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.’

Lehner healthy, excited for fresh start with Sabres

‘”It was nothing personal between us, I don’t think,” Lehner said. “It just seemed like when I’d start getting hot, I didn’t get the chance to play, and that happened on several occasions.”‘

Sabres select 5 players on Day 2 of NHL Draft

‘The Buffalo Sabres followed up a busy first day of the 2015 NHL Draft which saw the team make two trades and one draft selection by retaining all of the team’s second-day picks and selecting five prospects. On the second day of the draft, Buffalo added one forward and four defensemen to their day-one selection of forward Jack Eichel to wrap up the 2015 NHL Draft.’

An early look at the depth chart

‘So with that in mind — and knowing that head coach Dan Bylsma is already anxious to put some line combinations into play — here’s a hypothetical look at how the Sabres might line up against the Ottawa Senators, opening night Oct. 8 at First Niagara Center.’

Finally, it’s official: Sabres make Eichel their top pick

‘”It’s a great feeling to be selected, especially in an organization like this,” Eichel said. “There’s so much passion and tradition. You look at the Buffalo community and everyone is really into their hockey and knowledgeable. Even though I hadn’t been selected until today, it seemed like I had been part of the Buffalo Sabres for a while now. To finally put this jersey on, it’s a tremendous feeling.”‘

Ecstatic Eichel already feels at home with Sabres and Buffalo

‘”Buffalo as a city and the Sabres as a team are heading in a great direction,” Eichel said. “You look at some of the moves they’ve made and the guys that they’ve acquired, the guys they have in their system and some of the guys they have on their team, there’s a lot of positives. I just want to become a piece of the puzzle.’

For city on upswing, it’s the perfect match

‘“What’s interesting to me non-hockey wise is that the kid came to all those events by himself,” Sabres President Ted Black said. “His parents are working parents and he’s able to get to these things on his own. Doesn’t have a posse around him, good or bad. That really strikes me – the level of maturity for a 17- and 18-year-old kid that’s comfortable and confident to get around on his own without the need of adult supervision.”’

Trade moves O’Reilly to center stage with Sabres

‘Though young and talented, O’Reilly was long-rumored to be on the trade block because of contract issues. He held out at the start of the 2013 lockout-shortened season and signed an offer sheet with Calgary that Colorado matched. He followed up by signing a two-year, $12 million deal that expires after next season. He’s scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent, but Sabres General Manager Tim Murray has no plans to let that happen.’

Murray pulls trigger on trade to land young goalie

‘“I think he’s a No. 1 goalie. I think he becomes the starter. When I talk about guys that are a starter or a No. 1 center or a No. 3 defenseman or whatever, I mean on a good team. I mean on a contending team. I mean on a competitive team. I mean on a playoff team.”’

The Jack Eichel era is about to begin for Sabres

‘Assuming Eichel is paid the maximum allowed by the collective bargaining agreement, his mandatory three-year contract would pay him an NHL salary of $925,000 per season. He could be paid a total signing bonus of $277,500, and performance bonuses could total $3.775 million.’

Jack Eichel thrilled to be drafted by Sabres: ‘I wanted to be a part of this’

‘“You don’t want to assume anything before it’s happened,” he said. “So until it was set in stone I didn’t want to publicly even speak about my feeling for the Sabres organization. I wanted to be a part of this. Now that it’s finally set in stone I can say this is where I wanted to be and it’s a dream come true.”’