By : Buffalonews.com — Jason Botterill has made it clear from his 10 years in Pittsburgh and his few weeks in Buffalo that he likes college hockey players. The new Sabres’ general manager drafted three of them over the weekend, including first-rounder Casey Mittelstadt, but also had to deal with the finality of the fact he’s not going to be able to retain Notre Dame goalie Cal Petersen.
Petersen, who would certainly be the starter for the Rochester Amerks this season, is not signing with the Sabres and is opting to go to free agency even though he’s been part of the Buffalo organization since he was drafted out of the United States Hockey League in 2013. So Jimmy Vesey walked out on Nashville last year and wouldn’t sign with Buffalo once his rights were traded, opting for the New York Rangers. Now Petersen is saying no to the Sabres too.