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.
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.
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.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 5, 2017) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has hired Davis Payne to serve as the club’s associate coach.
Payne joins the Sabres after spending the last five seasons as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Kings. Prior to his time in Los Angeles, Payne spent parts of three seasons as head coach of the St. Louis Blues, who posted a 67-55-15 record during his tenure.
The Kamloops, British Colombia native joined the Blues’ organization in 2007 as an assistant coach for the Peoria Rivermen (AHL). He was named head coach of Peoria before the 2008-09 season, a post he held until becoming the Blues’ head coach during the 2009-10 campaign.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 1, 2017) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forward Jacob Josefson to a one-year contract worth $700,000.
Josefson (6’0”, 190 lbs., 3/2/1991) recorded 10 points (1+9) and 16 penalty minutes for the New Jersey Devils during the 2016-17 season. A seven-year NHL veteran, Josefson has totaled 60 points (18+42) and 78 penalty minutes in 276 career games, all with the Devils.
Drafted by New Jersey in the first round (20th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft, Josefson has added 40 points (15+25) in 60 career AHL games for the Albany Devils. Before turning pro, the Stockholm, Sweden native represented his country at two IIHF World Junior Championships, winning a silver medal in 2009 and bronze in 2010.