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Rasmus Dahlin Signs His Entry-Level Contract

BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 9, 2018) --- The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed defenseman Rasmus Dahlin to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Dahlin (6’3”, 185 lbs., 4/13/2000) was taken by Buffalo with the first overall selection in the 2018 NHL Draft last month in Dallas. He became just the third player to be taken No. 1 overall by the Sabres, joining Gilbert Perreault (1970) and Pierre Turgeon (1987).

The defenseman appeared in his second professional season in 2017-18, posting 20 points (7+13) and tying for fourth among all SHL defensemen with seven goals in 41 games. Through two SHL seasons, he has totaled 23 points (8+15) in 67 regular-season games, adding eight points (4+4) in 20 postseason contests.

A native of Lidköping, Sweden, Dahlin won a silver medal at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo. His six points (0+6), plus-7 rating and 23:08 average ice time at the tournament all led or tied to lead his team, helping him earn Best Defenseman honors and a spot on the tournament All-Star Team.

Dahlin also represented Sweden at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship as a 16-year-old and, at 17, was the youngest player at the 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

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Jack Eichel Changes His Number And About Those Old #15 Sweaters

via Sabres PR,

The Buffalo Sabres today announced that forward Jack Eichel will wear No. 9 on his jersey starting during the 2018-19 season.

"For a long time, the number nine has always been a part of my identity as both a person and as a player," Eichel said. "The opportunity opened up to switch and I felt it was the right time to make the change as I begin the next phase of my career as a Sabre."

For fans that currently own an official-licensed Eichel jersey with the No. 15, the Sabres Store will offer a $49 credit toward the purchase of a new adult Eichel No. 9 jersey or $29 toward the purchase of a youth jersey.

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Buffalo Trades Ryan O’Reilly To St. Louis

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added 9:02pm, St. Louis release is below.

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Looks Like We Have A Pittsburgh/Buffalo Trade


added 1:54pm, it took some time, but trade is now official, Buffalo release is below.

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Videos- Top Prospects Mic’d Up On Draft Day

First up is Rasmus Dahlin.



Below, Brady Tkachuk and Quinn Hughes...

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Excitement Growing In Buffalo

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Friday night in Dallas, Botterill will step to the microphone and announce to the world what is widely known – Rasmus Dahlin will be the No. 1 overall pick of the NHL draft, and a new era of the Blue and Gold will be upon us.

The Swedish defenseman will be anointed the new savior just over two months after the end of an embarrassing 62-point season that saw the franchise finish last in the NHL for the third time in five years.

"It's an exciting time for our organization, and our staff has put in a lot of time to go through the process for this pick," Botterill told The Buffalo News. "It comes after a year where you can hardly be excited about our results, but we know we're getting a very good player that will hopefully have a lot of success with our organization in the future.

"Friday in Dallas will be a good celebration for us and the player," Botterill said. "Then after that, it will be time to keep discussing how he will fit in, how we will put him in the best position to succeed."

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Progress For The Buffalo Sabres?

from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News,

You have to hand it to the Sabres. No sports franchise has such an infinite gift for failing miserably and having it come off as a grand strategy.

Three years after the tank, which was going to turn Buffalo back into Hockey Heaven, they finished dead last in the NHL, a staggering 34 points out of a playoff spot. But last week, the Sabres finally won the draft lottery, which means they'll get Rasmus Dahlin.

Dahlin is a genuine stroke of great fortune. There are no serious doubts about this kid, as there are with the Bills' new franchise quarterback, Josh Allen. Dahlin might be the best defenseman to come into the league since Nicklas Lidstrom, a true generational talent.

Throw in the fact that Kim Pegula is taking over as Sabres president and, my lord, we might as well clear the streets for a Cup parade. Never mind that she's unsuited to preside over one pro franchise, never mind two. This is progress, and the team's more gullible fans will quickly forgive the sins of the past.


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A “Good Day” For The Buffalo Sabres

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

Jason Botterill wasn't worried about hitting the jackpot. Suddenly, as the Buffalo Sabres reached the final four of the NHL Draft Lottery, the prize was right before his eyes.

"That was the first time I was like, 'Oh, my goodness. This is nerve-racking, for sure,'" the Buffalo Sabres' general manager said Saturday night.

The nerves were worth it. They led to a celebration.

The third time was the charm for the Sabres, who won the NHL Draft Lottery on Saturday night and hold the No. 1 pick for June's draft. Like 2014 and 2015, the last-place Sabres had the best odds for the top spot. Unlike the other two years, they will select first....

"This is a good day," Botterill said. "We're going to bring in a player who has a history of – if you look at any of the top players – they have a history of being successful players. That's we need more and more in our organization is people who have experience of winning and are excited about trying to win at the National Hockey League level."


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The Buffalo Sabes Will Have The First Pick In The 2018 NHL Entry Draft

1. Buffalo

2. Carolina

3. Montreal

added 10:36pm, If you missed part 2 of the lottery, watch it below.

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Honest Words From Ryan O’Reilly

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

Losing has made Ryan O'Reilly a shell of what he used to be and a fraction of what he was supposed to be.

Acquired in 2015 to help lead the Buffalo Sabres out of the basement, O'Reilly has instead joined them there. He's found he was OK with that.

"We're stuck in this mindset of just being OK with losing," O'Reilly said Monday. "I feel it, too. I think it's really crept into myself. Over the course of the year, I've lost myself a lot, where it's just kind of get through, just being OK with just not making a mistake. That's not winning hockey at all, and it's crept into all of our games.

"It's disappointing. It's sad. I feel throughout the year I've lost the love of the game multiple times. You need to get back to it because it's just eating myself up and eats the other guys, too. It's just eating us up, and it's tough."

O'Reilly's love for the game, his desire to be on the ice was supposed to be a positive influence for the club. 


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