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BUFFALO, N.Y. (June 24, 2017) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team’s schedule for its annual summer development camp from July 8 to 11. All on-ice sessions will be held at HarborCenter.

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

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.


CHICAGO (June 24, 2017) — The Buffalo Sabres selected five players on the second day of the 2017 NHL Draft at United Center in Chicago. These five selections join Buffalo’s first-round pick, forward Casey Mittelstadt, to complete the team’s 2017 draft class, which includes three forwards, two defensemen and a goaltender.

With the team’s first pick of the second day, the Sabres selected forward Marcus Davidsson (6’0”, 191 lbs., 11/18/1998) in the second round (37th overall). Ranked 12th among draft-eligible European skaters by NHL Central Scouting, the Huddinge, Sweden native recorded nine points (5+4) in 45 games with Djurgardens in Sweden’s top professional league last season. He added 10 points (6+4) in nine games with Djurgardens’ junior team in 2016-17, one year after earning the league’s playoff MVP honors while helping lead the club to a championship.

The Sabres used their other second-round pick (54th overall) to select the second goaltender of the draft. Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (6’4”, 198 lbs., 3/9/1999) finished the season as NHL Central Scouting’s top-ranked European goaltender after backstopping HPK (Finland Jr.) to a championship with the league’s best goals-against average in both the regular season (1.78) and the postseason (2.01).

Buffalo chose defensemen with their next two picks, first going back to the Finnish junior league with the team’s third-round selection (89th overall), defenseman Oskari Laaksonen (6’1”, 165 lbs., 7/2/1999). Laaksonen appeared in his first season in Finland’s top junior league in 2016-17, recording nine points (6+3) and a plus-9 rating in 27 games for Ilves. He added 10 assists in 10 games during his second campaign with the Ilves Jr. B team.

With their fourth-round pick (99th overall), the Sabres chose defenseman Jacob Bryson (5’8”, 178 lbs., 11/18/1997). In his freshman season in 2016-17 at Providence College, Bryson ranked third among all Hockey East rookie defenseman with 20 points and ranked sixth among all NCAA rookie defensemen with 17 assists. Prior to joining the Friars, the London, Ontario native led all Omaha Lancers (USHL) defensemen with 31 points (3+28) in 2015-16, earning USHL All-Rookie First Team honors.

The Sabres rounded out the draft with forward Linus Weissbach (5’8”, 161 lbs., 4/19/1998). Weissbach led the Tri-City Storm (USHL) in goals (19), assists (28) and points (47) in his first North American season in 2016-17, one year after ranking third in Sweden’s top junior league with 31 assists and 48 points as a member of Frölunda. Weissbach has committed to the University of Wisconsin for the 2017-18 season.

Buffalo Sabres 2017 Draft Class:
Round (Overall) – Player (Pos.) / 2016-17 Team
1 (8) – Casey Mittelstadt (C) / Eden Prairie, Minn. H.S.
2 (37) – Marcus Davidsson (C) / Djurgardens, Sweden
2 (54) – Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (G) / HPK, Finland (Jr.)
3 (89) – Oskari Laaksonen (D) / Ilves, Finland (Jr.)
4 (99) – Jacob Bryson (D) / Providence, NCAA – Hockey East
7 (192) – Linus Weissbach (LW) / Tri-City, USHL


Buffalo opens its season at home against Montreal on Oct. 5

BUFFALO, N.Y. (June 22, 2017) — The Buffalo Sabres and the NHL today announced the team’s 2017-18 regular-season schedule. Ticket pricing information for individual home games will be released at a later date.

***Click here to download Buffalo’s full 2017-18 regular-season schedule (PDF)***

The Sabres open their season at home on Thursday, Oct. 5 against the Montreal Canadiens. The longest home stand of the season will take place in March, when the Sabres will play six consecutive home games in a two-week span. The team’s first Western Conference road trip will begin a week after the season opener, on Thursday, Oct. 12 at San Jose, kicking off the first of Buffalo’s two four-game road stretches this season.

