Jerry Sullivan: Botterill knows you’re never too deep at center

‘Botterill made it clear that the Sabres weren’t going to make rash moves to win in the short term. He’s not out to create a big splash for the fans, as Doug Whaley and Tim Murray did in previous Pegula administrations. Fans are justifiably impatient, but this new Sabres personnel department is not.’

Inside the NHL: Petersen snub again shines spotlight on college free agent issue

‘”It’s disheartening because you think you made a good pick and you spend a lot of time and energy with these young players,” Nashville GM David Poile said after the draft ended Saturday. “I don’t want to say you’re hoping because you’re actually expecting they will sign, so it hurts.”‘

Sabres GM Jason Botterill comfortable with scouts for NHL Draft

‘“You don’t have your relationships with the scouting staff, you don’t know how things have gone at midseason meetings and some of the discussions there,” Botterill said Saturday following the draft inside the United Center. “It was a learning process. It was more of a difficult situation.”’

Luukkonen sees opportunity with the Sabres

‘”Of course it’s a great situation when you know there’s space for you to fit in and you know there’s something to work for. You have a goal to work for, and I think it’s a great situation for me.”‘

GM Jason Botterill isn’t interested in a “quick fix” for the Sabres

‘”It’s a scenario where you’re trying to balance things out,” he said. “You’re trying to make improvements, you’re trying to bring people in – players that are going to help our organization right away. You always have to have a look on the long term. We can’t be sacrificing young players — we can’t be sacrificing draft picks for a short term fix.”‘

After chaotic two months, Sabres get chance to be a team again

‘“Jason did a great job making us feel welcome, making us feel comfortable with his program,” Jeff Crisp, the Sabres’ head amateur scout, said Saturday. “As advertised, he was a GM-in-waiting for a lot of different NHL teams for a reason. He’s very intelligent and very prepared. I’ve learned a lot already and hope to learn more from him and work with him to help the Sabres.”’

Mike Harrington: Draft weekend gives a glimpse to Botterill’s measured approach

‘Botterill knows this franchise hasn’t been to the playoffs in six years or won a single playoff series in a decade. But he’s going on a slow roll here. There will be no more damning of the torpedos and full speed ahead.’

Sabres Notebook: Top European goalie picked; Buffalo goes for unknown in third round

‘The Sabres are getting a goalie who’s been strapping on the pads since he could walk. He went straight to the net when he started playing street hockey, and he stayed in the crease as soon as there was ice under his feet.’

Sabres set development camp for July 8-11

‘The French Connection Tournament, the annual 3-on-3 challenge, will highlight the final day and start at 9:15 a.m. on July 11.’

Report: Rangers to hire Lindy Ruff as an assistant coach

‘Ruff then coached Dallas for four seasons but was fired again after last season. The Stars careeneed from the top of the Western Conference standings in 2015-16 to out of the playoffs this spring after brutal goaltending and injuries derailed the season.’

Take that, Charles Barkley! Bills’ Williams and Sabres’ Eichel don’t shy from being role models

‘“First off, we know Charles Barkley speaks a ton of garbage,’’ said Eichel, not swayed by Barkley’s professed love of hockey. “For someone to say athletes aren’t role models is a pretty ridiculous statement. Anyone can be a role model, whether it’s parents, someone in the community, athletes who play professionally you look up to, or it’s an athlete that’s on your team. … I do look at myself as a role model and hopefully some of you do. If I can help you in anyway, that’s what I want to do, that’s what a role model does. I know I have an impact on people’s lives and I just try and make it a positive one.’’’

Goalie prospect Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen sensed interest from Sabres

‘Like Sabres prospect Casey Mittelstadt, the eighth overall pick Friday, Luukkonen clearly feels comfortable in Buffalo. He talked about how much he liked the water around the city during his visit and how great it would be to represent Finland at the World Junior Championship in Buffalo later this year. “Just a beautiful city and great people,” he said.’

Sabres GM Jason Botterill stays patient at NHL Draft

‘“If you ever get in a rush, that’s when you make mistakes, and the bottom line is you do have to be patient,” Botterill said Saturday following his first draft as a GM. “I know (new coach) Phil Housley’s competitive. I know myself is competitive. We want to be competitive, we want to make changes, we want to be more successful right off the bat here.”’

Mittelstadt happy to be drafted by the Sabres

‘”It’s a long build up,” Mittelstadt said after being selected as Buffalo’s first round pick. “Being in the room for a while, it started to get stressful but it’s a big relief to be picked. I think me and my entire family are super excited. It’s a huge honor, and obviously going to a great place like Buffalo makes it even better.”‘

Sabres take Marcus Davidsson with 37th overall pick

‘The 18-year old is considered a gritty two-way center who brings speed and energy. The 6′ 0″ and 192-pound center scored five goals and registered nine points in 45 games with Djurgårdens, while averaging 11:12 of ice time last season.’