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Sharpen Up: Week of May 28, 2019

All the Sabres news you need to know this week

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

Hope you enjoyed the long weekend. It's a busy week with the 2019 NHL Scouting Combine in town. 

Here's what you need to know.


The Combine is going on now has some exclusive access this week at the 2019 NHL Scouting Combine, which is being held at Harborcenter. 

Be sure to check out their coverage throughout the week. This is from their Day 1 Notebook:

Jack Hughes, the projected No. 1 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, is looking forward to the interviewing stage of the 2019 NHL Scouting Combine that begins for him Tuesday.

Hughes arrived here Monday night after representing the United States at the 2019 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia.

The 18-year-old center of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program Under-18 team is No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting's final list of North American skaters eligible for the 2019 draft at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on June 21-22.

Hughes (5-foot-10, 170 pounds) has 12 scheduled interviews this week, including the New Jersey Devils, who hold the No. 1 pick in 2019 NHL Draft. The New York Rangers have the No. 2 pick and the Chicago Blackhawks have the No. 3 selection.

"The Combine is something that comes and goes during your draft year so it's an important week meeting the teams," Hughes said. "Meeting the teams is a big thing to me. It should be a good week and it'll be exciting to see buddies I haven't seen this year who were playing in the Ontario Hockey League."

NHL teams have the opportunity for 1-on-1 interviews with the invited prospects at KeyBank Center, Monday through Friday. Medical examinations for each player will be Wednesday, and seven of the 11 fitness tests will take place at Harborcenter on Saturday.

Hughes had 112 points (34 goals, 78 assists) in 50 games and set NTDP records for assists (154) and points (228) in 110 games in his two seasons with the team. In seven games for the United States at the 2019 IIHF World Championship, he had three assists and 15 shots on goal, averaging 13:52 of ice time.

The breakdown of combine invitations includes 77 of the top North American prospects and 27 top international prospects. There are 56 forwards, 38 defensemen and 10 goalies.

The Sabres hold two picks in the first round of the draft, including the 7th-overall selection. We'll have coverage of the Fitness Testing on Saturday (keep in mind that it's closed to the public). 

Reinhart takes silver

Tweet from @IIHFHockey: Highlights: @leijonat pulls off an incredible 3-1 win over @HC_Men to win the gold medal 🥇 and 2019 #IIHFWorlds 🏆READ MORE >

Finnish captain Marko Anttila scored a pair of goals, first erasing a 1-0 deficit early in the second period and later putting his team ahead at 2:35 of the third in the final game of the 2019 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia. Harri Pesonen added a goal with 4:06 remaining to help the Finns secure their second straight gold medal.

Shea Theodore scored the only goal of the game for the Canadians, who earned a silver medal with the loss. 

Sam Reinhart tallied three shots in 17:27 and finished the tournament with five points (2+3) in 10 games. He has now medaled twice at the World Championship, having previously won gold in 2016.

Full Worlds coverage can be found here

Satan talks Krueger

Video: Miro Satan joins The Instigators

Former Sabres forward Miroslav Satan joined The Instigators last week to dish on new Sabres coach Ralph Krueger. Satan was the general manager of Team Europe during the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, which Krueger coached to a second-place finish. 

Here's a sampling of the interview:

Miroslav Satan met with his coaching staff for Team Europe in summer 2016, some two months ahead of the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto. 

Even then, the level of detail Ralph Krueger put into his preparation stood out. 

"We spent like three days talking about hockey and my brain was just burning from all the details they wanted to discuss," Satan recalled during an interview with The Instigators on Monday. "That was maybe two months before the World Cup, and they wanted to discuss everything in detail. 

"It was three full days of just talking about hockey, just getting prepared. I was really amazed by those three days and how much detail goes into his preparation." 

The former Sabres forward was general manager for Team Europe, which had a melting pot roster comprised of NHL players from eight different countries. He tasked Krueger - who at that point was already two years into his role as chairman of Southampton Football Club - with bringing those players together. 

The decision to appoint Krueger as head coach, Satan said, had a lot to do with his multi-faceted background. Beyond his hockey experience on the international stage, Satan saw Krueger's experience holding leadership seminars for businesses and charitable organizations as an asset. "He's got experience on different levels," Satan said.

"Besides knowing hockey, he knows how players' minds works and how people in general work and how to unite them and make them play for the same cause. That's a big plus, I think, for Ralph. Hopefully he can show that and be the leader in Buffalo for quite some time."

You can read the full story here.

Speaking of Krueger, he sat down with regular Instigators' guest Darren Dreger for a chat in Slovakia.

Tweet from @DarrenDreger: Sabres coach Ralph Krueger visits the Dreger Cafe today in Bratislava. Full interview will be posted this afternoon on

You can watch it here.

One Buffalo Pet Adoption event announced

Tweet from @BuffaloSabres: Time to welcome a fur baby to the fam? 🐶 🐱Find the one on June 15 at the @One_Buffalo Pet Adoption:

Pegula Sports & Entertainment and the Buffalo Sabres Foundation are partnering with Tito's Handmade Vodka to host a One Buffalo Pet Adoption Event on Saturday, June 15 in the KeyBank Center Pavilion from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

The event, part of the Tito's Vodka for Dog People program, will bring many of Western New York's animal shelters and rescue groups together under one roof and allow the community to encounter a wide variety of homeless pets that are currently available for adoption - all in one location.

Prospective adopters are encouraged to visit to view instructions and complete applications for all participating agencies. Prospective adopters must bring a photo ID to the adoption event, along with a landlord's permission letter if they live in a rented home, and be prepared to cover the adoption fee at the event.

Click here for more details.

Rasmus Ristolainen nominated for best celebration

Tweet from @BuffaloSabres: Risto is up for Best Celly in the #NHLFanChoice Awards!Cast your vote:

You might remember the goal:

Video: SJS@BUF: Ristolainen puts puck through legs, scores

Martin Biron even broke it down with Risto during this episode of Tablet Talk:

Video: Tablet Talk: Ristolainen breaks down offensive moves

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