Buffalo’s Western Conference road trip in October will include the team’s first ever game against the expansion Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday, Oct. 17. The Golden Knights will visit Buffalo for the first time in the teams’ only other meeting of the season on Saturday, March 10 at KeyBank Center.

The 2017-18 schedule is highlighted by the Sabres’ matchup with the New York Rangers in the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® at Citi Field in New York on Jan. 1, 2018. The game will mark the 10-year anniversary of the league’s inaugural Winter Classic in Buffalo in 2008.

The Sabres will play seven afternoon games at KeyBank Center this season, including five of the team’s seven Saturday home games:

  • Monday, Oct. 9 vs. New Jersey, 3 p.m. (Columbus Day)
  • Saturday, Oct. 28 vs. San Jose, 1 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 20 vs. Dallas, 1 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 17 vs. Los Angeles, 1 p.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 19 vs. Washington, 3 p.m. (Presidents’ Day)
  • Saturday, March 10 vs. Vegas, 1 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 17 vs. Chicago, 1 p.m.

After tying for the league high with 19 back-to-back sets in 2016-17, the Sabres will play 16 back-to-back sets in 2017-18. The team will wrap up the season with seven of its last nine games against Atlantic Division rivals, including each of the last four.


Buffalo to return to Penn State for second consecutive preseason

BUFFALO, N.Y. (June 19, 2017) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team’s 2017 preseason schedule. The team will play six games, including three home games at KeyBank Center. Ticket information and pricing will be announced at a later date.

Among their other three games, the Sabres will play two neutral-site contests, including a game at Pegula Ice Arena at Pennsylvania State University on Tuesday, Sept. 19 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Sabres and Penguins will face off in the second ever game between NHL teams since Pegula Ice Arena opened on Oct. 11, 2013 as home of Penn State’s NCAA Division I men’s and women’s ice hockey teams. The Sabres previously opened their 2016 preseason schedule at Penn State against the Minnesota Wild.

Now in its fourth season since opening, Pegula Ice Arena has posted 57 straight sellouts for the school’s men’s hockey team, which made its first NCAA tournament appearance this season. The 5,782-seat arena, which was funded as part of a $102 million donation by Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula, was planned in 2010 with the amenities required to host professional exhibition games.

Below is the complete 2017 Buffalo Sabres preseason schedule (all times EST):

Date                Matchup                                  Time                Location

Sept. 18           Carolina at Buffalo                 7 p.m.              KeyBank Center

Sept. 19           Pittsburgh at Buffalo              7 p.m.              Pegula Ice Arena (Penn State University)

Sept. 22            Buffalo at Toronto                      7:30 p.m.          Ricoh Coliseum (Toronto, Ontario)

Sept. 23           Toronto at Buffalo                  7 p.m.              KeyBank Center

Sept. 27            Buffalo at Pittsburgh                   7 p.m.               PPG Paints Arena

Sept. 29           NY Islanders at Buffalo          7 p.m.  KeyBank Center


BUFFALO, N.Y. (June 17, 2017) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has acquired defenseman Nathan Beaulieu from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Buffalo’s third-round pick (68th overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft.

Beaulieu (6’2”, 205 lbs., 12/5/1992) appeared in his fifth NHL season with the Canadiens in 2016-17, logging career highs in games played (74), goals (4), assists (24) and points (28). In 225 career NHL regular-season games, Beaulieu has totaled 60 points (7+53) and a plus-19 rating, adding four points in 17 career playoff games.

A first-round pick (17th overall) in the 2011 NHL Draft, Beaulieu was drafted by the Canadiens after four seasons in the QMJHL with the Saint John Sea Dogs that included a Memorial Cup championship in 2011 and QMJHL titles in 2011 and 2012. A native of Strathroy, Ontario he also won a bronze medal while representing Canada at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Following this trade, the Sabres still have seven picks in the 2017 NHL Draft in the following rounds: 1st, 2nd, 2nd (from Minnesota), 3rd (from Washington), 4th, 6th and 7th.