What They Said: Sabres draft pick Casey Mittelstadt

‘Yeah, being American, I like to watch Eichel. I think he’s one of the best Americans in the league, and a lot of Americans like to look up to him, so I definitely have watched them before. Like I said, I love watching Eichel. I’ve seen a lot of him throughout the years. It’s definitely, like I said, an honor to be there and an honor to one day play with those guys.’

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

‘“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.’

Sabres Notebook: Botterill, Housley interviewing; GM talks Kane

‘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.’

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

‘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.’

Mike Harrington’s Hot Read: Loss of Petersen an early blow to Botterill

‘Petersen is pulling a Jimmy Vesey-like move, exercising his CBA rights to go to free agency. The bet here is the Iowa kid is signing with the Blackhawks, the team he loves and the team that holds its training camp each year at Notre Dame. Petersen’s USHL team? The Waterloo Black Hawks. What a coincidence.’

Sabres select center Casey Mittelstadt, Minnesota high school’s ‘Mr. Hockey’

‘Mittelstadt, 6-0, 201 pounds, was ranked the No. 3 overall player among North American skaters by the NHL’s Central Scouting. Six of the top 10 ranked North American skaters and seven of the top 10 internationally ranked skaters were available to the Sabres when their pick came up.’

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

‘“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.’’’

Casey Mittelstadt happy to be Sabres’ top pick

‘“It’s been a lot of buildup,” he said. “It’s been a stressful day, to be honest with you. … It’s a big relief to be picked. Me and my family are super excited.”’

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.’