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DALLAS (June 23, 2018) — The Buffalo Sabres selected five players on the second day of the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center in Dallas. These five selections join Buffalo’s first-round pick, defenseman Rasmus Dahlin, to complete the team’s 2018 draft class, which includes one forward and five defensemen.

Buffalo began the day by selecting defenseman Mattias Samuelsson (6’4”, 218 lbs., 3/14/2000) with the first pick of the second round, No. 32 overall. Samuelsson spent the 2017-18 season with the USA Hockey NTDP, where he finished second among the team’s defensemen with 31 points (11+20) in 58 games. He also served as Team USA’s captain during the 2018 IIHF World U18 Championship, helping to lead his team to a silver medal en route to being named one of the top three players on his team.

The Philadelphia native was ranked as the No. 21 North American skater according to NHL Central Scouting. He is the son of Kjell Samuelsson, who played parts of 14 seasons in the NHL and won a Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1992.

With their first of two fourth-round picks, the Sabres selected Matej Pekar (6’0”, 170 lbs., 2/10/2000) at 94th overall. Pekar was named USHL Rookie of the Year in 2017-18 after he tied for the rookie league lead with 54 points (14+40) in 56 games for the Muskegon Lumberjacks. His 40 assists led his team and ranked fourth among all USHL players. A native of Turnov, Czech Republic, Pekar also represented his country twice last season, helping the Czechs finish second at both the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and the 2018 IIHF World U18 Championship.

Buffalo’s second fourth-round pick, No. 117 overall, was spent on defenseman Linus Lindstrand Cronholm (6’1”, 172 lbs., 7/3/2000). Cronholm spent most of last season playing for Malmo’s U20 team in Sweden’s SuperElit League, where he posted six assists in 37 games. He also appeared in 18 games for Malmo’s U18 team and recorded 16 points (6+10) and a plus-8 rating.

The Sabres continued to add to their blue line with the first pick of the fifth round, taking Miska Kukkonen (6’0”, 198 lbs., 6/19/2000) with the 125th overall selection. Kukkonen, a native of Jokioinen, Finland, has recorded 12 points (3+9) and a plus-6 rating in 36 games for Ilves of Finland’s junior league during the last two seasons.

In the seventh round, Buffalo took defenseman William Worge Kreu (6’6”, 172 lbs., 5/15/2000) with the 187th overall selection. Kreu spent most of his 2017-18 campaign playing for Linkoping’s U20 team in Sweden’s SuperElit League, where he recorded 14 points (3+11) and a plus-6 rating in 38 games. He also scored two goals in nine games for Linkoping’s U18 squad and made his SHL debut, playing one game for Linkoping’s senior team.

In addition to Buffalo’s selections, the team also acquired a sixth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Buffalo’s sixth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.


BUFFALO, N.Y. (November 13, 2017) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has assigned forward Justin Bailey to the Rochester Americans (AHL).

In-Game Notes: 10/10 vs. CBJ


  • The Sabres haven’t lost to the Blue Jackets at home since Nov. 14, 2008.
  • Jhonas Enroth has started the Sabres’ last three games against the Blue Jackets, going 2-1-0. Ryan Miller’s last start against Columbus was a 19-save shutout on Dec. 3, 2010.
  • October is the Sabres’ second best month since 2005-06; they have a 38-23-7 October record (.610) in that span, including a 0-3-1 record so far this season.

After 1st period: CBJ 3 – BUF 1

  • With his 252nd career goal, Thomas Vanek has tied Craig Ramsay for fifth-most goals in Sabres history. Vanek now trails Danny Gare by 15 goals for fourth-most.
  • Steve Ott’s assist on the goal gives him 15 points (8+7) in 29 games against the Blue Jackets, bringing him even with Christian Ehrhoff (7+8) for most among Sabres skaters.
  • With his assist, Cody Hodgson has points in three consecutive games (1+3). Hodgson’s last three-game point streak was from Feb. 15, 2013 vs. BOS to Feb. 19, 2013 vs. WPG (2+1). He recorded a career-best four-game point streak from Dec. 19, 2011 vs. MIN to Dec. 26, 2011 vs. EDM (1+3) as a member of the Vancouver Canucks.
  • Ehrhoff and Tyler Myers tied to lead all Sabres with a TOI of 7:45 in the first period. Ehrhoff has led the Sabres in ice time in each of the team’s first four games.

