Why don’t Sharks ever beat Sabres?

‘”They’re good,” Thornton said of the Sabres, as reporters around him burst out laughing over a Buffalo team that hasn’t made the playoffs in five years. “Well, they play us hard. They really do. We were lucky to beat them in overtime this year. I don’t know. What a weird streak. We couldn’t beat them in 10 years. It just shows the parity in this game is incredible.”‘

Buffalo Sabres sign Karabacek, 2014 2nd-round draft pick

‘The Czech Republic-born player was selected by the Sabres with the 49th pick in the 2014 draft. Karabacek is coming off a season in which he had 18 goals and 12 assists in 47 games split between Baie-Comeau and Moncton in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.’

Sabres sign Karabacek to entry-level deal

‘Karabacek (6’0”, 199 lbs., 5/2/1996) tallied 30 points (18+12) and 56 penalty minutes in 47 regular-season games with the Baie-Comeau Drakkar and the Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL this season. He also added nine points (6+3) and 14 penalty minutes in 17 playoff games for the Wildcats.’

Sabres sign prospect Vaclav Karabacek to 3-year, entry-level contract

Karabacek, 20, split 2015-16 between the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Baie-Comeau Drakkar and Moncton Wildcats, compiling 18 goals and 30 points in 47 games.’

Sources: Sabres come to terms with Karabacek

‘Vaclav Karabacek was the third of three 2nd round picks the Sabres had in 2014. Brendan Lemieux was 31st overall and was traded to Winnipeg in the Evander Kane deal.’

O’Reilly played major role for Canada on and off the ice

‘”I think every year you have to just kind of grow yourself,” he said. “This year in Buffalo, I definitely found and started to grow as a leader more vocally and doing certain other things. It was kind of good having that experience and going into this situation knowing it was going to be like that.”‘

Wednesday’s Rochester Coverage

Rodrigues worked his way to late season audition (Amerks.com)

Sabres’ Bylsma says there’s pressure to coach defense

‘One thing Bylsma came up with which I felt took away the offense is on the opening faceoff, he’d put out Josh Gorges with Rasmus Ristolainen along with one forward. Almost all teams play two forwards and a defenseman as does Bylsma, but he wanted to slow down the overtime by being in good position to play defense. If Buffalo won the draw, they couldn’t attack because they had to wait for Gorges to make a sprint over two lines to the bench to get the other forward out. If they lost the draw, they’d go with two D until they could get possession.’

2011 NHL Draft: Buffalo Sabres have most insignificant draft in over a decade

‘The 2011 NHL Draft was a quiet one for the Sabres. They made no moves on the day and wound up making just six selections. They were without their second round pick as a result of a trade with the St. Louis Blues in February that saw them acquired forward Brad Boyes.’

Tuesday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks sign Paul Geiger to AHL contract (Amerks.com)

Sabres sign defense prospect Brycen Martin to 3-year, entry-level deal

‘Martin made two AHL appearances with the Rochester Americans, a team he will likely be ticketed for next season, at the end of 2014-15.’

Sabres sign D Martin to entry-level contract

‘Martin tied career highs with six goals, 31 assists and 37 points over 66 games this season for the Saskatoon Blades and Everett Silvertips of the WHL.’

Sabres ink a defenseman

‘With Eric Cornel signing before the season was over, that leaves only 2nd round pick Vaclav Karabacek to sign by June 1.’

Sabres ink Martin to entry-level contract

‘Martin (6’2”, 199 lbs., 5/9/1996) tied his career-high totals in goals (6), assists (31) and points (37) in 66 games for the Saskatoon Blades and Everett Silvertips (WHL) during the 2015-16 season. The Calgary, Alberta native finished fifth among Silvertips skaters and paced all Everett defenseman in assists and points during the campaign.’

Brycen Martin Signs With the Buffalo Sabres

‘Martin, who turned 20 years old on May 9, tied a career high in goals (6), assists (31) and points (37) in 66 games this season with the Silvertips and Saskatoon Blades. He was fifth on the Silvertips in scoring and also notched six power play points after being acquired by the club on Dec. 1, also appearing in all nine playoff games while registering a game-winning goal and an assist.’