Sabres Select Austin Osmanski/Vasily Glotov in 7th

‘The Sabres closed things up in the 2016 NHL Draft with back-to-back picks in the 7th round. With the 189th pick, the Sabres took a local kid from East Aurora Austin Osmanski. Osmanski played in the OHL for Mississauga last season with 1st round pick Alex Nylander. Osmanski had 10 points in 65 games for the Steelheads last season.’

Sabres’ Bylsma likes what the Sabres have done

‘There has been such an excitement downtown this week with all the events from the draft. It’s something that Bylsma has enjoyed, “I stepped out of the Hyatt yesterday and I think 12 years ago I stepped out on the same spot and looked down that street and what is out there now and what’s happening to our city is significantly different and vibe and the people and the excitement of hockey in Buffalo as well as the change in our city I think is pretty amazing.”’

Sabres’ Murray has been in touch about Stamkos

‘Tim Murray confirmed that he will be making a play for Steven Stamkos. He said they have reached out to Stamkos’ agent, but it’s very, very preliminary. Will it go further, “I plan to and the next conversation I have with them is to ask if he’d have an interest in Buffalo. I have to ask that question and I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t.”’

Sabres’ rebuild takes big step at 2016 NHL Draft

‘In all, the Sabres made 10 picks in the draft, but the lasting impression left on all who came to Buffalo, and even to some who now call Buffalo home, was a positive one.’

Sabres acquire defenseman Kulikov from Panthers

‘”We certainly like [Kulikov] as a player,” Sabres general manager Tim Murray said. “We did a lot of video scouting at the end of the year on him. We watched their six playoff games, other than knowing him well and watching him since he was in Drummondville and our pro scouting staff since he’s been in the National [Hockey] League. We like him as a player. We have a need for a left-shot [defenseman]. He had an outstanding playoff for them; I thought he was their best [defenseman] in the six games they played against the Islanders.”‘

Sabres select nine players on day 2 of NHL draft

‘The Buffalo Sabres selected nine players on the second day of the 2016 NHL Draft at First Niagara Center. These nine selections join Buffalo’s first-round pick, forward Alexander Nylander, to complete the team’s 2016 draft class, which includes six forwards and four defensemen. The Sabres also acquired defenseman Dmitry Kulikov from the Florida Panthers during the second round of the draft.’

Sabres acquire defenseman Kulikov from Panthers

‘The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has acquired defenseman Dmitry Kulikov and a second-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft (33rd overall) from the Florida Panthers in exchange for defenseman Mark Pysyk, a second-round pick in 2016 (38th overall) and a third-round pick in 2016 (89th overall).’

Murray believes Kulikov is a top defenseman

‘”We’ve got a guy that we think is a five or a five-plus in our ratings,” Murray said. “You watch Florida when they go on the PK; he was the first guy on the ice, when they needed a goal on the playoffs he was on the ice, when they needed to protect a lead late in the game he was on the ice so we certainly liked what we saw.”‘

With draft behind them, Sabres plan to ‘chase the big fish’ in free agency

‘”I plan to. I think I plan to,” Murray said. “I talk to them a lot – we’ve got O’Reilly, we’ve got a ton of their players – so we talk a lot with Newport Sports. The next conversation I have with them because we’re allowed to now is to just, I guess, ask if Steven is going to be available on July 1 and would he have an interest in Buffalo. I have to ask that question, I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t.”‘

Oh, brother! Sabres take Nylander at No. 8, add more spice to Leafs rivalry

‘“Skill, skating, the whole package,” was Murray’s assessment. “You hear everybody in the league talking after Pittsburgh wins the Stanley Cup about speed and skill and that’s what we’ve been trying to do the last couple of years. We don’t have enough of it yet. We’ve made great strides, but to add a guy like him we think is a top-6 forward kind of fit into our blueprint.”’

Ex-Sabre Vanek hits open market, McGuire Award Saturday

‘There are huge salary cap savings for the Wild. Vanek will count for $1.5 million this season rather than $6.5 million. There will be an additional $2.5 million hit to the Wild’s cap in 2017-18.’

Sabres’ Evander Kane focus of probe into alleged disturbance at Chippewa bar

‘Evander Kane, the Buffalo Sabres left winger, is being investigated following an alleged disturbance Thursday night at Bottoms Up, a bar in the Chippewa entertainment district, Buffalo Police said Friday.’

Sabres take Alex Nylander in 1st round

‘Nylander was born in Calgary when his father played for the Flames. He played the past season for the Ontario Hockey League’s Mississauga Steelheads, producing 28 goals, 47 assists and 75 points in 57 regular-season games and another 6-6-12 in six playoff games.’

Trader Tim still has work to do

‘But the fact Murray’s work is getting more challenging — like having to pick No. 8 Friday night at raucous First Niagara Center after not getting any dance partners in trade talks, which had to just irk Trader Tim — showed his rebuild plan is on track. It’s supposed to get harder and less hectic.’

Alexander Nylander fits Sabres’ blueprint

‘Sporting a blue Sabres jersey with his name and ’16 on the back, Alexander, whose father, Michael, played 920 NHL games, couldn’t hide his excitement. “It was an unbelievable moment, best moment of my life, big dream come true,” he said.’