The Sabres Report - June 25, 2017

2017 NHL Draft a learning process for Botterill   


‘”If you ever get in a rush, that’s when you make mistakes. The bottom line is you have to be patient. I know Phil Housley is competitive, I know myself as competitive. We want to be competitive, we want to make changes and be more successful right off the bat here. It’s a scenario where we’re trying to balance things out. We’re trying to make improvements, trying to bring players in that will help our organization right away, but you always have to have a look at the long-term. We can’t be sacrificing young players, we can’t be sacrificing draft picks for short-term picks.”‘

Sabres release 2017 development camp schedule   


‘This will be the first chance for fans to get a look at the Sabres’ 2017 NHL Draft class, including eighth overall pick Casey Mittelstadt. Several prospects in the Sabres pipeline will be returning to camp, in addition to some camp invites from all across junior and college hockey.’

Breaking down the Buffalo Sabres picks on day two of the NHL Draft   


‘The numbers don’t jump off the page but it’s important to remember, Davidsson is an 18-year-old playing against grown men. Very often young players see a massive spike in point production when they return to tournaments like the Under 20 World Junior Championships. Chances are, Davidsson will represent Sweden at the World Juniors in Buffalo this year.’

Sabres prospects & the pros: What's next for Casey Mittelstadt?   


‘”You know our job and I think you want to be in a situation where you’re developing players,” Botterill said. “I trust the college level. It doesn’t mean — I think the junior way is a very good way, too. Everyone wants to say what is the best way. There’s no best way, but I feel very comfortable with players and developing them in that scenario.”‘

Report: Lindy Ruff will join New York Rangers as an assistant coach   


‘More recently, Ruff was the head coach of the Dallas Stars, making two playoff appearances in four seasons. After the 2016-2017 season, Ruff was fired after the Stars failed to make the playoffs.’

Jason Botterill pleased with first draft as Sabres GM

‘”Coming in in May, you don’t have the relationships with the scouting staff, you don’t know how things have gone at the mid-season meetings and the discussions there,” said Botterill, who spent the past 10 seasons with the Penguins in a variety of roles. “It was a learning process. I think next year, they are going to have a familiarity of what we are looking for from players, what we feel is a Buffalo Sabres player and what we want to bring to the organization.”‘

Sabres begin to restock goaltending cupboard with pick of Luukkonen

‘He grew up watching Ryan Miller, although Pekka Rinne – another Finnish goalie – is his idol. He also has an affection, as most young Finns do, for Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen. He fondly remembers Ristolainen’s golden goal at the World Junior Championship in 2014.’

Botterill recaps a 'balanced' Draft, looks ahead to free agency

‘”We’re happy with it,” the Sabres GM said. “I think we’ve got a good balance, obviously getting the goaltender we desired but also getting a couple defensemen along with forwards. Maybe there’s not as much fanfare and as much excitement as the first round, but we felt we got some picks that will have an opportunity to help our organization in the future.”‘

Sabres announce 2017 Development Camp schedule

‘On-ice camp sessions throughout the week will be free and open to the public. The French Connection Tournament, an intra-squad 3-on-3 tournament, will highlight the final day of camp on Tuesday, July 11 beginning at 9:15 a.m.’

The Sabres Report - June 24, 2017

Sabres select Swedish center Marcus Davidsson with early second-round pick   

Buffalo News:

‘He plays professionally for Djurgardens of the Swedish Hockey League, where he had five goals and nine points in 45 games. He added six goals and 10 points in nine games with Djurgardens’ junior team.’

Sabres select top European goalie with their second second-round pick   

Buffalo News:

‘Luukkonen had a .916 save percentage and 1.78 goals-against average in 35 games this season, leading HPK Jr. to the league championship.’

Rounds 3-4: Sabres go off the board for two defensemen   

Buffalo News:

‘Laaksonen, 17, is listed on as 5-foot-9 and 130 pounds but by the NHL as growing to 6-1, 165. He had six goals and 13 assists last season while splitting time between Liiga and Sarja in the Finnish junior leagues.’

Sabres use seventh-round pick on Swedish left winger   

Buffalo News:

‘Weissbach, a native of Sweden, came to North America this year. He had 19 goals and 47 points in 49 for Tri-City. The 5-foot-8, 161-pounder previously played in the Frolunda system.’

Sabres select Casey Mittelstadt with No. 8 pick in NHL Draft   

Buffalo News:

‘He made negative news at the NHL Scouting Combine in Buffalo, where he failed to do a single pull-up. He did one bench press.’

From one Minnesotan to another, Mittelstadt happy to go to Sabres   

Buffalo News:

‘“A lot of people were saying how wide-open this draft could be, and I definitely think it played up to what people were saying,” Mittelstadt said in United Center. “I’m happy going to Buffalo. It’s a great place to play, and they’ve got a really good team up there already. It’s definitely an honor.”’