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Post-Game Report: 1/23 vs. CAR

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Total SOG
1 1 3 5 33
1 1 1 3 29

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • Phil Varone made his NHL debut and picked up his first NHL point with an assist on the Sabres’ second goal.
  • Tyler Ennis scored a goal, extending his point streak to a career-best six games (3+4).
  • With his goal, Cody Hodgson has now tallied points (3+3) in five of six games since returning from an upper-body injury that sidelined him for eight games.
  • With one assist tonight, Steve Ott has now recorded seven points (1+6) in his last eight games.
  • Drew Stafford picked up an assist, increasing his total to five points (3+2) in the last three games.

Post-Game Audio

Sabres interim head coach Ted Nolan

Sabres forward Phil Varone

Sabres forward Steve Ott

Sabres forward Tyler Ennis

Sabres forward Brian Flynn

Hurricanes head coach Kirk Muller

Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner

Hurricanes defenseman Andrej Sekera

Hurricanes goaltender Anton Khudobin


Andrej Sekera traded to Carolina for McBain and a second-round pick

BUFFALO, N.Y. (June 30, 2013) — The Buffalo Sabres selected a league-high 11 prospects, including seven forwards, three defensemen and a goaltender, at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, which was held Sunday at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. Buffalo also traded defenseman Andrej Sekera to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for defenseman Jamie McBain and a second-round pick (35th overall) in this year’s draft. With the additional pick acquired from Carolina, the Sabres selected five players – two in the first round and three in the second round – in the first two rounds, the most of any team in the NHL.

McBain (6’2”, 200 lbs., 2/25/88) comes to Buffalo after playing with Carolina for four seasons, appearing in 206 games and recording 75 points (19+56) and 48 penalty minutes. The Edina, Minn. native was originally drafted by the Hurricanes in the second round (63rd overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

With their two picks in the first round of the draft, the Sabres selected two defensemen, Rasmus Ristolainen and Nikita Zadorov. Ristolainen (6’4″, 207 lbs., 10/27/94) was selected with the eighth overall pick, the team’s highest first-round selection since 2003. In 2012-13, Ristolainen played for TPS in his native Finland, recording 15 points (3+12) and 32 penalty minutes in 52 games played. He was also a member of Team Finland at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Zadorov (6’5”, 221 lbs., 4/15/95), selected with the 16th overall pick, played with the OHL-champion London Knights in 2012-13. The Moscow, Russia native played in 63 games for the Knights, tallying 25 points (6+19) and 54 penalty minutes, and led all rookies with a plus-33 rating.

In the second round, Buffalo used its three picks to select three forwards. At the 35th overall spot, the Sabres chose left wing J.T. Compher from the U-18 U.S. National Team Development Program of the USHL. Compher (5’10”, 184 lbs., 4/8/95) played in 49 games as captain of the U-18 USNTDP team in 2012-13, notching 42 points (15+27), including a team-leading 27 assists. Compher will play at the University of Michigan this fall.

Three picks later, at the 38th overall spot, the Sabres selected center Connor Hurley, from Edina (Minn.) High School. Hurley (6’1”, 174 lbs., 9/15/95), an Eagan, Minn. native, also played in 20 games in the USHL last season, with the U-18 USNTDP and the Muskegon Lumberjacks, tallying 11 total points (2+9). He registered 43 points (15+28) in 25 games with Edina, leading the team in assists and points on the way to a state championship.

The Sabres’ third selection in the second round of the draft, at 52nd overall, was Buffalo native Justin Bailey. Bailey (6’3”, 186 lbs., 7/1/95), who plays right wing, spent the 2012-13 season with the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL. With the Rangers, Bailey played in 57 games and tallied 36 points (17+19), finishing second among OHL rookies – behind only Zadorov – with a plus-22 rating.

Buffalo selected another OHL forward with their lone third-round selection, choosing Sudbury Wolves right wing Nicholas Baptiste at 69th overall. In his second season for Sudbury, Baptiste (6’0, 189 lbs., 8/4/95) tallied 48 regular-season points (21+27) in 2012-13 and tied for the team lead with three goals and a plus-1 rating in nine playoff games.

The Sabres used the first of their three fifth-round picks to select goaltender Cal Petersen of the Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL) at 129th overall. Petersen (6’2”, 183 lbs., 10/19/94) backstopped the Black Hawks to a 21-11 record in 35 games, recording a 2.97 goals against average and a .906 save percentage, and earning a spot on the USHL All-Rookie Team.

With the very next pick in the draft, the Sabres selected Swedish forward Gustav Possler 130th overall. Possler (6’0”, 183 lbs., 11/11/94) recorded 40 points (19+21) in 36 regular-season games for MODO Jr. in 2012-13, including a team-leading 19 goals. He added a team-high eight points (4+4) in seven playoff games.

Buffalo picked up its third defenseman of the draft 143rd overall, selecting Anthony Florentino of South Kent (Conn.) School. Florentino (6’1”, 227 lbs., 1/30/95) notched 53 points (21+32) in 62 for South Kent in 2012-13 and will attend Providence College this fall.

The Sabres selected another Buffalo native in the sixth round, choosing center Sean Malone at 159th overall. Malone (5’11”, 183 lbs., 4/30/95) registered 27 points in (13+14) in 44 USHL games for the U-18 USNTDP team in 2012-13.

