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Sharpen Up: June 24, 2019

Here's what you need to know on the Monday after the 2019 NHL Draft

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres added six players to the organization over the weekend thanks to the 2019 NHL Draft. 

On Friday, they picked center Dylan Cozens seventh overall and defenseman Ryan Johnson 31st.

On Saturday, they moved around a few of their selections and walked away with goaltender Erik Portillo in the third round, right wing Aaron Huglen in the fourth round, left wing Filip Cederqvist in the fifth round and right wing Lukas Rousek in the fifth round.

We have more on each prospect in today's Sharpen Up.

The prospects will be in town this week for development camp presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York. On-ice sessions begin on Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Harborcenter (those are free and open to the public). 

Here's what you need to know.

 

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Botterill, Jankowski recap Day 2 of the NHL Draft

Sabres rounded out draft with four picks on Saturday

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

VANCOUVER - In the eyes of Sabres director of amateur scouting Ryan Jankowski and his staff, Day 2 of the NHL Draft was an illustration of prioritizing quality over quantity. 

The Sabres entered Saturday with six picks: one in Round 3, another in Round 4, three in Round 6 and one in Round 7. They packaged a pair of picks to move up on two occasions, first to select forward Aaron Huglen in the fourth round and then to draft another forward, Filip Cederqvist, in the fifth.

They drafted four players total: goaltender Erik Portillo (Round 3; 67th overall), Huglen (Round 4; 102nd overall), Cederqvist (Round 5, 143rd overall) and forward Lukas Rousek (Round 6, 160th overall).

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Sabres round out 2019 Draft Class with 4-pick day

Buffalo leaves Vancouver with 4 forwards, 1 defenseman and 1 goaltender

by Sabres PR @SabresPR / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres selected four players on the second day of the 2019 NHL Draft at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia These four selections join Buffalo's first-round picks, forward Dylan Cozens and defenseman Ryan Johnson, to complete the team's 2019 draft class, which includes four forwards, one defenseman and one goaltender.

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2019 NHL Draft: Day 2 Tracker

Keeping track of Buffalo's picks on Saturday

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

General managers and scouts from around the NHL are ready for Day 2 of the NHL Draft. Sabres GM Jason Botterill and his staff were certainly busy, drafting four players, including three forwards and a goaltender.

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Sharpen Up: June 22, 2019

Here's what you need to know before Day 2 of the 2019 NHL Draft

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Round 1 of the 2019 NHL Draft is in the books. The Sabres selected center Dylan Cozens (no, not that Dylan Cozens) seventh overall and defenseman Ryan Johnson with the 31st pick to close out the night. 

Round 2 begins at 1 p.m. today on NHL Network. Buffalo could have as many as six picks today (more on that later). We'll have full coverage for you here on Sabres.com and on social.

Here's what you need to know.

 

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Botterill excited about 1st-round additions

The Sabres selected Dylan Cozens and Ryan Johnson in the first round of the NHL Draft on Friday.

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

VANCOUVER - Sabres general manager Jason Botterill said going into the first round of the NHL Draft that he expected to add a quality player with the seventh overall pick. 

As the dominoes fell leading up to Buffalo's selection, Botterill and his staff were excited to see Dylan Cozens' name on the board. 

 "It wasn't just a line," Botterill said. "We knew we were going to get a very good player. We were very excited Dylan was there, but there were some talented players who went behind us, too. It was a talented draft this year."

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Family's belief paved road from the Yukon to Buffalo for Cozens

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

VANCOUVER - Dylan Cozens' journey from the Yukon to Buffalo began with a backyard, a bunch of logs and a spur-of-the-moment decision.

Dylan was three years old when Mike Cozens had the impromptu thought to build an ice rink outside his home, just as his father had done for him growing up. He quickly went to work, dragging logs from the wooded area behind their house to use as its frame. 

The rink became more sophisticated with each passing year, and Dylan would eventually spend entire weekend days skating with friends when weather permitted. Even when temperatures dipped into the negatives, they bundled up and squeezed in 20-minutes sessions. 

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Sabres make 2 selections in 1st round of 2019 NHL Draft

Buffalo picks center Dylan Cozens and defenseman Ryan Johnson

by Sabres PR @SabresPR / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres selected forward Dylan Cozens and defenseman Ryan Johnson in the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft.

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Sabres draft Ryan Johnson 31st overall

American defenseman committed to University of Minnesota in 2019-20

by Sabres.com Staff @BuffaloSabres / Sabres.com

Sabres draft D Johnson No. 31

Sabres draft D Ryan Johnson No. 31

The Buffalo Sabres select defenseman Ryan Johnson with the 31st pick in the 2019 NHL Draft

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When the Buffalo Sabres called Ryan Johnson's name Friday night at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, they made the defenseman both their second first-round pick of the night as well as the 11th American to be taken in the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft.

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Sabres select Dylan Cozens 7th overall

Canadian center recorded 84 points in 68 WHL games last season

by Sabres.com Staff @BuffaloSabres / Sabres.com

Sabres draft F Cozens No. 7

Sabres draft F Dylan Cozens No. 7

The Buffalo Sabres select forward Dylan Cozens with the 7th overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft

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Dylan Cozens has become the first player from the Yukon to be selected in the first round of the NHL Draft. The Buffalo Sabres took the 6-foot-3, 183-pound Canadian center with the seventh-overall pick Friday night in the 2019 edition of the draft. 

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