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Sabres' Aaron Huglen: To undergo disc surgery
Huglen, who's been dealing with significant problems due to a bulging disc in his back, will undergo microdiscectomy surgery this week, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
While no fun, bulging discs often heal without surgery, but in Huglen's case he'll require the surgical removal of abnormal material that places pressure on a nerve root or the spinal cord. This is actually good news for the Sabres' fourth-round pick from the 2019 Draft, as he finally will have a plan for a return to action. Huglen has indicated he'd like to return to action for Fargo of the USHL this season, though he also has the option to play for the University of Minnesota if he so chooses.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Sam Reinhart: Returns to 50-point plateau
Reinhart recorded 22 goals and 28 assists in 69 games prior to the mid-March pause of play.
Despite an ugly minus-15 rating, Reinhart has returned to the 50-point plateau for the third straight season after amassing 65 last year and 50 in 2017-18. The 2014 second-overall pick routinely skates on the Sabres' top line with star Jack Eichel and former 40-goal scorer Jeff Skinner, which is an assignment that should continue to produce results for Reinhart and his owners.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Jeff Skinner: Struggles to find twine
Skinner managed just 14 goals in 59 games prior to the league suspending play in mid-March.
Just a season removed from his impressive career-best 40-goal showing, Skinner has struggled mightily to light the lamp in his 10th year in the league. His 7.7 shooting percentage, nine assists and 23 total points are all personal worsts. Somewhat shocking is the fact that Skinner hasn't found twine at all on the power play this year, where he's received ample time (2:29 per game, on average). Also, it's worth mentioning that the 27-year-old missed 10 games from Dec. 29 to Jan. 18 with an upper-body injury and only managed three goals and a lone assist in the 20 games since, so perhaps he hasn't been fully healthy. Regardless, until Skinner shows he's regained his scoring touch, owners should try to forget about the 40 goals he piled up last year.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Rasmus Dahlin: Fares well as sophomore
Dahlin scored four goals and amassed an impressive 36 assists in 59 games prior to the suspension of play in mid-March.
The 2018 first-overall pick has had an impressive age-19 season, as he paces Buffalo's blueliners in points. Dahlin's 36 helpers are also second among Sabres behind only star forward Jack Eichel, and the minus-7 rating isn't really all that bad for a teenage rearguard on a team with a minus-22 goal differential. Owners would probably like to see Dahlin shoot the puck more (90 SOG), but he's more of puck mover anyway, so there's not much to complain about here given his age and production.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Dylan Cozens: Top prospect keeps growing his game
Cozens concluded the 2019-20 WHL season with 85 points in 51 games for Lethbridge. He was also one of three forwards named to the WHL Eastern Conference First All-Star Team.
The Sabres' No. 7 overall selection in 2019 made another stride in his development this year, scoring at the best pace of his junior career (1.67 points per game) while contributing nine points in seven contests for gold medal-winning Team Canada at the IIHF World Junior Championships. Had both the WHL and NHL not suspended play in mid-March, it's conceivable that the 19-year-old could have gotten his first taste of NHL action for a couple games with Buffalo well out of playoff contention. Although there's a way that could still happen, Cozens will more likely set his sights toward Sabres camp next fall and look to crack the big club's roster, though the team could elect to send him back to Lethbridge since he has a year (or two, technically) of junior eligibility remaining.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Victor Olofsson: Strong rookie campaign
Olofsson has 42 points in 54 games played so far this season.
A lower-body injury has limited Olofsson to 54 contests, but he has still produced 42 points. That would put him on pace for 64 points in a full season. He has found success on the man advantage, which is where he's produced 11 of his 20 goals. He has been one of the brighter spots on a struggling Sabres club.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Mattias Samuelsson: Secures entry-level deal
Samuelsson inked a three-year, entry-level contract with Buffalo on Wednesday.
In two seasons at Western Michigan University, Samuelsson notched seven goals and 19 helpers in 65 collegiate games. The 20-year-old blueliner probably won't open the 2020-21 campaign on the Sabres' roster and figures to need a year or two developing in the minors before getting a look in the NHL.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Dawson DiPietro: Inks one-year deal with Sabres
The Sabres signed DiPietro to a one-year, entry-level deal on Monday.
DiPietro recently finished up his collegiate career with Western Michigan, where he racked up 34 goals and 87 points in 104 games over the last three seasons. Sabres GM Jason Botterill raved about the 24-year-old's "high-energy, up-tempo" playing style. He'll have a shot to compete for a roster spot in training camp next season.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Jack Eichel: Logging best season yet
Eichel has racked up 36 goals and 78 points in 68 games this campaign.
Eichel has already set a new career high in goals, game-winning goals (9) and power-play points (27) this year, and if the NHL ultimately resumes regular-season play, he won't have any trouble eclipsing the personal best in points (82) he set in 2018-19, too. At just 23 years old, Eichel's best years are still ahead of him.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Brandon Biro: Gets entry-level deal from Buffalo
Biro signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Sabres on Wednesday, Jourdon LaBarber of the Sabres' official site reports.
Biro will begin his professional career after recently wrapping up his senior season at Penn State. Over 25 games with the Nittany Lions, the 22-year-old forward tallied 10 goals and 15 assists.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Rasmus Dahlin: In on both Buffalo goals
Dahlin registered a pair of assists and had one shot with one block in Monday's 3-2 shootout win over Washington.
Dahlin drew the secondary assist on Victor Olofsson's first-period goal, then teed up a perfect feed for Jack Eichel on his power-play tally in the middle frame. The 19-year-old Dahlin has followed up a spectacular rookie campaign with very similar production in 2019-20, posting four goals and 40 points in 59 games.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Victor Olofsson: Lands on 20-goal mark
Olofsson scored a goal on three shots Monday in a 3-2 shootout win over the Capitals.
Olofsson ripped a one-timer from the right faceoff circle just under five minutes into the game to stake Buffalo to a 1-0 lead. It was the 20th goal of the season for the rookie, who hadn't found the net in his previous eight games. A seventh-round pick by Buffalo in 2014, Olofsson has provided 42 points in 54 games in 2019-20 and owns a 15.7 shooting percentage.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Jack Eichel: Ends goal-scoring skid
Eichel scored a power-play goal on four shots and went 12-for-22 (54.5 percent) on faceoffs in Monday's 3-2 shootout win over Washington.
Eichel got all of a one-timer from the left faceoff circle to give the Sabres a 2-0 lead less than a minute into the second period. It was his 36th goal of the season, extending his career high, but his first point in the last seven games. Despite the brief scoring slump, Eichel's 78 points in 68 games have him on track to surpass the 82 he racked up a year ago.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Linus Ullmark: Stands tall in shootout victory
Ullmark made 33 saves in a 3-2 shootout win over Washington on Monday.
Ullmark was working on a shutout through 40 minutes until goals by Washington's Alex Ovechkin and Dmitry Orlov in the game's final 17 minutes forced overtime. The Sabres bounced back to win in the shootout, delivering Ullmark -- out since late January with a leg injury -- his first victory since Jan. 16. He improved to 17-14-3 with a 2.69 GAA and .915 save percentage.... See More ... See Less