Archives for June 2010

Pysyk’s draft journey overshadowed

‘“He carried our team on his back a lot of nights this winter,” said Oil Kings GM Bob Green. “And the fact he played with a broken foot for a couple of games before he was forced to end his season shows you how much character he’s developed.”’

Sabres make Pysyk first pick

‘"We’re really proud of the way Mark has developed both as a hockey player and as an outstanding member of the community," Oil Kings General Manager Bob Green said. "He carried our team on his back a lot of nights this winter and the fact that he played on a broken foot for a couple of games before he was forced to end his season early shows how much character he’s developed."’

Derek Roy faces off against juvenile diabetes

Derek Roy helped brighten the spirits of a Western New York child with juvenile diabetes, and raise money to try to fight the disease. SkunkPost’s Sara Serafin talked to him about that worthwhile cause…and what he expects from the Sabres this season.

Sabres keep their draft options open

‘Because of Buffalo’s position in the 30-team draft, there is a possibility the player it chooses with its first pick could be traded. "When you’re drafting that late, you end up with a list that probably has 10 names on it," Regier said.’

Sabres Are Picky When it Comes to Europeans and Draft

‘If the Sabres couldn’t grab defenseman Tyler Myers 12th overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, the club planned to draft a European. And if winger Zack Kassian wasn’t available at No. 13 last year, the team had another European on its radar, Kevin Devine, the Sabres’ amateur scouting director, said.’

Sabres Hope to Draft Two Future NHLers

‘“Every team goes in there hoping to get at least two guys,” Kevin Devine, the Sabres’ director of amateur scouting, told earlier this week. “Anything over two guys is a bonus.”’

Miller, Myers haul in the hardware

‘"I’m looking at all these names, and it’s pretty amazing, the history on this trophy," Miller said. "To get my name on there is pretty cool."’

What’s in that Kelowna water?

‘"I remember going into Buffalo that first month and it was amazing how similar they do things to Kelowna," said Myers, who thanked virtually everyone in the Rockets organization during his acceptance speech. "Playing there helped me so much."’

Miller takes home Vezina Trophy

‘He becomes the first Sabres netminder to win the award since Dominik Hasek did so for the final time back in 2001.’

Buffalo’s Myers wins Calder trophy

‘He became the first Sabres player to take home the award since goaltender Tom Barrasso won for the 1983-84 season.’

Buffalo&#8217s Miller tabbed NHL&#8217s top goaltender

‘Miller won nine of his first 12 games, leading Buffalo to its second Northeast Division title in four years. He ranked fourth among goalies with 41 wins and was nominated for the award for the first time.’

Tyler Myers wins Calder Trophy as NHL’s top rookie

‘Myers was one of four rookies to play all 82 games. He led the Sabres and all rookies by logging nearly 24 minutes of ice time per game. He was also first among rookies with 137 blocked shots, and third with 48 points.’

Who Deserves the NHL Awards: Part 2 – Vezina, Norris, Byng and Masterton

‘Slowly, other sports have caught on in recent years, televising their own trophy presentations. Nothing, however, tops the NHL Awards, the first and best awards show in major sports.’

Who Deserves the NHL Awards: Part 1 – Hart, Calder, Selke and Adams

‘There are rumors – nothing real solid at this point, however – the NHL is considering changing its trophy names to honor some of the game’s legends.’

A Look at the Sabres 2010-11 Schedule

‘An early visit from South Buffalo native Patrick Kane and the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 11, a home New Year’s Day tilt against the Boston Bruins while the team hosts the world junior championship and a season-long seven-game road trip in March are among the highlights of the Sabres’ 2010-11 schedule.’