Sabres select Casey Mittelstadt with 8th overall pick

‘Mittelstadt brings electricity to his offensive game every time he steps on to the ice. He is a competitor with blazing speed, good vision, and crafty hands that allow him to be a good puck handler and playmaker. When the puck find his stick, he can hold on to it for as long as possible while using his speed and vision to find the best play available. He has the capability to be a complete player in the offensive end, and eventually be a top-six forward in the NHL.’

The Sabres will not get Cal Petersen

‘With college players using this loophole in the Collective Bargaining Agreement, it seems like it may be getting more dangerous to draft college players. Botterill said, “I still believe a lot in the college model and having players develop there. I think it’s a great scenario, I think it’s very good from a standpoint of the work ethic, the strength training and just the pace of play for skaters, so overall you still want to get the best player and you’ve got to work on developing that relationship through your development staff over time.”’

Sabres’ Botterill is ready for his first NHL Draft as a GM

‘“We’ll look at different scenarios of possibly moving up or moving back, but right now, our mindset is we’re going to be choosing at eight and I think they’ve done a great job at making sure no matter how the draft plays out, we’re going to be prepared.”’

Sabres release 2017-18 regular season schedule

‘March will also see the Sabres play nine of their 14 games from the KeyBank Center. This stretch includes a season-high six-game home-stand from March 10th to the 23rd. During that home-stand, the Sabres will host the Golden Knights for the first time on Saturday March 10th at 1 p.m. On Monday March 19th, Housley will go up against the Predators for the first time at home. At the end of the month, Housley and the Sabres will travel to Nashville to face the Predators at Bridgestone Arena.’

Vegas takes Carrier in the Expansion Draft

‘Buffalo got Carrier from St. Louis as part of the Ryan Miller and Steve Ott trade.’

Beaulieu: ‘I know I’m a top-four defenseman in this league’

‘“I like to get up the ice,” Beaulieu said. “I skate pretty well and you know I’m an offensive minded guy, but I know in this league you have to take care of your own zone first. I feel like the type of hockey Buffalo is trying to play now is more instinctive and getting up in the play and pushing the pace. You look at the teams that went far in the playoffs, their defense were so mobile and were such a huge part of their success. So I feel like everything is being pushed in the right direction and I’m just so fortunate to be a part of it.”’

The Sabres home opener is October 5

‘Buffalo will be in Long Island for the Islanders’ home opener on October 7.’

Report: Sabres will not retain assistant coaches

‘Murray was the longest tenured assistant with the Sabres, serving on the Buffalo bench since Bylsma first came along as head coach in the 2015-16 season. Murray had left his post as the head coach of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms to join the Sabres in 2015, and has served as a head coach in the NHL with the Washington Capitals, Philadelphia Flyers, Florida Panthers and Los Angeles Kings.’

NHL releases new Adidas Sabres jersey

‘The Sabres’ colors remain the same as there is no change from the navy blue, gold, and white. What has changed with these jerseys is that the silver piping along the arms have been taken out on the front and back of the jersey. In addition, the silver armpits have also been removed from the new jerseys. Another subtle change made to the jersey is that the amount of silver in the striping and the logo has either been minimized or completely eliminated.’

The Sabres release their preseason schedule

‘Toronto visits Buffalo on September 23 while the Islanders are here September 29.’

Sabres protect Ennis over Carrier

‘The only surprise to me is Ennis. Why would Vegas take a chance on a guy who hasn’t been the same since suffering two major concussions? It looks like Botterill either has a deal in place or he doesn’t think the Sabres can use Carrier’s speed. My guess is there could be a deal that says Vegas will not take Ullmark, if they can have Carrier.’

Sabres’ Beaulieu is very happy to get traded here

‘Beaulieu played 10 career games against Buffalo and was pointless. He said he learned a lot about this team by preparing for them, “The biggest thing was how energetic it was to play against them. Young teams are scary to play against because you don’t know what to expect, but with the youth, I’m very excited to be part of that situation.”’

Sabres trade for Nathan Beaulieu

‘The 24-year-old is a guy who can skate that probably can benefit from Phil Housley being his coach.’

McCabe: ‘When Housley has something to say, you’re going to listen to him’

‘”You know his resume, and you know he knows the game. When he has something to say, you’re going to listen to him. That was three or four years ago, so I’m sure he’s changed over the last couple of years working under (Peter) Laviolette. Obviously he’s learned a lot about the pro game and the coaching game, and he’s ready to make the next step. I think we’re all pretty excited to see what kind of brand of hockey he wants to us play, and I think the fans will enjoy it as well.”‘

Sabres’ Botterill preparing for Expansion Draft

‘Teams must have their expansion lists finalized by Saturday when the trade and waiver freeze also takes place. Botterill said he’s already laid the groundwork, “My dialogs with other GM’s in preparation for the Expansion Draft and for the Draft and for free agency, I’ve felt very well prepared.”’