Sabres fill out Bylsma’s staff, hire Lambert away from WHL team

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The Buffalo Sabres have hired Dan Lambert as an assistant coach.

Lambert, 45, will leave his job as head coach of the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets to join Dan Bylsma’s staff, which already included assistants Terry Murray and Dave Barr.

From the press release:

Lambert joins the Sabres after guiding the Kelowna Rockets (WHL) to a 53-13-6 record and a Western Conference title in his first season as head coach in 2014-15. The Rockets followed up their regular-season success by posting a 16-3 record in the WHL Playoffs, winning the Ed Chynoweth Cup and earning a berth in the Memorial Cup, where the team fell to the Oshawa Generals (OHL) in the Final.

Last year in Kelowna, Lambert coached a handful of top NHL prospects, including Leon Draisaitl (Oilers), Nick Merkley (Coyotes), and Madison Bowey (Capitals).

Related: Murray joins Bylsma’s staff in Buffalo, not Hakstol’s in Philly