Sabres, Pilut agree to entry-level deal

Sabres, Pilut agree to entry-level deal

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed defenseman Lawrence Pilut to a two-year, entry-level contract.

Pilut (5’11”, 179 lbs., 12/30/1995) led all Swedish Hockey League defensemen with 38 points (8+30) in 52 games for HV71 last season and was named the 2017-18 SHL Defenseman of the Year. He also ranked fifth in the league in assists and 13th in points. Read More

Sabres to pick 1st overall at 2018 NHL Draft

Sabres to pick 1st overall at 2018 NHL Draft

Sabres GM Jason Botterill

TORONTO – The Buffalo Sabres have won the lottery.

The Sabres will hold the No. 1 overall pick at the NHL Draft in Dallas on June 22 after winning the top drawing at the league’s annual lottery in Toronto on Saturday. Buffalo began the night with an 18.5-percent chance of attaining the top pick, the best odds for any of the 15 eligible teams.

Buffalo has held the top pick of the draft twice in franchise history, which they used to select Gilbert Perreault in 1970 and Pierre Turgeon in 1987. The Sabres held the best odds to win the lottery in both 2014 and 2015, but came away with the No. 2 pick on both occasions. Read More

Sabres’ Ristolainen feels he’s ready to lead

Sabres’ Ristolainen feels he’s ready to lead

#55 Defensemen Risto Ristolainen

Sabres general manager Jason Botterill was very clear at his end of the season press conference. Botterill said there are not enough leaders in the teams locker-room and that must change.

The first group of players he challenged was the youngsters. Botterill said, “It’s imperative we have stronger voices in there because we have players that have NHL experience in the playoffs and they have to feel more comfortable in those roles. We have younger players that have been part of this organization for three, four, five years who can’t sit in the background anymore. They have to be a part of it, we have to have a stronger leadership group.” Read More

Botterill promises change at end-of-season press conference

Botterill promises change at end-of-season press conference

Buffalo Sabres General manager Jason Botterill – Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Jason Botterill is used to conducting exit interviews with his players late in the spring, recently as late as June. During his tenure with the Pittsburgh Penguins, early April was a time for looking ahead to playoff runs, not back on a disappointing season.

Speaking to the media on Wednesday, Botterill made no secret of his frustration with the way his first season played out as general manager of the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres finished 31st in the NHL, and Botterill found himself conduction exit meetings on April 9. Read More

Sabres sign forward Andrew Oglevie

Sabres sign forward Andrew Oglevie

University of Notre Dame, forward Andrew Oglevie

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forward Andrew Oglevie to a two-year, entry-level contract.

As a junior at the University of Notre Dame in 2017-18, Oglevie (5’10”, 180 lbs., 2/16/1995) served as an alternate captain and ranked second among Fighting Irish skaters with 39 points (15+24), leading the team in goals for the second straight year. He finished his collegiate career by earning a spot on the NCAA All-Tournament Team after leading all skaters with seven points (3+4) in four games in the tournament. Read More

Sabres lay one final egg

Sabres lay one final egg

Nick Bjugstad #27 of the Panthers skates with the puck against Rasmus Ristolainen #55 of the Sabres – (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)

It was the last game of the season, so why should anything be different? The first period effort was disgusting throughout the lineup. It took about 16 minutes for them to have their first decent shift and get any time in the offensive zone.

Florida made it look like pond hockey out back with your friends with time to make fancy, cute plays that should’ve landed them on their backside. Read More

Sabres’ Nylander nets his first NHL goal

Sabres’ Nylander nets his first NHL goal

Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy #88 of the Lightning gives up a goal against the Sabres – (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

Alex Nylander played in his sixth NHL game in Tampa and was having a very uneventful period when Lightning struck for him, not Tampa Bay. Brendan Guhle did a great job of using his quickness to keep a puck in the zone and Nylander read the play perfectly.

Chris Taylor has been on him to play more around the net and that’s what the kid did, he headed to the net and expertly tipped in Guhle’s shot for his first NHL goal. Read More