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A BUSY TIME – Dylan Cozens on Draft night, June 21, in Vancouver, after pulling on a Buffalo Sabres sweater.

Sabres release 2019-20 regular season schedule

It has been almost two weeks since Dylan Cozens became the highest drafted Yukon player ever, at seventh overall, to the Buffalo Sabres.

By John Tonin on July 4, 2019

It has been almost two weeks since Dylan Cozens became the highest drafted Yukon player ever, at seventh overall, to the Buffalo Sabres.

With the draft now in the rearview mirror and the July 1 opening of the free agency period, we at the Star thought it would be fun to take a look at the Buffalo Sabres’ regular season schedule, which was released on June 25.

Cozens said at the NHL Draft combine that he believes his skating is NHL-ready. On draft night, he noted that he felt he needed to get stronger to be elite at the next level, but, if the Sabres wanted him up, he would be ready.

Here’s hoping he makes it.

Dates to circle on the calendar:

The Sabres will open their regular season on Oct. 3 when they travel to Pittsburg to take on Sydney Crosby and the Penguins.

Their first home game is Oct. 5, when they will face off against the New Jersey Devils, setting up a potential match-up with first overall pick Jack Hughes.

The first Canadian team the Sabres play is the Montreal Canadiens ( Oct. 9).

On Nov. 17, the Sabres will take on the Chicago Blackhawks, who picked third overall in the 2019 Draft and are the team Cozens cheered for growing up.

The Sabres will host the Calgary Flames on Nov. 27 before a home-and-home series against their rival across Lake Ontario, the Toronto Maple Leafs, on the weekend.

In the first week of December, after playing their second game against the Devils, the Sabres will play three games against the westernmost Canadian teams.

First, they will play in Calgary on Dec. 5 before travelling to Vancouver on Saturday and ending their road trip against Edmonton on Dec. 8.

Buffalo will also kick off 2020 – marking the Sabres’ 50th birthday – against the Oilers when they host them on Jan. 2.

The Sabres will have a date with the Stanley Cup champions on Jan. 9 when they travel to St. Louis to face the Blues.

On Feb. 23, Buffalo will have played all seven of the Canadian teams when they host the Winnipeg Jets.

The regular season ends April 4 with a match-up against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Keep those dates in mind, folks, and if a team you’re interested in wasn’t mentioned above, tweet @WhseStarSports and we will figure it out for you.

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