For those of us insane enough to contemplate hockey in July, prospect camp is a mere tease of the excitement that the season brings. Especially when you root for the Buffalo Sabres.
Prospect camp usually comes and goes in Buffalo without much to do, mainly because we won’t see many of the players that attend, and if we do, its at least three years in the making. But we do have a few players turning heads.
Chris Butler played an incredible 47 games last year as a rookie, incredible because rookies don’t often make this team. When called up from the Portland Pirates, he made a very strong case to stay in Buffalo, and stay he did. At camp this year he is letting it known that after getting a taste of the NHL, there is no turning back. He wants to add some offense to his game, and has bulked up a little to be able to handle some of the extra duties of an offensive defensemen.
Probably the biggest news out of camp so far has been the big defensemen Tyler Myers. Finally filling into his frame, the six foot eight inch, 220 pound defensemen, who is targetting a weight of 235, is ready to make the jump to help out the Sabres blue line.
Sabres first round draft pick Zack Kassian is itching to hit the ice as a foot injury has kept him away from practicing with the team that drafted him 13th overall.