Sabres leave NHL Draft feeling good about future

‘“I said, ‘Tim, I think we got more than a little bit better,’” Bylsma joked. “He said, ‘No, we just got a little bit better.’ That’s certainly true. From the outside, where we started (Friday) morning to the end of the day, a lot changed and a lot was added to the team.”’

Sabres draft pick Brendan Guhle feels comfortable in Buffalo

‘“He’s an unbelievable athlete,” Sabres general manager Tim Murray said. “He tested off the charts, can really skate.”’

Dan Bylsma excited about Sabres’ bold moves

‘“I said, ‘Tim, I think we got more than a little bit better,’” Bylsma said this morning at the NHL Draft inside the BB&T Center. “He said, ‘No, we just got a little bit better.’ That’s certainly true. From the outside, where we started the yesterday morning to the end of the day, a lot changed and a lot was added to the team.”’

Ex-Senators goalie Robin Lehner ‘didn’t click’ with Paul MacLean

‘”Then, I didn’t play for awhile and then it was just some bad luck. Craig got injured a few years in a row when and I hadn’t played in awhile. Maybe that’s something I have to work on, my maturity level … I don’t know what happened but I wasn’t happy with the way things played out. I think I came out of the gate good every season, I’d play good and then I didn’t get to play anymore. That’s something I’ve got to work on going forward. People have different opinions. I can only speak for myself, but that’s my opinion.”‘

Sunday’s Brendan Guhle Coverage

Buffalo Sabres draft Sherwood Park’s Brendan Guhle (Edmonton Journal)
Guhle goes to Buffalo (Prince Albert Daily Herald)

Sunday’s Will Borgen Coverage

Moorhead’s Borgen drafted by Buffalo in the NHL draft (Fargo Forum)

Sunday’s Devante Stephens Coverage

Kelowna Rockets’ Nick Merkley off to the desert (Kelowna Daily Courier)

Sunday’s Ivan Chukarov Coverage

Sabres draft Wilderness defenseman (Duluth News Tribune)

O’Reilly was Buffalo’s top target

‘”We’ve had multiple conversations, but we didn’t certainly start talking today,” Sabres general manager Tim Murray said following the first round of the NHL Draft. “[O’Reilly] has got tremendous hockey sense. His hockey sense is off the charts, I think he makes everyone around him better. I love his work ethic on and off the ice, I love his skill level.”‘

Sabres select Guhle in second round

‘”I’m really excited,” Guhle said. “I love the city [of Buffalo]. It was a good experience, nice little development down there with the new rink (HARBORCENTER).”‘

Sabres select Borgen in fourth round

‘The 18-year old defenseman split time between Moorhead High School and the Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League this past year. Standing at 6′ 2″ and 190-pounds, Borgen amassed 19 points in 24 games with Moorhead, and tallied up six points in 18 games with Omaha. Borgen is a right-handed defenseman who is committed to St. Cloud State University for the 2016-17 season.’

Sabres select Stephens in fifth round

‘Stephens, 6′ 1″ and 174-pounds, was rated as the 116th top North American skater according to NHL’s Central Scouting. In his first year with the Rockets, Stephens only registered 11 points in 64 games, but was part of a Rockets team that won the WHL Championships, and finished second at the Mastercard Memorial Cup.’

Sabres select Estephan in sixth round

‘Estephan finished the 2014-15 campaign in Lethbridge with 51 points, which was good for third in team scoring. Estephan was ranked as 144th North American skater by NHL’s Central Scouting.’

Sabres select Chukarov with final pick

‘Chukarov finished his 2014-15 campaign with the Wilderness with 12 goals and 31 assists in 55 games played. Chukarov also had six assists in 12 playoff games with the Wilderness.’

A Sabres draft night to remember

‘The Buffalo Sabres, and Murray’s ‘swing for the fences’ hacks at the trade market were the talk of the first round of the draft. Behind the scenes reporters from several markets around the league were starting conversations with me about how the Sabres are now a playoff team. They are at least no longer a pushover. Not in the slightest.’