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  1. Bills' Tremaine Edmunds, Matt Milano Bring Swagger to Transform Defense The Buffalo Bills are entering the second year of the Sean McDermott era. After snapping an 18-year long postseason drought in his first season as Buffalo’s head coach, the Bills are looking to take another step forward in the 2018 NFL season. Despite the teams unexpected success, general manager Brandon Beane remained aggressive throughout the offseason. He bolstered the defensive line, a unit that was a huge weakness of the 2017 squad, signing defensive tackle Star Lotulelei and edge rusher Trent Murphy during free agency before trading up to select Tremaine Edmunds with the No. 16 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft. Just 19-years old on draft day, Edmunds was a star for Virginia Tech and will likely become the youngest in NFL history when he takes the field in Week 1. Edmunds has star potential and he’ll be playing alongside Matt Milano, who surprised everyone with an impressive rookie campaign despite being a fifth-round draft choice. Buffalo clawed their way into the postseason largely due to the stellar play by by the team’s secondary. The opportunistic unit helped the defense intercept 17 passes and force 25 turnovers in 2017. General manager Brandon Beane and Head Coach Sean McDermott clearly knew they couldn’t rely simply on big plays to keep games close in 2018. Despite an inconsistent, and sometimes stagnant offense, Buffalo’s front seven was terrible against the run. In coverage, teams took advantage of Buffalo’s linebackers, who lacked the athletic ability to be counted on in pass coverage. Here at Cover 1, we broke down the defensive line overhaul, highlighting the players they added and how the defense would benefit from players like Lotulelei and Trent Murphy. Both are quality players that probably don’t get the recognition they deserve because their roles put them in a position to facilitate plays, rather than make them. However, It’s Tremaine Edmunds and Matt Milano that should reap the benefits of those additions.
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    Sabres & NHL 2018-19 - Entry Draft on June 22/23

    2018 NHL Draft Grades Buffalo Sabres: A First-rounder: Rasmus Dahlin is viewed in similar context as Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews as a generational talent, particularly on the blue line. In terms of hockey sense, skating and puck-handling abilities, Dahlin grades out as an exceptional player. He already does a lot at an NHL level at just 17 years old. Projected easily as a No. 1 defenseman, Dahlin should make an immediate impact next season possibly as a top-pairing defenseman. Buffalo has a bit of a shallow defensive group, so it will be difficult to insulate him or ease him into things without making an additional move or two, but he's a smart enough player to be able to adapt. Draft assessment: When you get the best defenseman in at least a decade to enter the draft, it's hard not to like how your draft went. It's another touchstone moment for the franchise. The Sabres followed that up by taking Mattias Samuelsson, who I think has a very short NHL timeline based on his physical strength and hockey sense. For not having a ton of picks, Buffalo is a lot better of an organization today than it was yesterday.
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    Sabres & NHL 2018-19 - Entry Draft on June 22/23

    Samuelsson is American and the 4rd round pick was traded to MIN last season with the BUF getting a 4th in return as part of the Foligno, Ennis, Scandella deal.
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    Sabres & NHL 2018-19 - Entry Draft on June 22/23

    Final pick at $187 is guess what.....A Swedish defenseman. WORGE KREU, WILLIAM | 2016 NHL Draft Prospects
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    Sabres & NHL 2018-19 - Entry Draft on June 22/23

    Gonna need an explanation for this.
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    Sabres & NHL 2018-19 - Entry Draft on June 22/23

    Flames and Hurricanes with a big trade.
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    Sabres & NHL 2018-19 - Entry Draft on June 22/23

    Not one and IIRC they didn't in the 2017 draft.
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    Sabres & NHL 2018-19 - Entry Draft on June 22/23

    Sabres go D again in the 5th: KUKKONEN, MISKA | 2016 NHL Draft Prospects
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    Sabres & NHL 2018-19 - Entry Draft on June 22/23

    Sabres' Pick at #117 in the 4th is: LINDSTRAND KRONHOLM, LINUS | 2016 NHL Draft Prospects
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    Sabres & NHL 2018-19 - Entry Draft on June 22/23

    PEKAR, MATEJ | 2016 NHL Draft Prospects • PEKAR WAS NAMED USHL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AND TO THE USHL ALL-ROOKIE TEAM AFTER TYING FOR THE LEAGUE LEAD AMONG FIRST-YEAR SKATERS WITH 14-40—54 IN 56 GAMES WITH THE MUSKEGON LUMBERJACKS IN 2017-18. • INTERNATIONALLY, PEKAR CLAIMED A SILVER MEDAL WITH THE CZECH REPUBLIC AT THE 2017 IVAN HLINKA MEMORIAL AND 2018 UNDER-18 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP. • HAS COMMITTED TO MIAMI UNIVERSITY (OHIO) FOR THE 2018-19 SEASON. • MODELS HIS STYLE OF PLAY AFTER LIGHTNING FORWARD ONDREJ PALAT.
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