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Ennis being at the prospects camp is comical IMO. He was all over the place.

I was not that impressed with Kassian on the puck, but he is a big man. I look forward to seeing him in Buffalo, even if it's only on the 3rd line.
It was the same way with Myers last year.

As for Weinrich I think it speaks lengths about his future with the Sabres that he's at the camp when

A) We aren't teamed with Portland anymore

B) If he really was staying in Portland would Phoenix want him coaching Sabres prospects in the offseason?

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Chain - just curious if you can tell if Fienage has any hockey sense? In some clips I've watched of him, he seems like a bit of a loose cannon.

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Chain - just curious if you can tell if Fienage has any hockey sense? In some clips I've watched of him, he seems like a bit of a loose cannon.
Heh. He's got enough. He needs reps and to continue to pick his spots. There wasn't a lot to today's workouts that really point to it one way or another, but certainly in scrimmage situations... something to look for.

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thanks for the good info guys! Unfortunately, being on the wrong side of the country, I can't contribute anything.

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To anyone who'll be there tomorrow, see you guys there. I'll be yet another guy with a laptop heh.

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To anyone who'll be there tomorrow, see you guys there. I'll be yet another guy with a laptop heh.
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Courtesy of the Sabres, http://sabres.nhl.com/v2/ext/pdf/201...p%20Roster.pdf

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It was the same way with Myers last year.
And Stafford the year before that. Buffalo loves to bring an NHL pro in with the kids to show them just how hard they're going to have to work to get up to speed. It's a really smart play, take some of the wind out of their sails, give them something to shoot for, put a standard in mind...brilliant.

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The team actually requires any players on their ELC with under 120 NHL games to attend, I read today on Sabres.com. I did not know that.

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- Biega continues to impress me. He may never make it past the AHL, but the guy has all the tools and is smart about how he plays.
Hey Chain,

What do you think he's missing to make that next step?

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So is the main reason why they choose to host the camp at NU because of the availability of the dorms? Couldn't they host it at the Pepsi Center and have the kids stay at UB? I just wish the kids could get a better look at the city of Buffalo. That ride up the 190 to NU is pretty boring/ugly.

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So is the main reason why they choose to host the camp at NU because of the availability of the dorms? Couldn't they host it at the Pepsi Center and have the kids stay at UB? I just wish the kids could get a better look at the city of Buffalo. That ride up the 190 to NU is pretty boring/ugly.
The Sabres used to practice at Buff State too. Nice facility and available dorms. I'm guessing Niagara to further the market to the north.

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I wonder who put the positions on that list?

Just wondering since they list Ennis at center.

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Notes from Rink 2:


I wanted to see more of the lesser lights and invitees so I ventured over to Rink 2 earlier on after getting the lineups for Rink 1 (I'll post those in a moment). Patrick, Weinrich, Corsi were running the show. Some thoughts:

- Knapp stopped four consecutive shots from Zarbo during one shooting drill where Zarbo did as Corsi instructed -- "stick with him" by staying in the crease area. It was an impressive little flurry for Knapp, including a full Thomas/Hasek-esque turtle roll save to end it.
- Sundher looks even quicker than I remember. He used a burst to go wide on Lepkowski, juking one past Cullen, then had a great inside move with a hard stop to set up another. He was working a bit with Catenacci in the paired drills. Lots of quicks.
- Szydlowski sniped one early and was around the net. The puck sticks to him low.
- Varone worked a bit with his ex-Otter teammate Szyds in a lot of the drills. Competitive.
- Wudrick, big kid, rangy. He used his reach on one play to protect the puck and step wide on Knapp, then roofed a pair (one on each of Cullen and Knapp).
- McCarron did not look out of place. Persistent, good two-three steps to get to speed
- Zarbo was a frustrated by Knapp on the 4-shot sequence, but was doing exactly as Weinrich and Corsi asked.
- Isackson looks improved off of last year and stuck with a couple of wrap-arounds to score on Cullen.
- Lepkowski is a large, large lad. Simple game, but it suits him and he was soaking up direction from Wienrich and Patrick.
- Brennan looks pretty comfortable. He locked up with Boychuk at one point and there was a minor whacking back and forth.
- Catenacci... yes. He's very quick as advertised. He's a player.
- Foligno was Foligno. He was leading into a lot of drills that I saw and directing traffic a bit.
- Beyers looked like he was trying to stretch out a bit later in the drills. Sore groin perhaps?
- Lagace drew some praise from Corsi for following instructions in one shooting drill in particular. And they spelled his name right in the handout and on his jersey.
- Drew MacKenzie stuck around playing 2-on-2 keep away with Weinrich and another staffer I didn't recognize. Brennan was his partner.
- Fienhage looks thicker than last year. Moose is loose.
- Matt MacKenzie was working a bit with Brennan and was just his typical solid self.
- Cullen was getting a lot of pointers from Corsi, including some hollering at one point about holding the post, made some nice stops in tight.
- Pysyk took time/space away with his stick repeatedly. His smarts are just exceptional and he's looking like he's filled out a bit. I don't think the 174 on the handout is the weigh-in from yesterday.

