SABRES ADD CHRIS HAJT TO COACHING STAFF

BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 17, 2017) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has hired Chris Hajt to serve as one of the club’s assistant coaches.

Hajt spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Kings’ AHL affiliate, where he helped guide the Manchester Monarchs to a Calder Cup Championship after the 2014-15 season. The team also made the playoffs in each of the last two seasons as the Ontario Reign, including a division title in 2015-16.

The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native and son of Sabres alumnus Bill Hajt also served as an assistant coach for the Guelph Storm (OHL) from 2008 to 2014. During his time in Guelph, the team made the playoffs in all six of his seasons and won an OHL championship in 2014. A former defenseman, Hajt played six NHL games for the Edmonton Oilers and Washington Capitals, adding 91 points (20+71) in 477 career AHL contests.

The team also announced that assistant coach Tom Ward will return for the 2017-18 season.

THIRD ANNUAL PROSPECTS CHALLENGE SET FOR SEPT. 8-11

BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 13, 2017) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team will again host the Prospects Challenge from September 8 to 11 at HarborCenter.                                             

The Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils will be joined by the Pittsburgh Penguins to compete with the Sabres in the round-robin challenge featuring prospects from each team. The participating teams will each play three games during the course of the event, which will be held entirely at HarborCenter.

Tickets for the games are $10 and will go on sale on Aug. 7 at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased in person at the KeyBank Center Box Office, by phone at 1-888-223-6000 or online at Sabres.com.

A full game schedule for the Prospects Challenge is below:

Friday, Sept. 8

  • Pittsburgh vs. Boston, 3:30 p.m.
  • Buffalo vs. New Jersey, 7 p.m.

 Saturday, Sept. 9

  • New Jersey vs. Pittsburgh, 3:30 p.m.
  • Buffalo vs. Boston, 7 p.m.

 Monday, Sept. 11

  • Boston vs. New Jersey, 12 p.m.
  • Buffalo vs. Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.

SABRES HIRE DIRECTOR OF AMATEUR SCOUTING

BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 9, 2017) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has hired Ryan Jankowski to serve as the club’s director of amateur scouting. The team also announced that Jeff Crisp has been promoted to assistant director of amateur scouting.

Jankowski joins the Sabres after spending the last four seasons in various roles with Hockey Canada. Hired by the organization in June 2013 as head scout, Jankowski was later promoted to director of player personnel. In this role, he was responsible for overseeing all player evaluation and selection for Canada’s national junior team, as well as the country’s under-18 and under-17 programs. In addition to his scouting duties at all levels, Jankowski’s time with Hockey Canada included managerial duties with Canada’s under-18 team.

Before his stint with Hockey Canada, Jankowski compiled 10 years of experience in NHL front offices, including three seasons as an amateur scout for the Montreal Canadiens (2010-11 to 2012-13) and four as assistant general manager during a seven-year stretch with the New York Islanders (2003-04 to 2009-10). With the Islanders, the Calgary, Alberta native was part of the staff responsible for the team’s drafts, including the selection of current Sabres forward Kyle Okposo in 2006.

Crisp will transition into his new role after spending the 2016-17 season as the Sabres’ head amateur scout. Prior to joining the Sabres, Crisp logged 17 seasons of experience in NHL scouting departments, including four seasons with the Calgary Flames and 13 seasons with the Anaheim Ducks.

SABRES, LARSSON AGREE TO TWO-YEAR CONTRACT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 8, 2017) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forward Johan Larsson to a two-year contract with an average annual value (AAV) of $1.475 million.

Larsson (5’11”, 200 lbs., 7/25/1992) posted 11 points (6+5) and 20 penalty minutes in 36 games last season before sustaining a wrist injury that caused him to miss the team’s final 46 contests. During his five-year NHL career, Larsson has recorded 48 points (22+26) in 178 games, including seven career game-winning goals.

A native of Lau, Sweden, Larsson helped capture a gold medal at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship after registering six assists in six games for Team Sweden.

SABRES ANNOUNCE 2017 DEVELOPMENT CAMP ROSTER

BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 6, 2017) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team’s roster for its annual summer development camp from July 8 to 11. All on-ice sessions will be held at HarborCenter.

*The 2017 Development Camp roster can be found HERE*

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 camp will feature current Sabres prospects, including several of the players selected at the 2017 NHL Draft. Attendees will take part in both on-ice and off-ice workouts.

The goals of the camp are to introduce prospective players to professional work habits and organizational standards. The players will have an opportunity to become familiar with the team and the resources available to them through the Sabres development staff and the performance team.

The full schedule of on-ice workouts open to the public at HarborCenter is below. All times are subject to change and any updates will be posted at Sabres.com.

Sat., July 8 2 to 3:30 p.m.
4 to 5:30 p.m.
Sun., July 9 10 to 11:15 a.m.
  2 to 3:15 p.m.
Mon., July 10  10:30 to 11:45 a.m.
  1:45 to 3:00 p.m.
Tue., July 11   French Connection Tournament: 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.