NBCSN’s coverage of the the 2018 Kraft Hockeyville USA game in Clinton, N.Y. between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Buffalo Sabres begins at 7 p.m. ET. You can watch the game online by clicking here.
Jeff Skinner – Jack Eichel – Sam Reinhart
Alex Nylander – Patrik Berglund – Andrew Oglevie
C.J. Smith – Casey Mittelstadt – Kyle Okposo
Justin Bailey – Evan Rodrigues – Danny O’Regan
Jake McCabe – Zach Bogosian
Rasmus Dahlin – Casey Nelson
Brendan Guhle – William Borgen
Goalies: Scott Wedgewood, Jonas Johansson
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Anthony Duclair – Alexander Wennberg – Kevin Stenlund
Artemi Panarin – Liam Foudy – Jonathan Davidsson
Boone Jenner – Brandon Dubinsky – Josh Anderson
Lukas Sedlak – Sam Vigneault – Eric Robinson
Michael Prapavessis – Seth Jones
Gabriel Carlsson – Adam Clendening
Dean Kukan – David Savard
Goalies: Joonas Korpisalo, J.F. Berube
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First, the Sabres lost Jack Eichel to an ankle injury.
Then, Evander Kane to cracked ribs.
Now, it’s Zach Bogosian that’s joined the walking wounded.
On Thursday, Buffalo head coach Dan Bylsma revealed Bogosian suffered an MCL sprain, an ailment that would keep him out of the lineup for “weeks,” per the Times Herald.
The loss is going to sting, no doubt.
In his second full season (third overall) with the Sabres, Bogosian was looking to build upon a solid ’15-16 campaign, one in which he scored seven goals and 24 points in 64 games, while averaging over 22 minutes a night.
The former third overall pick had struggled a bit this season — pointless through nine games — and his TOI had dropped to just below 19 minutes. But he was still a vital contributor on the Sabres’ back end.
Moving forward, the Sabres will work with a d-man group comprised of Rasmus Ristolainen, Cody Franson, Josh Gorges, Dmitry Kulikov, Jake McCabe and Casey Nelson. There haven’t been any recalls from the American League — yet.
The Buffalo Sabres might be bummed that “big fish” Steven Stamkos is sticking with the Tampa Bay Lightning, but that didn’t stop them from working on Wednesday.
They signed defenseman Casey Nelson to a two-year extension, keeping the blueliner from becoming an RFA.
Buffalo didn’t provide official terms for the contract, but it should be worth $650K per season, according to the Buffalo News’ John Vogl. That makes it worth $1.3 million overall.
Nelson generated four assists in seven games with the Sabres in 2015-16 after wrapping up his NCAA career with Minnesota State Mankato.
The Sabres are being proactive when it comes to building up their defense before free agency even begins, as they also made a move to bring in Dmitry Kulikov.