Most impressive forward for me was Sundher, defenseman was probably Pysyk with a nod to Brennan.
You have to love Foligno stepping up and being a leader, which is apparently something inherited and natural for him. I LOVE THAT ****.

Pysyk is more than just your offensive specialist, and I CAN'T WAIT to see him develop his game. Glad that he stood out to you.

This information is priceless and invaluable. Thank you x4298, man.

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I spent less time on Rink 1 and was gabbing with Mac a bit too...

- Ennis-Adam-Kassian uber alles as to be expected. Ennis in particular was picking apart any openings but Kass was right there with him (on roof-daddy backhander in tight was just amazing).
- Ruff had them do pushups after one drill because they didn't cover well. He was joking around in his demo and whacked Adam on top of the head with his stick, then on the shoulder, telling Kassian if you do that, or open up and grab a shoulder, it's a whistle and two-minutes in the sin bin. And Ennis did short-leg the pushups while Kass was doing mid-body ones that I find particularly hard so I was impressed.
- Henley still intrigues with all that size/reach.
- Didn't see much of Schiestel, wanted to watch him for how he looks post-knee injury.
- Houser had a tremendous save just as I headed back to Rink 2.
- Jokinen has filled out some, looks more like a man, less like a boy on sticks-figure legs.
- Tried to watch Parker a bit, just like Wudrick and Varone on the other rink, trying to judge him vs. the rest of his peers. Will need further viewing.
- Biega continues to impress me. He may never make it past the AHL, but the guy has all the tools and is smart about how he plays.
Did Ennis/Kassian get to move at all "as a line" on the ice? I ask because I'm curious how Kassian looked in comparison to Ennis pace-wise. Granted, the level of play from everyone else on the ice is below Ennis, so Ennis' pace may not have been his peak, but I wonder about how they'd look together.

Awesome. Thanks again.

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You have to love Foligno stepping up and being a leader, which is apparently something inherited and natural for him. I LOVE THAT ****.

Pysyk is more than just your offensive specialist, and I CAN'T WAIT to see him develop his game. Glad that he stood out to you.

This information is priceless and invaluable. Thank you x4298, man.


Did Ennis/Kassian get to move at all "as a line" on the ice? I ask because I'm curious how Kassian looked in comparison to Ennis pace-wise. Granted, the level of play from everyone else on the ice is below Ennis, so Ennis' pace may not have been his peak, but I wonder about how they'd look together.

Awesome. Thanks again.
Kassian gets around ok. He's a strong kid and he gets a lot of power in his leg drive, so he keeps up just fine. It's Adam in that trio who has work to do still.

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Kassian gets around ok. He's a strong kid and he gets a lot of power in his leg drive, so he keeps up just fine. It's Adam in that trio who has work to do still.
Is it that noticeable with Luke in comparison to Kass/Ennis, even with the weaker competition on the ice to diminish it and "soften the blow" a bit? Hoping that's not the case.

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What do you think Biega is missing to make the next level?
I wonder this, too. 5'11 isn't incredibly absurdly small for a defenseman, and he's pushing 200lbs. I know he's not physical, but isn't he positionally sound? .

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For anyone that was following me today for updates, some of my tweets that I was texting came in really late for some reason. I apologize.

I'll be there again tomorrow and I'll attempt to do the same thing. Hopefully, the Tweet texts work better.

Some thoughts...

-The local kid Lepkowski looked good. He had a good stick and out-muscled would-be attackers. During a screen-drill, Foligno had a tough time establishing position in front of the goalie, Cullen, which was very impressive.

-Pysyk was very impressive in the drills. Excellent positioning and was willing to mix it up a bit as well. The highlight of his day from what I saw was him rubbing out Foligno behind the net. If Sekera ends up being moved, there may be a spot for him on the 3rd pairing if he has a good showing in camp

-Brennan looked bigger to me. Outside of a rough start on the 2-on-1 drills from the half-wall, he looked very solid. Good mobility and good positionally.

-Tropp had a lot of battle in his game. He was playing the body a lot and displayed some great stick-handling. His shot wasn't half-bad either.

-I didn’t notice McNabb that much, which is a good thing I suppose. Very positionally-sound, physical defender.

-Ennis-Adam-Kassian was putting on a clinic and had some damn good chemistry with each other. They did have to do plenty of push-ups though and Adam got a couple of friendly whacks on the helmet from Lindy.

-Ennis in particular was spectacular. He was the best player on the ice and it wasn’t even close, which is what I expected. Drill-after-drill, he was destroying defenders with his skill.

-Cattenacci played as advertised. Great speed, skating, and tenacity. Him and Sundher fed off of each other well during the 2-on-2′s. At one point, it looked Cattenacci got Fienhage frustrated a bit during 1-on-1′s as well.

-Maybe I'm off-base here, but I would’ve like to have seen Foligno assert himself a bit more. I was also looking forward to seeing a little more offensive creativity from him since he improved a bit in the goal-scoring department in junior last season. He displayed some good leadership qualities while he was giving some instruction during the drills though. All in all, Foligno was solid. Just wanted to see a little more from him.

