The Sabres Report - June 24, 2017

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.”’

Buffalo Sabres draft Casey Mittelstadt with 8th overall pick   


‘Mittelstadt grew up 30 minutes down the road from new Sabres head coach Phil Housley. It may take Mittelstadt some time to get to the NHL and play for Housley, but few players in the 2017 Draft have the potential Mittelstadt does.’

Cal Petersen heading to free agency, unlikely to sign with Sabres   


‘The 22-year-old standout netminder shined while with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish for the past three seasons. Last year, Petersen posted an impressive .926 save percentage and 2.22 goals against average while appearing in 40 games.’

Potential targets for the Buffalo Sabres on Day 2 on the NHL Draft   


‘Have no fear, there are some intriguing defensive prospects still available on day two.’

Sabres select Mittelstadt in 1st round of 2017 NHL Draft

‘Mittelstadt was No. 3 on Central Scouting’s list of top North American-based skaters and was also ranked third in Kris Baker of’s Top 31. He split time last season between the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL and his high school team, where he made a run for the state title.’

Botterill: Sabres were excited to select Mittelstadt at eight

‘”Between [picks] seven and eight, you’re excited but we were also very confident,” Botterill said. “There was no discussion. We felt Casey was the player that we wanted to select at that position there.”‘

Botterill expects Petersen to go to free agency, move on from Sabres

‘”I enjoyed interacting with him, I think he’s a very professional young man and I certainly wish him all the best,” Botterill said. “We always knew that was a possibility. Disappointed, but we’ll move on.”‘

The Sabres Report - June 23, 2017

As Sabres' Botterill contemplates moves, former fan Nolan Patrick ready for draft   

Buffalo News:

‘“It’s a situation where there’s always discussions going on, but to say that we’re close on anything right now, no,” the Sabres’ GM told The Buffalo News on Thursday night. “There’s longer discussions. You’re always looking to try to improve the team, but just like it’s so competitive on the ice, it’s competitive off the ice. You’re working with one team on trying to fix something, but they’re also working on something all the time.”‘

Mike Harrington: Even without high pick, it's a big day for Botterill to make some moves   

Buffalo News:

‘This roster needs more reshaping. More help on defense. More scoring. Decisions on key players. The amateur scouts did most of their prep work for this one and it was done by May, shortly after Botterill came on board. Housley, of course, was just hired so he’s going to mostly observe those proceedings.’

Draft Notebook: Pegula set to help college hockey; Stars hire Stu Barnes   

Buffalo News:

‘The Sabres’ owner will appear with some of hockey’s top executives Friday at a news conference that will “support college hockey.” Pegula will be joined by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, players’ association executive assistant Mathieu Schneider, USA Hockey Executive Director Pat Kelleher, Blackhawks President John McDonough and University of Illinois Athletics Director Josh Whitman.’

2017-18 Sabres schedule announced   

Buffalo News:

‘The game vs. Vegas will be part of a four-game road trip that includes the club’s annual sojourn to California against San Jose (Oct. 12), Los Angeles (Oct. 14) and Anaheim (Oct. 15). The Golden Knights make their first visit to Buffalo on March 10 in one of the Sabres’ seven home matinees.’

Sabres GM Jason Botterill front and center at NHL Draft   

Olean Times Herald:

‘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   

Olean Times Herald:

‘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.’