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SABRES SELECT DAHLIN FIRST OVERALL AT 2018 NHL DRAFT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (June 22, 2018) — The Buffalo Sabres selected defenseman Rasmus Dahlin (Frölunda – SHL) with the first overall pick of the 2018 NHL Draft.

Dahlin (6’3”, 185 lbs., 4/13/2000) appeared in his second professional season in 2017-18, posting 20 points (7+13) and tying for fourth among all SHL defensemen with seven goals in 41 games. Through two SHL seasons, he has totaled 23 points (8+15) in 67 regular-season games, adding eight points (4+4) in 20 postseason contests.

A native of Lidköping, Sweden, Dahlin won a silver medal at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo. His six points (0+6), plus-7 rating and 23:08 average ice time at the tournament all led or tied to lead his team, helping earn him Best Defenseman honors and a spot on the tournament All-Star Team.

Dahlin also represented Sweden at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship as a 16-year-old and, at 17, was the youngest player at the 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

With the selection, Dahlin joins Mats Sundin (Quebec – 1989) as just the second Swede ever selected first overall in the NHL Draft. He is the third player to be selected first overall by the Sabres, joining Gilbert Perreault (1970) and Pierre Turgeon (1987).

SABRES ANNOUNCE 2018-19 REGULAR-SEASON SCHEDULE

BUFFALO, N.Y. (June 21, 2018) — The Buffalo Sabres and the NHL today announced the team’s 2018-19 regular-season schedule. Ticket pricing information for individual home games will be released at a later date.

***Click here for the full 2018-19 Buffalo Sabres Schedule (PDF)***

The Sabres open their season at home on Thursday, Oct. 4 against the Boston Bruins, kicking off a four-game home stand to start the campaign. The team will then travel west for a five-game Pacific Division road trip that will be the team’s longest stretch away from home in 2018-19.

The longest home stand of the season will take place in February, when the Sabres will play seven consecutive home games to begin the month. The team will play eight afternoon games at KeyBank Center this season, including five of their nine Saturday home games:

  • Monday, Oct. 8 vs. Vegas, 3 p.m. (Columbus Day)
  • Saturday, Nov. 3 vs. Ottawa, 1 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 10 vs. Vancouver, 1 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 23 vs. Montreal, 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 8 vs. Philadelphia, 1 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 9 vs. Detroit, 1 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 10 vs. Winnipeg, 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 23 vs. Washington, 1 p.m.

Among other schedule highlights are the team’s meetings with the Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals on Feb. 23 in Buffalo and Dec. 15 and 21 in Washington. The team’s March 30 visit to New York to face off with the Islanders will take place at NYCB Live: Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

The Sabres will play 16 back-to-back sets for the second consecutive season and get a 10-day layoff in January, when the team’s bye week runs into the NHL All-Star Break. Buffalo will conclude the season with nine of its last 10 games against Eastern Conference opponents.

SABRES ACQUIRE HICKEY FROM COYOTES

BUFFALO, N.Y. (June 14, 2018) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has acquired defenseman Brandon Hickey from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for forward Hudson Fasching.

Hickey (6’2”, 201 lbs., 4/13/1996) recorded 14 points (6+8) in 35 games as the team captain in his senior season at Boston University in 2017-18, helping lead the Terriers to their second Hockey East championship during his tenure. The Edmonton, Alberta native finished his collegiate career with 54 points (21+33) in 147 games.

Selected by the Calgary Flames in the third round (64th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft, Hickey has also represented Canada internationally, appearing in the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship in Helsinki, Finland and the 2018 Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland.

The Sabres have also acquired forward Mike Sislo as part of the deal.

SABRES SIGN ASPLUND TO ENTRY-LEVEL DEAL

BUFFALO, N.Y. (May 23, 2018) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forward Rasmus Asplund to a three-year, entry level contract.

Asplund (5’11”, 176 lbs., 12/3/1997) posted career-high totals in goals (8) assists (20) and points (28) in 50 games during his third full season with Färjestad BK of the Swedish Hockey League in 2017-18. The Filipstad, Sweden native played in parts of four total SHL seasons, posting 62 points (20+42) in 170 career games.

Buffalo’s second-round pick (33rd overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft, Asplund also represented Sweden internationally in two legs of the Euro Hockey Tour last season, appearing in the Karjala Tournament in Finland and the Carlson Hockey Games in the Czech Republic. He previously appeared in two World Junior Championships with Sweden and served as his team’s captain at the 2015 IIHF World U18 Championship.

SABRES SIGN NELSON TO TWO-YEAR DEAL

BUFFALO, N.Y. (May 2, 2018) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed defenseman Casey Nelson to a two-year contract with an average annual value of $812,500.

Nelson (6’1”, 185 lbs., 7/18/1992) appeared in a career-high 37 games with the Sabres during his third NHL season in 2017-18. He recorded eight points (3+5) and eight penalty minutes while averaging 18:47 of ice time per game.

Through three seasons with the Sabres, Nelson has totaled 12 points (3+9) and 20 penalty minutes in 55 games. The Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin native has added 32 points (9+23) in 98 AHL games with the Rochester Americans.