some pop culture facts from back in their days - this afternoon. 

Video: Drafts Over Drafts Part 1

 

Want to play a round of golf with a Sabre?

The 10th annual Buffalo Sabres Foundation Golf Tournament, presented by J.W. Danforth, will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 13 at Wanakah Country Club in Hamburg. Those who participate will get to play a round of golf with a current Sabre, broadcaster or alumnus, with all proceeds to benefit the Sabres Foundation.

Contact Teresa Belbas at (716) 855-4588 or register here to reserve your foursome or sponsor package, or with any questions. Available sponsorship packages and descriptions are below. Spaces are limited, so reserve your group today. 

Available Packages:

Foursome - $3,500
• Four (4) golfers in the Buffalo Sabres Foundation Golf Tournament, joined by a Sabres player, coach, alumnus or broadcast personality
• Four (4) Sabres golfer gifts

Contest and Prize Sponsor - $10,000
• Four (4) golfers in the Buffalo Sabres Foundation Golf Tournament
• Recognition on contest holes and on the rules sheet that will be placed in every golf cart
• Corporate logo on tournament pint glass or similar item
• Choice of celebrity golfer to play with the foursome*
• Four (4) 100 level tickets to a Sabres home game
• Four (4) autographed Buffalo Sabres jerseys
• Four (4) autographed Buffalo Sabres Golf Tournament flags
• Four (4) Sabres golfer gifts
• Sponsor recognition on Sabres.com

Cart Sponsor - $7,500
• Four (4) golfers in the Buffalo Sabres Foundation Golf Tournament
• Sponsor recognition on every golf cart in the tournament
• Sponsor recognition on the tournament koozie or similar item
• Choice of celebrity golfer to play with the foursome*
• Two (2) 100 level tickets to a Sabres home game
• Four (4) autographed Buffalo Sabres hockey sticks
• Four (4) autographed Buffalo Sabres Golf Tournament flags
• Four (4) Sabres golfer gifts
• Sponsor recognition on Sabres.com

Auction Sponsor - $5,000
• Four (4) golfers in the Buffalo Sabres Foundation Golf Tournament
• Sponsor recognition at the post-tournament auctions
• Choice of celebrity golfer to play with the foursome*
• Four (4) autographed Buffalo Sabres hockey sticks
• Two (2) autographed Buffalo Sabres Foundation Golf Tournament flags
• Four (4) Sabres golfer gifts
• Sponsor recognition on Sabres.com

*Player draft order will be based upon sponsor level.

For more information, read the full press release here.

 

 

Sabres.com is on the scene in Chicago …

… Which means there will be plenty more draft coverage to come as we near the weekend. Visit Sabres.com/2017Draft and follow @BuffaloSabres on Twitter to stay up to date with all the news coming out of the week. 

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