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Buffalo Sabres Daily: Development Camp, Sam Reinhart

Development camp is just one day old, but prospects Sam Reinhart and Brendan Lemieux are already making an impression.  [WHEC Rochester].

I am not sure who this Brendan Reinhart mentioned in the article is (even journalists make mistakes – it was probably written by an intern from South Dakota who doesn’t know the first thing about hockey anyways).

Anyways, it is nice to see the boys on the ice getting ready for the regular season.  While it isn’t likely that many of the guys in this weeks development camp will make it to the opening night roster, there is a chance for some.

In my mind, I’m thinking if I come and play the way I can, I feel confident I can make an impact next year. –Sam Reinhart

Buffalo Sabres fans are going to have something to cheer for this year.  We might not end up much higher in the standings, but all we can hope for is an entertaining product on the ice.  None of the listless lazy shifts we saw last year, where most guys played uninspired hockey.

Many people are likening Brendan Lemieux to the same type of player that his father was – one of the most hated in the game.  The Buffalo Sabres already have one of those in pest Patrick Kaleta, and Cody McCormick can be a headache to play against at times.  One thing the Buffalo Sabres have lacked though is, if you look at the last three championship teams that have one the Stanley Cup – they have third and fourth line guys that can not only wear you down and make you pay physically, they can also move the puck and play the game well also.  Lemieux himself is trying to buck the trend that he should play exactly like his father – he wants to be the best hockey player he can be.  Great.  If he somehow ends up on the scale between his father and Mario Lemieux, it is one hell of a score for the Buffalo Sabres.

Most players in camp aren’t going to make it to Blue and Gold this year, and some will come as far as the Rochester Americans.  Regardless of where they play next season, the future for the Buffalo Sabres looks promising.

Prospects, Sam Reinhart especially – want to prove this week they are ready to earn a roster spot for the Buffalo Sabres.  [Rochester Democrat and Chronicle].

Your likely going to see a lot of articles about the prospects in Rochester this year, as the Rochester Americans are solidified just as much as the parent club.  Many of the young stars that are training together this week at development camp will end up with the Amerks, but not before showing off this week for the coaching staff, as the Buffalo Sabre decide how the roster for the 2014-2015 regular season will take shape.

For most of these players, it is about first impressions – development camp players are in their entry level deal, this years draft picks, and some collegiate players looking to prove they should have been drafted.

With the unknown future of the organization ahead, here is the chance for the cream to rise to the top – and the role players to make a name for themselves.

If I come in here and play the way I’m capable of playing, I feel confident I can earn a spot next year (the upcoming 2014-15 season)–Sam Reinhart.

 

It’s nice to see the kid isn’t entitled, despite the organization needing an immediate punch in the arm offensively, he knows an opening night roster spot isn’t guaranteed, or is it?

All of this talk of development camp makes you want to race right down to First Niagara Center and check out the action?  Well if you can’t make it down to ice level, the Buffalo Sabres are bringing ice level to you.  The Buffalo Sabres will be streaming their scrimmage tonight. The play-by-play crew will be on hand to call the action, with Brian Dunleavy, Brian Duff, and Rob Ray calling the action and doing interviews during intermissions.

The Rochester Americans lose frequent flyer miles, but gain a divisional foe.  [Sports Media 101].

The AHL has so many teams in the Northeast region – it’s a wonder they can’t get Rochester and Syracuse in the same division to further that rivalry.  Or even get all the New York teams into one division.

The game will be streamed live on Sabres.com.

The Buffalo Sabres and Rochester Americans aren’t the only ones excited about development camp.  The Elmira Jackals are going through their first off season development camp with the Buffalo Sabres as well.

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