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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 /

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 /

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 /

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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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 /

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 /

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

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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

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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

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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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Botterill expects Sabres to have strong options with 7th pick

GM met with the media ahead of Round 1

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

Pre-Draft: Jason Botterill

Jason Botterill before Round 1

Jason Botterill addresses the media before Round 1 of the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver

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VANCOUVER - Jason Botterill expects to take the stage inside Rogers Arena tonight with a smile on his face when he announces the Sabres' selection with the seventh overall pick in the NHL Draft, a testament to the depth of talent available in this year's class. 

After that, it's back to work. 

The Sabres general manager met with the media in Vancouver to discuss tonight's first round and the offseason to-do list ahead of him. Here are some takeaways.

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Sabres could have plenty of talented prospects available to them at 7

A quick look at what could happen during Round 1 of the 2019 NHL Draft

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

The Buffalo Sabres are ready to pick seventh overall in the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver tonight. If you've been following any of the expert opinions throughout this process, it's thought that players rated as high as third could fall into the later part of the Top 10. The consensus seems to be that there's a lot of skill in this draft class, but not necessarily a whole lot of separation when it comes to the top tiers.

Not even the prospects whose names will be called early on Friday are sure what will happen.

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