Casey Mittelstadt happy to be Sabres’ top pick

‘“It’s been a lot of buildup,” he said. “It’s been a stressful day, to be honest with you. … It’s a big relief to be picked. Me and my family are super excited.”’

Goalie prospect Cal Petersen to pass on Sabres

‘The Sabres, of course, can trade Petersen’s rights. Murray acquired winger Jimmy Vesey’s rights a year ago after the Harvard product refused to sign with the Nashville Predators. Vesey, however, elected for free agency and signed with the New York Rangers.’

Andrew Allen still with Sabres; Phil Housley assembling staff

‘“It’s a situation where we’re very excited about Andrew,” Botterill said this morning prior to the NHL Draft. “My plan has always been to work with Andrew. It’s a scenario where Phil and I have to make a final decision.”’

Sabres GM Jason Botterill front and center at NHL Draft

‘Does Botterill want to revamp the Sabres? Or does he just want to tweak? How aggressive could he be? This weekend’s NHL Draft, which kicks off with the first round tonight at the United Center, should provide the first clues.’

2017-18 Sabres schedule features early date with Golden Knights

‘The Sabres also have two three-game road trips sandwiched around the Winter Classic New Year’s Day at Citi Field in New York against the Rangers. The Sabres, however, are technically the home team for that game. They must leave town because of the World Junior Championship.’

Golden Knights grab William Carrier; Sabres trade pick to club

‘Carrier, 22, compiled five goals and eights points in 41 games as a rookie last season.’

Sabres could land strong defense prospect at NHL Draft

‘“There’s some really solid defensemen in this draft, there’s no question about that,” Gregory said. “You can sort of pick the defenseman you may want. The one thing I love about our game is how it’s trending. Even the big defenseman that is physical, that is a force in front of the net, you’re starting to see those guys possess excellent ability to transition the puck or be part of the offensive attack.’

Sabres announce 2017 preseason schedule

‘Two games against the Penguins might be Jason Botterill’s doing. The new general manager was hired away from Pittsburgh last month.’

NHL Expansion Draft has evolved; Sabres could lose William Carrier

‘Winger William Carrier, perhaps the Sabres’ biggest surprise as a rookie last season, could be Botterill’s offering to Vegas to keep Ullmark. The Sabres protected struggling $4.6 million veteran winger Tyler Ennis, not the 22-year-old Carrier.’

Sabres leave big salaries unprotected for expansion draft

‘The Sabres protected $4.6 million winger Tyler Ennis, who has struggled for two seasons battling injuries, and defenseman Nathan Beaulieu, who was acquired Saturday from the Montreal Canadiens. Perhaps the Sabres believe the speedy Ennis, a three-time 20-goal scorer, can thrive again under new coach Phil Housley.’

Nathan Beaulieu excited for fresh opportunity with Sabres

‘“I’m so excited for the style of play he wants to go forth with,” he said. “It’s going to fit right into my game. I got a huge opportunity here to grow my game with a guy who played the game I like to play.”’

Sabres add to defense, trade for Nathan Beaulieu

‘In Beaulieu, who could’ve been left unprotected, the Sabres possess a smooth-skating, puck-moving defenseman. Under new coach Phil Housley’s tutelage as an assistant in Nashville, the Predators’ defense corps transformed into arguably the NHL’s best, so perhaps he can help Beaulieu unlock his potential.’

Sabres hire Phil Housley as coach

‘Housley amassed 338 goals and 1,232 points in 1,495 games over a 21-year career. The Minnesota native is regarded as one of the greatest offensive defensemen in NHL history.’

Sabres notes: Kyle Okposo ‘looking great,’ will be ready for training camp

‘“Everything’s looking great for Kyle,” Botterill said Thursday during an introductory news conference for coach Phil Housley inside KeyBank Center. “Physically he looks great, mentally he looks great.”’

Sabres re-sign goalie Linus Ullmark

‘If the Vegas Golden Knights don’t select Ullmark in the upcoming expansion draft – given the Swede has morphed into top prospect, he could be grabbed – he might graduate to the Sabres next season.’