-Kassian had some trouble with the puck, but the offensive and physical potential was on display. Might have just been rust. Like Foligno, I would’ve like to have seen more from him, but he had a good showing. We’ll see how things progress.

-Sundher was the best forward on the Aux rink. Very fast, very creative, and the release on shot was excellent. He had a nice goal on Cullen. The battle he and Pysyk had during 1-on-1′s was great to watch.

-I always come away impressed when watching Biega at camp and today was no different. Very fluid skater with a quick release and a hell of a wrist shot. He sniped Houser a couple of different times. Size will be the only issue with him.

-Didn’t notice Schiestel that much, but it looked like he was skating well during the times I saw him, which is good since he’s coming off a knee-injury. I’ll try to pay attention to him a bit more tomorrow.

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For anyone that was following me today for updates, some of my tweets that I was texting came in really late for some reason. I apologize.

I'll be there again tomorrow and I'll attempt to do the same thing. Hopefully, the Tweet texts work better.

Some thoughts...

-The local kid Lepkowski looked good. He had a good stick and out-muscled would-be attackers. During a screen-drill, Foligno had a tough time establishing position in front of the goalie, Cullen, which was very impressive.

-Pysyk was very impressive in the drills. Excellent positioning and was willing to mix it up a bit as well. The highlight of his day from what I saw was him rubbing out Foligno behind the net. If Sekera ends up being moved, there may be a spot for him on the 3rd pairing if he has a good showing in camp

-Brennan looked bigger to me. Outside of a rough start on the 2-on-1 drills from the half-wall, he looked very solid. Good mobility and good positionally.

-Tropp had a lot of battle in his game. He was playing the body a lot and displayed some great stick-handling. His shot wasn't half-bad either.

-I didn’t notice McNabb that much, which is a good thing I suppose. Very positionally-sound, physical defender.

-Ennis-Adam-Kassian was putting on a clinic and had some damn good chemistry with each other. They did have to do plenty of push-ups though and Adam got a couple of friendly whacks on the helmet from Lindy.

-Ennis in particular was spectacular. He was the best player on the ice and it wasn’t even close, which is what I expected. Drill-after-drill, he was destroying defenders with his skill.

-Cattenacci played as advertised. Great speed, skating, and tenacity. Him and Sundher fed off of each other well during the 2-on-2′s. At one point, it looked Cattenacci got Fienhage frustrated a bit during 1-on-1′s as well.

-Maybe I'm off-base here, but I would’ve like to have seen Foligno assert himself a bit more. I was also looking forward to seeing a little more offensive creativity from him since he improved a bit in the goal-scoring department in junior last season. He displayed some good leadership qualities while he was giving some instruction during the drills though. All in all, Foligno was solid. Just wanted to see a little more from him.

-Kassian had some trouble with the puck, but the offensive and physical potential was on display. Might have just been rust. Like Foligno, I would’ve like to have seen more from him, but he had a good showing. We’ll see how things progress.

-Sundher was the best forward on the Aux rink. Very fast, very creative, and the release on shot was excellent. He had a nice goal on Cullen. The battle he and Pysyk had during 1-on-1′s was great to watch.

-I always come away impressed when watching Biega at camp and today was no different. Very fluid skater with a quick release and a hell of a wrist shot. He sniped Houser a couple of different times. Size will be the only issue with him.

-Didn’t notice Schiestel that much, but it looked like he was skating well during the times I saw him, which is good since he’s coming off a knee-injury. I’ll try to pay attention to him a bit more tomorrow.
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I'm guessing they wanted Ennis there in part to show the kids how fast and skilled the NHL is compared to juniors. Sounds like it worked.

Glad to hear that Pysyk continues his steady, quality play. I'm also wondering what the hold-back with Biega is. Obviously, our depth at D makes it hard for any of these guys to progress, but it sounds like there is a question about whether he can ever make it in the big show. Thoughts?

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i'm late to the party, but today has been hellish, 5 buses and barely any sleep haha

i was at rink 1 for a bit but left early, so i didnt really gather any kind of impressions

on rink two, the main thing i was impressed by was Sundher's speed, he was making a lot of dmen look foolish, i was kind of frustrated actually to watch the dmen slash him instead of trying to take the body, i think fienhage and lepkowski were the ones guilty of that.

tj was looking kind of shaky at first, he got a bit frustrated with little errors but he loosened up gradually, he was doing pretty well at the end of the drills.

foligno looked kind of lazy today, but that could just have been me. (shrug)

I was pretty lazy today, only took 7 pics, and none of them are noteworthy. I have to work tomorrow but I'll be back friday, hopefully with my camera at the ready.

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-Pysyk was very impressive in the drills. Excellent positioning and was willing to mix it up a bit as well. The highlight of his day from what I saw was him rubbing out Foligno behind the net. If Sekera ends up being moved, there may be a spot for him on the 3rd pairing if he has a good showing in camp
That's excellent to hear.

Thanks for all the reports.

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Eh, Pysyk was never an offensive specialist, he was drafted as solid all-around defender.

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