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SABRES ANNOUNCE 2021 PROSPECTS CHALLENGE

BUFFALO, N.Y. (September 3, 2021) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team will again host the Prospects Challenge from Sept. 17 to 19 at LECOM Harborcenter.

**Buffalo’s Prospects Challenge roster can be found here.**

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

Tickets are available for purchase at Sabres.com/Prospects and cost $10 per ticket. LECOM Harborcenter and fans will be subject to the policies and guidelines issued by any federal, state, county or other governmental entity that govern the COVID-19 pandemic and admission into the facility at the time of the event. At this time, per New York State and CDC guidance, fans who are unvaccinated will be required to wear a mask at all times within LECOM Harborcenter. Masks are optional for fans who are fully vaccinated.

A full game schedule for the Prospects Challenge is below:

Friday, Sept. 17

  • Buffalo vs. New Jersey, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 18

  • Buffalo vs. Boston, 3 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 19

  • New Jersey vs. Boston, 1 p.m.

SABRES SIGN JOKIHARJU TO 3-YEAR CONTRACT

The Buffalo Sabres have signed defenseman Henri Jokiharju to a three-year contract with an AAV of $2.5 million.

Highlights:
  • Notched eight points (3+5) in 46 games for the Sabres in 2020-21 and tied for seventh among NHL defensemen in penalties taken per 60 minutes (0.14).
  • Was one of four players to appear in all 69 games the Sabres played during his first full NHL season in 2019-20.
  • Has represented his native Finland at four major international tournaments, including gold medal-winning performances at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship, the 2019 IIHF World Championship and the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship.

SABRES SIGN MITTELSTADT TO 3-YEAR CONTRACT

The Buffalo Sabres have signed forward Casey Mittelstadt to a three-year contract with an AAV of $2.5 million.

Highlights:
  • Ranked third among Sabres skaters in goals (10) and fourth in points (22) in 41 games played during the 2020-21 season.
  • Recorded 30 points (11+19) in 34 games for the University of Minnesota and was named to the 2016-17 Big Ten All-Rookie Team after his only season of collegiate hockey.
  • Captured bronze medals for Team USA at the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship and at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, where he led the tournament in points and was named tournament MVP.

SABRES SIGN FITZGERALD TO 2-YEAR CONTRACT

The Buffalo Sabres have signed defenseman Casey Fitzgerald to a two-year contract with an AAV of $750,000.

Highlights:
  • Tied for second among Rochester Americans (AHL) defensemen in goals (2) and tied for third among team defensemen in points (11) in 22 games for the Amerks in 2020-21.
  • Played four seasons for Boston College (Hockey East), where he was team captain for two seasons and was named Hockey East’s Best Defensive Defenseman after his junior season in 2017-18.
  • Won a gold medal with the United States at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, the 2015 IIHF World U18 Championship and the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship.

SABRES SIGN MACINNIS TO 1-YEAR CONTRACT

The Buffalo Sabres have signed forward Ryan MacInnis to a one-year contract worth $750,000.

Highlights:
  • Recorded AHL career highs in goals (7), assists (23) and points (30) in 45 games for the Cleveland Monsters during the 2019-20 season.
  • Played three seasons for the Kitchener Rangers from 2013-14 to 2015-16, totaling 180 points (79+101) in 192 career OHL games and serving as team captain during his last season with the team.
  • Captured a bronze medal and recorded three points (0+3) in seven games while representing the United States at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship.