Goalie prospect Cal Petersen to pass on Sabres

‘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

‘“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.”’

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

‘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.’

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

‘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.’

Sabres expect to lose out in signing goalie prospect

‘The Sabres were expecting to have Petersen compete for a starting job with their minor league affiliate AHL Rochester next season.’

Top prospect who couldn’t do a single pull-up goes No. 8 to Sabres

‘Mittelstadt, an 18-year-old from Minnesota, faced some scrutiny for his scrawniness at the combine, where he also managed just one 160-pound bench press rep. But Friday night, he was a first-round pick.’

Sabres select Casey Mittelstadt with 8th overall pick

‘Mittelstadt brings electricity to his offensive game every time he steps on to the ice. He is a competitor with blazing speed, good vision, and crafty hands that allow him to be a good puck handler and playmaker. When the puck find his stick, he can hold on to it for as long as possible while using his speed and vision to find the best play available. He has the capability to be a complete player in the offensive end, and eventually be a top-six forward in the NHL.’

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.”’

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.”’

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.’

Potential targets for the Buffalo Sabres on Day 2 on the NHL Draft

‘Have no fear, there are some intriguing defensive prospects still available on day two.’

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 SabresProspects.com’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: Sabres were excited to select Mittelstadt at eight

‘”Between [picks] seven and eight, you’re excited but we were also very confident,” Botterill said. “There was no discussion. We felt Casey was the player that we wanted to select at that position there.”‘

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.”‘