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Luukkonen named OHL's Most Outstanding Player of the Year

Finnish goaltender becomes first European import player to win award

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen

UKKO-PEKKA LUUKKONEN

Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen speaks with Brian Duff after winning the OHL's Most Outstanding Player award

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Buffalo Sabres goaltending prospect Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen has been named the recipient of the Ontario Hockey League's Red Tilson Trophy, awarded annually to the league's Most Outstanding Player. 

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Sabres, Bryson agree to entry-level deal

Defenseman completed junior season with Providence at the Frozen Four last weekend

by Sabres PR @SabresPR / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed defenseman Jacob Bryson to a three-year, entry-level contract. Bryson will sign an ATO and report to the Rochester Americans (AHL). The entry-level contract will begin starting with the 2019-20 season.

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Bryson, Providence ready for Frozen Four in Buffalo

Sabres.com's weekly Prospects Update

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The Frozen Four matchups are set for next weekend at KeyBank Center. Jacob Bryson (fourth round, 2017) and the Providence Friars will take on Minnesota Duluth, the defending NCAA champions, on Thursday at 5 p.m. 

In the other Frozen Four matchup, Denver will play UMass at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday.

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Prospects gaining professional experience as seasons wind down

Sabres.com's weekly Prospects Update

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Casey Fitzgerald's career with Boston College came to an end on March 23 when BC was beaten by Northeastern in the Hockey East Championship.

The defenseman (third round, 2016) then signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday - a contract that will kick in next season - and also signed an ATO with the Rochester Americans. By Wednesday, he skated in his first professional practice with the Amerks as they gear up for a playoff run.

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Sabres sign Fitzgerald to entry-level contract

Buffalo selected defenseman in 3rd round of 2016 NHL Draft

by Sabres PR @SabresPR / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed defenseman Casey Fitzgerald to a two-year, entry-level contract with an AAV of $925,000. Fitzgerald will sign an ATO and report to the Rochester Americans (AHL). The entry-level contract will begin starting with the 2019-20 season.

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While Selection Sunday nears in NCAA, other prospects begin playoff runs

Sabres.com's weekly Prospects Update

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Casey Fitzgerald (third round, 2016) and Christopher Brown (sixth round, 2014) kept their collegiate careers alive - along with their chances to appear at the Frozen Four in Buffalo - with Boston College's quarterfinal series win over Jacob Bryson (fourth round, 2017) and Providence College last weekend. 

Providence took Game 1, 5-4. BC stayed alive with a 4-3 overtime win in Game 2 and took the decisive third game, 2-1. Fitzgerald earned the primary assist on both Eagles goals in Game 3. Catch the highlights of that game in the video below:

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Sabres prospects set to square off at Hockey East Tournament

Brown, Fitzgerald and BC will play Bryson and Providence in quarterfinal series

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Casey Fitzgerald and Jacob Bryson are both promising defense prospects for the Sabres. They both serve as co-captains on their collegiate teams, which both happen to play in the Hockey East Association. 

This weekend, Fitzgerald and Bryson will meet with plenty on the line when Boston College visits Providence for a quarterfinal series to open the Hockey East Tournament.   

The two teams ended their regular seasons on opposite notes. Bryson's (fourth round, 2017) Providence team is ranked No. 7 in the country after going unbeaten in its last six games (5-0-1), leaving the Friars as a candidate for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.

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NCAA prospects gearing up for postseason play

Sabres.com's weekly Prospects Update

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

With the Frozen Four a little more than a month away, NCAA conferences are wrapping up their regular seasons and setting their postseason brackets.

The Sabres have six prospects still vying to play in Buffalo this April: Jacob Bryson (Providence), Christopher Brown and Casey Fitzgerald (Boston College), Mattias Samuelsson (Western Michigan), Maxwell Willman (Boston University) and Linus Weissbach (Wisconsin).

Here's where all six stand as the postseason nears, arranged by conference.

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Glotov scores highlight-reel goal as Cyclones continue to roll

Sabres.com's Prospects Update

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

"The Michigan Goal." "The Lacrosse Move." Call it whatever you want. Vasily Glotov (seventh round, 2017) pulled it off last weekend for the Cincinnati Cyclones and it stood up as the game-winning goal against Toledo. 

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Davidsson continues strong play in SHL

Sabres.com's weekly Prospects Update

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Marcus Davidsson (second round, 2017) continued his productive play of late by scoring the overtime winner to cap a two-point outing in Djurgarden's 2-1 win over Timra on Tuesday. 

The third-year SHL centerman now has a career-high 22 points (8+14) in 40 games this season. 

Davidsson dished a backhand feed through traffic to set up Djurgarden's first goal of the contest, his career-high 14th helper of the season. 

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