While the present Buffalo Sabres may not look to promising, the future one’s look pretty bright. For the second straight year the Buffalo Sabres rookie’s are heading to the finals of the Traverse City rookie tournament. Last year the Sabres youngsters beat the New York Rangers youngster’s in the finals and this year they will square off against the Detroit Red Wings.
The Buffalo Sabres sailed through the round-robin games going 3-0, with wins over the New York Rangers, Carolina Hurricanes and Columbus Blue Jackets. The recent success at the prospects tournament has fans excited for the future of the Buffalo Sabres. A lot of fans were interested to see the improvement of Zemgus Girgensons and Joel Armia, as well as a first glimpse at Johan Larsson and Rasmus Ristolainen. But a few other prospects have also made names for themselves through the tournament.
Nick Baptiste has turned a lot of heads, transforming himself from a virtual unknown to a solid prospect. Nikita Zadorov has also showed why the Sabres selected him in the first round. For young prospects who will challenge for a roster spot in less than a week, this tournament is a great way to get them fired up for hockey. Adding on the pressure of being the defending champions, there seems to be a fire burning inside the young Sabres and here’s hoping they can ignite that fire inside the veteran Sabres during training camp. There will be a lot of close battles for positions and the way these guys are playing it will be hard to deny them an opportunity to play with the big boys. After all, I’d rather see a young, excited, motivated team on fire than a team of veterans who could care less.
So my question for you guys is; Who has impressed you the most throughout the 2013 Traverse City Prospects Tournament? Let me know who’s impressed you the most!