Friday’s Rochester Coverage

Sportscenter appearance highlighted rookie year for Dupuy (Amerks.com)

How the draft lottery could change Buffalo’s offseason plans

‘If the Sabres win any of the top three spots in Saturday night’s NHL draft lottery, that problem will be solved in the long term, but they will still need an offseason addition in the trade market or free agency to compete for the playoffs next season.’

Fasching and Bailey highlights among Buffalo Sabres year-end prospect awards

‘Fasching could be a candidate to begin 2016-17 on the main roster or he could wind up getting a little seasoning in Rochester. Either way, his future in Buffalo is extremely bright and the fan base is waiting excitedly for Faschingmania to take hold in Buffalo permanently.’

Sabres’ Carlo Colaiacovo hopes to return

‘“To be honest with you, I want to be around to see the fruits of this growth,” Colaiacovo said. “It’s always something special for me to see the Buffalo fans deserving of a championship.’

Buffalo Sabres year in review: part three — what to expect this offseason

‘Murray’s most important move will be getting Rasmus Ristolainen, Buffalo’s top defender and another impending RFA, a new deal. Based on the going rate for defensemen of Ristolainen’s age and caliber, don’t be surprised if his next deal is in the $4.5 to $5 million per-year range. Jake McCabe is also an RFA on the back-end, but should be relatively inexpensive.’

The dynamic rookie seasons of Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart

‘”It’s been fascinating to watch him play throughout the year, to see how good he is, what his speed can do, what he can do to the other teams ” Bylsma said after Buffalo’s final game of the season. “When you look at the last half a season, you see a guy who has had the puck on his stick as much as or more than anybody in the League and shows that he can be a dominant player in doing that. I think that’s where he’s grown.”‘

Tuesday’s Rochester Coverage

A leader in the making (Amerks.com)

Sabres’ Fasching added to U.S. world championship team

‘Fasching, who played seven games for the Sabres after leaving the University of Minnesota, has a long history with USA Hockey. He was part of the National Team Development Program for two years and played on the world junior and under-18 teams.’

Sabres prospect Brendan Guhle comfortable in pro hockey

‘“I can play in this league … and feel comfortable,” said Guhle, who had one goal and four points. “I made mistakes and I patched those up. I think overall I can play AHL hockey.”‘

Sabres’ Fasching added to Team USA

‘Fasching joined the Sabres for their final seven games after signing out of the University of Minnesota where he spent three seasons.’

Sabres Gionta not ready to quit

‘Gionta knows the final 41 games won’t carry over in October, but he says it shows the team what they need to do to take the next step “You go back 40 plus games you’re almost .600 winning percentage (point percentage was .573 over the final 41 games which would give them 94 points), so that’s what you want to be throughout the year.”’

Thursday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks’ up-and-down season ends with 3 losses (Sabres.com)
Bailey turns in productive rookie season (Amerks.com)

Amerks say good riddance to disappointing season

‘“On paper, I think we had one of the best teams in the league, but unfortunately we didn’t pull through in the right times,” center Tim Schaller told the Rochester media. “I just don’t think guys were consistent enough. I think some guys thought it was OK to take some nights off.”’

Sabres goalie prospect Linus Ullmark confident after tough stretch

‘“Yeah, it’s been tough,” Ullmark said. “Looking back, (no worries), it’s all about that. There’s nothing you can worry about, and that’s the hard part. If you get into that mindset, you start worrying about stuff that happened before, it’s hard to focus on what’s important.”‘

Buffalo Sabres year in review: part two — examining positional groups

‘The Sabres could stand to use a little more production from Evander Kane, who was acquired at the trade deadline in 2015 and carries a $5.2 million cap hit. Kane was mildly productive — 20 goals and 35 points in 65 games — but the Sabres need more from someone they expect to be a top-line winger. Numbers closer to his career-best of 30 goals and 57 points in 2011-12 with the Winnipeg Jets should be the expectation, but might be a reach considering Kane has only played over 70 games twice in his seven-year career. Still, he’ll only be 25-years-old when next season begins.’