Record crowds in attendance for the Buffalo Sabres development camp. [Niagara Frontier Publications].
I had someone text me a picture of the lower bowl during Tuesday nights scrimmage – and I had to laugh because it looked like a regular season game from 2013-2014, at least in the lower bowl.
If the Buffalo Sabres ever had a doubt in their mind that Darcy Regier was wrong for this organization – this week should have proved it. Darcy Regier could never put together a prospect camp that would have drawn this many people.
There will be plenty of new faces in the stands this year, as I know many season tickets holders have said enough is enough – and have bowed out of the game. Those on the waiting list that are finally getting in should be calling Darcy and thanking him.
Right now the Buffalo Sabres have to be happy – and as long as the team shows some sign of life on the ice to start the year; the Sabres might do well at the gate next year.
Buffalo Sabres happy with end of development camp tournament. [WGR55].
So I wanted to write about how Sam Reinhart is already being pampered by the organization and must already have maintenance days built into his entry level contract. The kid has gone through a lot in his final year of juniors and trainers thought he could use the rest. It is just development camp.
Earlier this week I put together the Buffalo Sabres goalie depth chart. Has Linus Ullmark proven himself to the organization and moved himself up the ladder?
Sure everyone was on hand to see Sam Reinhart, but there was so much more to see at camp. Mikhail Grigorenko looks like a new man. The explosive speed of guys is impressive.
Let’s roll it back here and look at it from an NHL perspective. There was no Zdeno Chara, Pavel Datsyuk, or Jonathan Quick at developmenet camp. Let us see how this stuff translates over in October for those that make the opening night roster.
Tradeable deal for Ennis – but no guarantee for his long term future. [Buffalo News].
Tim Murray inked Tyler Ennis for a five year front loaded deal. That means the Buffalo Sabres are telling Tyler Ennis he is important to the franchise for now, but we want to be able to trade you later if we need to.
Another home run for Murray?
Here is the other problem. Tyler Ennis is not a first line center. I am really hoping Mikhail Grigorenko or Zemgus Girgensons blows the doors of off training camp come September and takes the number one spot from Ennis.
Firstly, he is not a natural center, secondly, he is too small to be a first line center. I would be much happier, regardless of his contract to see Tyler Ennis back on the wing, and playing second line minutes.
Because you know what that means – he still might get his 20-30 goals; but the first line is scoring as well.