Leafs Win Lottery; Sabres Select 8th

‘The Sabres stayed put with the 8th overall pick. Buffalo had a 6% change of obtaining the top spot, while Toronto owned the best odds going into the lottery. The Oilers, who had the second-best odds, slipped to 4th overall while the Canucks landed in the five spot.’

Maple Leafs win draft lottery, Sabres to select 8th at NHL Draft

‘The Sabres had a six percent chance at winning the top pick after finishing 23rd in the league standings this season.’

Sabres to pick 8th overall at 2016 NHL draft

‘”It’s still the draft and there’s a lot of things that have to happen after the draft where you’ve got to put a player in a good position and give him every opportunity to succeed. We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves and put the cart ahead of the horse here,” Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan said. “We knew we were going to get a good player 1 through 4. Having the ability to pick first, obviously, we’re going to pick whoever we think is the best.”‘

Sabres to play Hurricanes in preseason game on Oct. 4

‘Marquette, Mich. has been named Kraft HockeyvilleTM USA 2016, the most passionate hockey community in America.’

Sabres sign Larsson to one-year deal

‘Larsson’s defensive work outshined the production as he joined with wingers Marcus Foligno and Brian Gionta to form Buffalo’s shutdown line. Larsson ranked second on the Sabres by winning 51.1 percent of his faceoffs. His ice time during the final month was 16:45 per game, a jump of more than two minutes over his previous average.’

After two lottery losses, what are Sabres’ chances?

‘The Sabres have a 19.2 percent chance of moving into the top three. They have a 39.2 percent chance of remaining eighth, a 34.8 percent chance of falling to ninth and a 6.6 percent chance of dropping to 10th. The furthest Buffalo can fall is 11th, but there’s only a 0.3 percent chance of that happening.’

Sabres re-sign Johan Larsson to 1-year contract

‘After months of so-so play and getting scratched, Larsson started pivoting Marcus Foligno and Brian Gionta in the winter, and the line quickly became the Sabres’ steadiest.’

Lottery should bring Sabres strong draft position

‘That means the Sabres can pick either first, second or third or eighth through 11th. They have 19.2 percent chance of jumping into the top three. They have a 39.2 percent chance of staying at eighth, a 34.8 percent chance of dropping to ninth and a 6.6 percent chance of slipping to 10th. There’s also a .03 percent chance they could pick 11th.’

Sabres, Larsson reach one-year extension

‘Larsson is coming off a career season with highs in games played (74), goals (10), and points (17).’

Buffalo Sabres re-sign forward Johan Larsson to 1-year deal

‘Larsson was eligible to become a restricted free agent once his contract expired this summer. The Swedish-born player is coming off a season in which he set career bests with 10 goals, 17 points and 74 games. He also finished tied with rookie center Jack Eichel in scoring five game-winning goals.’

President of Bills, Sabres passing on NHL draft to focus on football

‘In Brandon’s place, the Sabres are sending amateur scouting director Greg Royce and former spokesman and newly promoted HarborCenter general manager Michael Gilbert to the draft lottery.’

Sabres re-sign F Larsson

‘The Lau, Sweden, native has recorded 37 points (16 goals, 21 assists) and 58 penalty minutes in 142 games with the Sabres since being acquired from the Minnesota Wild on April 3, 2013.’

Sabres ink Larsson

‘Larsson was a second round pick of Minnesota in 2010 and was traded to Buffalo as part of the Jason Pominville deal. He’s played 141 games with Buffalo.’

Sabres back to the Draft Lottery

‘Buffalo has had the best odds the past two seasons, but lost out to Florida and then Edmonton. This season the Sabres have just a six percent chance.’

Sabres extend Forward Larsson

‘Larsson (5’11”, 200 lbs., 7/25/1992) set career-high marks in games played (74), goals (10) and points (17) in his first full NHL season in 2015-16. Five of his 10 goals were game-winners, tying Jack Eichel for the Sabres’ team lead. Larsson also ranked second among the team’s regular faceoff men with a career-best faceoff percentage of 51.1 percent.’