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Buffalo Sabres Daily: NCAA Hockey, Rebuilding Youth

NCAA starting to take bigger role in development of NHL players?  [Sports Media 101].

Canadian players might want to think about this avenue going forward.  Instead of worrying about playing the junior shuffle – get yourself recruited by an NCAA college hockey powerhouse and grease your way to the NHL that way.

If the NHL is your goal, and you have outgrown junior hockey – why not get yourself recruited by an NCAA powerhouse to help develop your skills at another level?

The Buffalo Sabres should have done that with Mikhail Grigorenko three years ago.  Your too good for juniors, but not quite ready for us, let us help you get into college where you can up the ante a little bit without breaking the rules for the CHL/NHL agreement and since you can’t play in the AHL.  Would have been a match made in heaven, and both sides would have benefited.

Returning to the NCAA this year from the Buffalo Sabres pool of prospects, Hudson Fasching will returh to the Minnesota Golden Gophers.  West Seneca native Sean Malone is returning to Harvard.  J.T. Compher has plans to return to the University of Michigan.

With the number of players being developed out of the NCAA ranks growing – this could be a good thing for the Buffalo Sabres down the road.

Maybe Terry Pegula would even buy a college.

Buffalo Sabres boast size, skill, and talent in young team [NHL].

Maybe this will be the first of many positive headlines for the Buffalo Sabres on the mother site nhl.com this year?  It seemed like last year you couldn’t get a good headline for the Buffalo Sabres, and can you actually blame the writers?

Depending on the level of compete that guys bring to the table when October comes around and what kind of chemistry the locker room brings us – the Buffalo Sabres could be a lot better than they were last year, surprising a fair number of teams.

Now – don’t take that the wrong way – I am not planning any parade routes a la the Toronto Maple Leafs.  No, what I am saying is the Buffalo Sabres under Tim Murray have rebuilt a club that is going to be entertaining to watch, and might catch a few sleeping teams this year.

There was no catching a sleeping team last year.  The Buffalo Sabres were so bad they still lost to teams who were just going through the motions on most nights.  This year – they still don’t have the face punching ability to compete with the likes of the Boston Bruins (although we will still beat them on some nights) but other teams will want to bring what they can on game nights.

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