Buffalo rounded out the draft by selecting center Eric Locke in the seventh round (189th overall). Locke (5’10”, 184 lbs., 11/21/93) recorded 97 points (44+53) in 68 games for the Saginaw Spirit in his third OHL season in 2012-13, ranking third among all OHL players in points and tying for fourth in goals.

Buffalo Sabres 2013 Draft Class:

Round (Overall) – Player (Position) / Amateur team

1 (8) – Rasmus Ristolainen (D) / TPS, SM-liiga (Finland)
1 (16) – Nikita Zadorov (D) / London, OHL
2 (35) – J.T. Compher (LW) / USA U-18, USHL
2 (38) – Connor Hurley (C) / Edina, Minn. H.S.
2 (52) – Justin Bailey (RW) / Kitchener, OHL
3 (69) – Nicholas Baptiste (RW) / Sudbury, OHL
5 (129) – Calvin Petersen (G) / Waterloo, USHL
5 (130) – Gustav Possler (RW) / MODO Jr., Sweden Jr.
5 (143) – Anthony Florentino (D) / South Kent, Conn. H.S.
6 (159) – Sean Malone (C) / USA U-18, USHL
7 (189) – Eric Locke (C) / Saginaw, OHL

Post-Game Report: 3/31 vs. BOS

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Total SOG
Bruins (22-8-4) 0 0 2 2 31
Sabres (13-17-6) 0 0 0 0 26

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • With tonight’s start, Ryan Miller tied Dominik Hasek’s  franchise record 491 games played for the Sabres.
  • Ville Leino missed tonight’s game with an upper-body injury.
  • The Sabres suffered their first shutout loss since Feb. 23 vs. NYI.
  • With the loss, Ryan Miller fell to 24-8-7 in 39 career games against the Bruins, with a .919 save percentage and a 2.53 goals against average.
  • Steve Ott went 14-for-23 at the faceoff circle tonight (61%), improving his season faceoff percentage to 56.2 percent, which will rank him in the top 10 in the NHL after tonight’s games.

Top Quotes

Buffalo forward Jason Pominville:

 On the Sabres’ struggles this season: “We had some great opportunities early on in the game. (We) weren’t able to put them away. Again, I think tonight is a perfect example of why we are where we are in the standings and why they are where they are in the standings. They find ways to win those games, and we’ve been finding ways to lose them. We were the team to blink first, and it cost us the game.”

On the power play: “We obviously did some better things on the power play. (We) moved it around pretty good, had some great looks on one of them, got some tips. I think (Steve Ott) got a good tip. We got shots, were good on retrievals, stuff like that. I think we were able to generate more than we have, but it’s just frustrating when you don’t put them away.”

On Ryan Miller’s play: “He played really well. He obviously made some big saves early on; he kept us in there. I mean, he gave us the type of game that you would expect out of him, and it’s just unfortunate that we weren’t able to put one away.”

Buffalo defenseman Andrej Sekera

On his positioning on David Krejci’s goal: “I tried to block the shot that was coming behind Krejci, but then I couldn’t get a body position on him very good, so it comes down to that.”

On whether he saw Horton when he scored the Bruins’ second goal: “I did not see him coming to be honest. I was focusing on the guy they dropped the pass to and I was yelling just ‘take it to the guy high,’ and as soon as I stopped talking the pass came right through my feet and it was in.”

On the team’s awareness in the defensive zone: “I think the guys played hard, and it comes down to me. I have to win my battles; I have to be better in those situations. I think the guys played pretty well. It was 0-0 so I guess we were doing a good job and I had two tough shifts and it was 2-0 for them.

Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller:

On whether the Sabres got fatigued in the third period: “A little bit. We had our chances early on and we didn’t capitalize. Their guy made some good saves and battled hard for them when they needed it.”

On the Sabres’ defensive coverage in front of the net: “It was like that most of the night. I think their whole idea is just to get pucks and traffic to the net, and our guys played pretty good attention to boxing out and rushing the shooters, so that’s the kind of game it can turn into for us. Unfortunately we just didn’t jump out to that lead, and they got a couple good bounces there and whacked the rebound in.”

On the Sabres’ overall play against Boston: “I thought we played pretty good, I thought we played the game we needed to play, we just didn’t bury. Not for lack of trying, I thought the guys made some good plays, and we were right there. Like I said, their guy made some big saves and it was a battle and it was a good hockey game.”

Boston goaltender Anton Khudobin:

On his pad save on Cody Hodgson’s wrap-around attempt: “Oh yeah, that was interesting save. It fell under my leg and I didn’t know where it [went]. I just swung my leg back. I didn’t know actually where it was, it was under my thigh.”

On keeping the team in the game: “Well it sometimes happens. We have great offensive players and we just know sometimes we can score five or six goals, sometimes just one or two. It happens.”

Boston forward David Krejci: 

On not being able to score during the first two periods: “I feel like we struggled a bit, but we had a pretty solid third, you know?”

On Khudobin’s play: “He was great. He made a great stop on Ennis there.”

On the overall play of the team: “I think we had a solid game. We didn’t get many good scoring chances in the first two periods. Too bad we couldn’t score but we stepped it up and we gotta keep it going.”

On finally being able to score: “Yeah, the goalies are great. We’ve been losing lots of games to them. Tonight it was a pretty good game so we can obviously start something good here.”

On getting the win: “Yeah, two points are huge. We played well defensively, and the goalie kept us in the game a couple times so it was good for us. We’ll take it and like I said move on and get ready for the next game.”