The Sabres Report - June 23, 2017

Casey Mittelstadt, at No. 8, is highest-drafted Minnesotan in more than a decade   

Saint Paul Pioneer Press:

‘Mittelstadt was named Minnesota’s Mr. Hockey a few months ago after leading Eden Prairie in goals (21), assists (43) and points (64). He came up short of his ultimate goal of a state championship as Eden Prairie fell 3-2 to Grand Rapids in the semifinals of the state tournament.’

Casey Mittelstadt drafted in first round, eighth overall, by Buffalo   

Minneapolis Star Tribune:

‘After scoring 106 points his first two years of high school, Mittelstadt began last fall with Green Bay of the USHL before leaving after 16 games to rejoin Eden Prairie. He dominated, scoring 22 goals and garnering 59 points in only 25 games. Unfortunately, he played through an injury throughout the state tournament that left him less than 100 percent as Eden Prairie lost to Grand Rapids in the Class AA semifinals.’

Sabres select Mittelstadt in 1st round of 2017 NHL Draft

‘Mittelstadt was No. 3 on Central Scouting’s list of top North American-based skaters and was also ranked third in Kris Baker of’s Top 31. He split time last season between the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL and his high school team, where he made a run for the state title.’

Botterill expects Petersen to go to free agency, move on from Sabres

‘”I enjoyed interacting with him, I think he’s a very professional young man and I certainly wish him all the best,” Botterill said. “We always knew that was a possibility. Disappointed, but we’ll move on.”‘

Buffalo Sabres draft Casey Mittelstadt with 8th overall pick   


‘Mittelstadt grew up 30 minutes down the road from new Sabres head coach Phil Housley. It may take Mittelstadt some time to get to the NHL and play for Housley, but few players in the 2017 Draft have the potential Mittelstadt does.’

Cal Petersen heading to free agency, unlikely to sign with Sabres   


‘The 22-year-old standout netminder shined while with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish for the past three seasons. Last year, Petersen posted an impressive .926 save percentage and 2.22 goals against average while appearing in 40 games.’

Sabres' Botterill is ready for his first NHL Draft as a GM   


‘“We’ll look at different scenarios of possibly moving up or moving back, but right now, our mindset is we’re going to be choosing at eight and I think they’ve done a great job at making sure no matter how the draft plays out, we’re going to be prepared.”’

The Sabres will not get Cal Petersen   


‘With college players using this loophole in the Collective Bargaining Agreement, it seems like it may be getting more dangerous to draft college players. Botterill said, “I still believe a lot in the college model and having players develop there. I think it’s a great scenario, I think it’s very good from a standpoint of the work ethic, the strength training and just the pace of play for skaters, so overall you still want to get the best player and you’ve got to work on developing that relationship through your development staff over time.”’

Goalie prospect Cal Petersen to pass on Sabres   

Olean Times Herald:

‘The Sabres, of course, can trade Petersen’s rights. Murray acquired winger Jimmy Vesey’s rights a year ago after the Harvard product refused to sign with the Nashville Predators. Vesey, however, elected for free agency and signed with the New York Rangers.’

Andrew Allen still with Sabres; Phil Housley assembling staff   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“It’s a situation where we’re very excited about Andrew,” Botterill said this morning prior to the NHL Draft. “My plan has always been to work with Andrew. It’s a scenario where Phil and I have to make a final decision.”’

Eichel gives McDavid his props but makes it clear he's gunning for his MVP title   

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:

‘“I’ll do whatever it takes,’’ Eichel said. “To be honest, I want to be the best, and he’s the best right now, so I got to be better than him.’’’

Sabres Notebook: Botterill, Housley interviewing; GM talks Kane   

Buffalo News:

‘A leading candidate for assistant GM is Randy Sexton, with TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reporting Friday that the move is expected. Sexton is in his second season as the Penguins’ director of amateur scouting. He previously served as GM for Florida and Ottawa.’

Sabres select Casey Mittelstadt with No. 8 pick in NHL Draft   

Buffalo News:

‘He made negative news at the NHL Scouting Combine in Buffalo, where he failed to do a single pull-up. He did one bench press.’

Sully's Mailbag: Botterill won't transform Sabres overnight   

Buffalo News:

‘I’m all for moving Kane. I understand the reluctance to part with your leading goal-scorer, a dynamic power forward. But Botterill doesn’t seem inclined to give Kane a huge extension. His value might never be higher, and the Sabres need help on defense, so a trade makes sense.’

Goalie Cal Petersen declines to sign with Sabres, will be free agent   

Buffalo News:

‘“Coming into it because I didn’t pick him, there’s always that possibility,” Botterill said. “I enjoyed interacting with him. I think he’s a very professional young man. I certainly wish him all the best in his career and stuff, but we always knew that was a possibility.’