Robin Lehner Conference Call Audio

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (June 29, 2015) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has tendered a qualifying offer to the following restricted free agents:

Forwards Jerry D’Amigo, Johan Larsson, Tim Schaller, Philip Varone; defensemen Jerome Leduc and Mark Pysyk; goaltender Nathan Lieuwen.

Ryan O’Reilly Conference Call Audio

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (June 27, 2015) — The Buffalo Sabres followed up a busy first day of the 2015 NHL Draft which saw the team make two trades and one draft selection by retaining all of the team’s second-day picks and selecting five prospects. On the second day of the draft, Buffalo added one forward and four defensemen to their day-one selection of forward Jack Eichel to wrap up the 2015 NHL Draft.

The Sabres began the day by selecting defenseman Brendan Guhle in the second round with the 51st overall pick. A native of Sherwood Park, Alberta, Guhle (6’2”, 184 lbs., 7/29/1997) finished his second WHL season with the Prince Albert Raiders in 2014-15 with 32 points (5+27) and 36 penalty minutes in 72 games. The left-handed defenseman recorded 15 of those points in the last 22 games of the season, earning a 20-spot improvement in NHL Central Scouting’s final prospect rankings.

Guhle again improved his draft stock earlier this month at the 2015 NHL Scouting Combine at HARBORCENTER in Buffalo, after logging the best results among all prospects in the long jump and the highest peak power output score on the Wingate bike test. In all, Guhle ranked in the top 10 in seven different categories at the combine, joining Eichel in a tie for most top-10 results.

Buffalo opened the fourth round (92nd overall) with the selection of defenseman William Borgen. A St. Cloud State commit, Borgen (6’1”, 189 lbs., 12/19/1996) tallied 19 points (3+16) in 24 games during his senior season for Moorhead High School (Minn.) before joining the Omaha Lancers (USHL) for 21 games to finish the 2014-15 season.

The Sabres chose yet another defenseman with the team’s next pick, selecting Kelowna (WHL) blueliner Devante Stephens in the fifth round (122nd overall). Stephens (6’1”, 171 lbs., 1/2/1997) made his WHL debut during the 2014-15 season, recording 11 points (4+7) in 64 regular-season games for Rockets. The Surrey, British Columbia native added four assists in 17 playoff games, helping Kelowna to team team’s fourth WHL Championship.

Buffalo’s run of defensemen ended in the sixth round, as the Sabres selected Lethbridge (WHL) center Giorgio Estephan with the 152nd pick in the draft. Estephan (6’0”, 188 lbs., 2/3/1997) ranked third among Hurricanes skaters with 51 points (23+28) in 64 games 2014-15. After being unranked on Central Scouting’s midterm rankings, the Edmonton, Alberta native saw his draft stock soar in the second half of the season after finishing the year with 45 points (22+23) in his final 39 games of the season.

Defenseman Ivan Chukarov of the Minnesota Wilderness (NAHL) rounded out the Sabres’ selections at 182nd overall. A Chicago native, Chukarov (6’2”, 190 lbs., 4/3/1995) recorded 43 points (12+31) in 55 games with Minnesota last season and is committed to the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Buffalo Sabres’ 2015 Draft Class:
Round (Overall) – Player (Pos) / Amateur team

1 (2) – Jack Eichel (C) / Boston University, NCAA-Hockey East
2 (51) – Brendan Guhle (D) / Prince Albert, WHL
4 (92) – William Borgen (D) / Moorhead, Minn. H.S.
5 (122) – Devante Stephens (D) / Kelowna, WHL
6 (152) – Giorgio Estephan (C) / Lethbridge, WHL
7 (182) – Ivan Chukarov (D) / Minnesota, NAHL


BUFFALO, N.Y. (June 26, 2015) — The Buffalo Sabres acquired three forwards today during the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft, beginning with the selection of center Jack Eichel (Boston University – Hockey East) with the second overall pick of the draft. Immediately after the selection, the Sabres acquired forwards Ryan O’Reilly and Jamie McGinn from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for defenseman Nikita Zadorov, forwards Mikhail Grigorenko and JT Compher and the 31st pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Eichel (6’2”, 196 lbs., 10/28/1996) joined Paul Kariya as the second freshman ever to earn the Hobey Baker Memorial Award as college hockey’s top player after leading all NCAA players with 71 points (26+45) in 40 games during his first collegiate season at Boston University in 2014-15.

A native of North Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Eichel led Boston University to a conference championship as the Most Valuable Player of the Hockey East Tournament before adding five points (2+3) in four NCAA Tournament games for the Terriers. In addition to the Hobey Baker Award, Eichel racked up several other major accolades for his standout freshman season, including NCAA Rookie of the Year, first-team All-American and Hockey East Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year, and was a unanimous selection as a first-team Hockey East All-Star.

Eichel also stood out on the international stage last season, beginning with a 2015 World Junior Championship in which he captained the United States squad while serving as the team’s top center. After finishing his season at Boston University, Eichel joined Team USA at the 2015 IIHF World Championship, where he became the first draft-eligible player to play for the United States in the tournament since Phil Housley did so in 1982. Eichel recorded seven points (2+5) in 10 World Championship games to help Team USA to a bronze medal.

O’Reilly (6’0”, 210 lbs., 2/7/1991) joins the Sabres after tallying 55 points (17+38) in 82 games last season as a member of the Avalanche. The Clinton, Ontario native led all Colorado skaters in faceoff percentage (53.3%) and takeaways (55), and led all Colorado forwards with 19:43 of ice time per game in 2014-15.

After being selected in the second round (33rd overall) by the Avalanche in 2009, O’Reilly has appeared in six NHL seasons with Colorado, registering at least 50 points in each of the last three full seasons. In 427 NHL regular-season games, he has recorded 246 points (90+156) and 64 penalty minutes, adding seven points (3+4) in 13 postseason games.

A seven-year NHL veteran, McGinn (6’1”, 210 lbs., 8/5/1988) has appeared in 366 games with the Avalanche and the San Jose Sharks, recording 128 points (69+59) and 172 penalty minutes. Though he spent most of the 2014-15 season on injured reserve, McGinn registered career-best totals in assists (19) and points (38) in 79 games in 2013-14.