In-Game Notes: 10/8 vs. TBL


  • Tonight’s game is the first ever Atlantic Division matchup between the Sabres and the Lightning.
  • Buffalo’s franchise record of 49-23-5 (.669) against Tampa Bay is the team’s best all-time record against any opponent with at least 30 games played in the series. The team’s record against San Jose (18-10-1, .707) is the only better all-time record with any number of games played.
  • In the last eight seasons, the Sabres have scored seven or more goals in a single game against the Lightning six times. Buffalo has compiled a record of 22-9-0 (.710) against Tampa Bay in these seasons.

After 1st period: TBL 0 – BUF 0

  • After killing off a first-period penalty, the Sabres are 9-for-9 on the penalty kill this season.
  • With 10 saves in the first period, Jhonas Enroth has stopped 41 of 44 shots this season, logging a .932 save percentage and a 2.25 goals against average.
  • Entering tonight, Enroth had a 2-0-0 career record in two games against the Lightning, with a 1.50 goals against average and a .948 save percentage.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen led all skaters on either team with a TOI of 7:48 in the first period.

After 2nd period: TBL 1 – BUF 2

  • With a goal and an assist tonight, Cody Hodgson now has seven points (2+5) in six career games against the Lightning.
  • Thomas Vanek’s assists give him 38 points (23+15) in 32 career games against Tampa Bay.
  • With his assist on Hodgson’s goal, Jamie McBain recorded the first point of his Sabres career.
  • Vanek and Hodgson each have three points (1+2) in the last two games.
  • McBain’s goal was his first since Jan. 28, 2013 vs. BOS and his first power play goal since March 24, 2012 at DET.
  • McBain has two power play points for the first time in his career. His last multi-point game was on Feb. 13, 2012 at MTL.
  • The Sabres scored two power play goals in a period for the first time since a 4-2 victory on Dec. 26, 2011 vs. WSH (1st period, Pominville and McNabb).

Final: TBL 3 – BUF 2 (OT)

  • Christian Ehrhoff led all skaters on either team with a TOI of 26:43. His average of 25:34 this season is good for 13th in the league as of the end of tonight’s game.
  • Thomas Vanek has three points (1+2) in four games to start the season. Vanek has never recorded fewer than seven points in the first 10 games of a season and has 93 total points (46+47) in his 84 career games that fall in those first 10.
  • Buffalo falls to 94-94 all-time in games decided in overtime.

In-Game Notes: 10/4 vs. OTT

*The Sabres are opening their home schedule against the Senators for the first time in franchise history.

*Buffalo is 21-15-6 all-time in home-openers.

*The Sabres have points in their last seven home games against the Senators, going 4-0-3 in that span. Their last regulation home loss to the Senators was on Oct. 22, 2010.

*October is the Sabres’ second best month since 2005-06; they have a 38-21-6 October record (.631) in that span, including a 0-1-0 record so far this season.

After 1st period: OTT 0 – BUF 0
*The teams combined for 39 shots in the first period, two shy of the franchise record (41, 2/2/75 vs. Kansas City).

*According to Elias Sports Bureau, the 39 shots were the most by any two NHL teams in a scoreless period during the expansion era (1967-present).

*The Senators took 23 shots on goal in the first period, most by a Sabres opponent since they allowed 23 on Jan. 10, 2009 at DET.

*Ottawa’s 23 shots were seven shy of the Sabres’ opponent single-period record (30, 12/10/10 at Boston).

After 2nd period: OTT 0 – BUF 0
*Through five periods, Ryan Miller has stopped 65 of 67 shots, recording a .970 save percentage and a 1.22 goals against average.

*Christian Ehrhoff leads all Sabres skaters with a TOI of 16:46; Erik Karlsson leads all skaters on either team at 19:10.


Final: OTT 1 – BUF 0
*Ryan Miller’s 45 saves tonight tied for second-most in his career and were the most he’s made since he stopped 48 of 50 shots on Jan. 8, 2010 in a 3-2 win vs. Toronto.

*Thomas Vanek’s nine shots tonight tied his career high, set four times before (last: 1/20/13 vs. PHI).

*Christian Ehrhoff led all skaters on either team with a TOI of 27:10.