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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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Pekar to make long-awaited return vs. Devils

Forward to skate alongside Cozens, Rousek

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Matej Pekar has been sidelined from true game action for seven long months, the product of a broken collarbone that brought his first OHL season to an early end in January. His wait ends tonight when the Sabres open the Prospect Challenge against the New Jersey Devils. 

Might the long recovery prevent Pekar from playing the physical, antagonistic role we saw him take on so well a year ago? Don't count on it. 

"I think I was born like that," Pekar said. "I don't think I can drop that game right now. I'm just going to do everything I can to get the team a 'W'. Yeah, I'm just trying to play my best hockey."

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Cozens practices as Sabres prepare for Prospects Challenge

Center will be in the lineup against New Jersey on Friday

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

 Update (8:02 p.m.) - The Sabres have announced that Dylan Cozens has been cleared to play in the Prospects Challenge. He will be in the lineup against the New Jersey Devils on Friday.

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Dylan Cozens was a full participant in practice on Thursday as the Sabres took the ice in preparation for this weekend's Prospects Challenge at Harborcenter. 

Cozens, Buffalo's pick with the seventh overall selection in this summer's draft, was left off the team's initial roster for the event as he recovered from a procedure on his left thumb. He had been wearing a red no-contact jersey at informal skates prior to Thursday. 

"I think it's feeling normal right now, just being with the guys again, going out, practicing, being treated like another normal player," he said. "Not wearing a red jersey, I think that's big. I'm feeling good right now."

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Sabres announce Prospects Challenge roster

First games will be played on September 6 at Harborcenter

by Sabres PR @SabresPR / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team's full roster for the Prospects Challenge, which will run from Sept. 6 to 9 at Harborcenter. The team has also announced that all three of the Sabres' games in the tournament will be streamed live on Sabres.com to viewers inside the Sabres' local broadcast market.

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5th annual Prospects Challenge set for September 6-9

All games featuring Buffalo, Boston, New Jersey and Pittsburgh will be held at Harborcenter

by Sabres PR @SabresPR / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team will again host the Prospects Challenge from Sept. 6 to 9 at Harborcenter.

The Sabres will be joined by the Boston Bruins, New Jersey Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins to compete in a round-robin challenge featuring prospects from each team. The participating teams will each play three games during the course of the event, which will be held entirely at Harborcenter. 

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Cozens undergoes successful surgery on thumb

Forward sustained injury June 29

by Sabres PR @SabresPR / Sabres.com

Sabres forward Dylan Cozens underwent successful surgery on his injured left thumb earlier this week. His expected recovery time is approximately two to three months.

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Olofsson, Thompson embraced leadership roles at camp

Recapping the French Connection Tournament at Harborcenter

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Victor Olofsson skated toward the net on his shootout attempt, brought the puck between his legs and buried a backhand shot, a jaw-dropping move that drew the approval of the crowd inside Harborcenter for the annual French Connection Tournament on Saturday. 

On the very next attempt, Tage Thompson - competing against Olofsson's team in the championship game - went from his backhand to his forehand and buried his own shot, then went on to hoist the trophy after his team won the five-round shootout. 

The shootout goals made for memorable moments on the highlight reel, but it was Olofsson and Thompson's leadership throughout the week that stood out to Sabres management as development camp came to an end on Saturday. 

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