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Cozens, Quinn named to Team Canada's World Junior Selection Camp roster

International tournament scheduled to begin in December in Alberta

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Buffalo Sabres prospects Dylan Cozens and Jack Quinn are among 46 players Hockey Canada has named to its National Junior Team Selection Camp roster. 

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Sabres sign Laaksonen to 3-year, entry-level deal

Defenseman has 40 points in 113 Liiga contests

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres have signed defenseman Oskari Laaksonen to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Laaksonen, 20, was the Sabres' third-round selection (No. 89 overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft. The Tampere, Finland native has spent the past three seasons playing with Ilves of the Finnish Elite League, tallying 40 points in 113 games. 

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Prospect Rewind: Ruotsalainen had career year in Finland

Forward tallied 43 points in 44 contests

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Arttu Ruotsalainen left his first NHL training camp last fall with a clear set of guidelines on how to continue to prepare for a full-time move to the North American game.

"The biggest thing we talked with Arttu about was trying to continue to play at a high pace," Buffalo Sabres assistant general manager Steve Greeley said. "Play with speed, attack with speed. And then we talked with him about the details - making sure he's working on his faceoffs, making sure he's working on his wall play. 

"Arttu had an excellent camp. What we wanted when he had to go back to Finland was just making sure that he continued to make the steps that we thought he was capable of. I think beyond the offensive numbers, we saw improvement in several areas of his game."

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Cozens, Team Canada win gold at 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship

Sabres prospect scores in gold medal game

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

With Team Canada's 4-3 victory over Team Russia at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship on Sunday in the Czech Republic, Buffalo Sabres prospect Dylan Cozens is a gold-medal winner.

Cozens, Buffalo's top pick (seventh overall) in the 2019 NHL Draft, scored Canada's first goal of the championship game to tie it 1-1 with 8:58 left in the second period. He also added five shots in 17:24 of ice time.

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Cozens, Team Canada advance to World Junior semis

Forward tallies 2 assists in win over Slovakia

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Dylan Cozens (1st round, 2019) tallied two assists and a game-high seven shots as Canada advanced to the semifinals of the IIHF World Junior Championship with a 6-1 victory over Slovakia on Thursday.  

Cozens was one of three Sabres prospects who saw action in quarterfinal play. Mattias Samuelsson (2nd round, 2018) and Team USA dropped a 1-0 contest to Finland, while Matej Pekar (4th round, 2018) and the Czech Republic fell to Sweden, 5-0. 

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4 Sabres prospects vying for World Juniors gold

Cozens, Samuelsson, Pekar and Portillo will suit up at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Over the next two weeks, four Buffalo Sabres prospects will be competing at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship in the Czech Republic in search of a gold medal.

Dylan Cozens, Mattias Samuelsson, Matej Pekar and Erik Portillo will each try to help lead their respective countries to a championship. 

 

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Sabres assign Cozens to Lethbridge

Forward recorded 84 points with junior team last season

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has assigned forward Dylan Cozens to the Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL).

Cozens was selected by Buffalo in the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft (seventh overall) and signed his entry-level contract this summer.

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Sabres assign Pekar to Barrie

Pekar recorded 36 points in 33 games in his first year with the Colts

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has assigned forward Matej Pekar to the Barrie Colts (OHL).

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Sabres announce Prospects Challenge transactions

Seven players assigned to Amerks camp

by Sabres PR @SabresPR / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has assigned Lukas Rousek (Sparta Praha - Czech) and Matthew Welsh (Charlottetown - QMJHL) to their respective clubs, and released Stephen Harper, Bobby MacIntyre and Sebastian Vidmar from their tryouts.

The team has also assigned Pascal Aquin, Justin Baudry, Tobie Bisson, Shaw Boomhower, Kurt Gosselin, Brett Murray and John Wiitala to Rochester for the Americans' training camp.

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Pekar scores twice in Prospects Challenge win over Bruins

Forward continues to impress with blend of offense, physicality

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Matej Pekar seemed to blush as he attempted to concoct an answer that was safe for the cameras. 

The question: What is it that you do that gets people so angry at you? 

"I don't know," Pekar said, grinning from ear to ear. "I'm cute?" 

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