The Buffalo Sabres will open up their summer development camp for rookies, and this will be many fans first
chance at seeing the future of the Buffalo Sabres live. Will you be attending the development camp?
Who will be the players you are going to watch?
On offense, there are several “hometown boys” getting to skate in blue and gold – fulfilling boyhood dreams. Justin Bailey, Alex Isfallo, and Sean Malone all hail from Sabres country. Do any of them stand a shot at making it to the Buffalo Sabres full time roster? If so, they will join Patrick Kaleta and former Sabre Tim Kennedy as the latest who have played for their home town team.
Mikhail Grigorenko will be back at development camp, so Buffalo Sabres management and coaching staff can see how he has developed over the off season. This will be Grigorenko’s first full season in the National Hockey League – he will need all the ice time he can get to bring his offense skills to light. In the same draft class Zemgus Girgensons will also be around to show the Sabres that he is ready to skate in the bigs, after putting on a good show in Rochester last season.
Daniel Catenacci will be present as well, and will most likely end up in Rochester to start the season.
The most talked about defenseman heading into development camp are this years draft selections Rasmus Ristolainan and Nikitra Zadorov.
Chad Ruhwedel will be in development camp as well, and he won’t be hard to spot. At 5-11 he is the smallest defenseman attending camp.
If a trade for Ryan Miller can be pulled off, Jhonas Enroth is the key to the Buffalo Sabres future in net. Who will be his backup netminder? Andrey Makarov will be in net, and he is being talked about as the next goalie of the future. Connor Knapp will try and get under the shadow of David Leggio, as the starting position in Rochester is up for grabs, with WNY native Leggio signing a two way deal with the Washington Capitals.
The Buffalo Sabres will hope that chemistry ignites for their prospects, as after development camp the teams prospects will prepare to defend their 2001 Traverse City Tournament championship. Last years tournament sponsored by the Detroit Red Wings was cancelled due to the lockout.