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Buffalo Sabres: Connor McDavid, HarborCenter, Rochester Americans

Connor McDavid to have crazy final season outisde of NHL.  [NHL].

There is no guarantee that the Buffalo Sabres will get Connor McDavid – but there is a chance.  So the Buffalo Sabres are adding another bump in the road on the path to his final year of juniors.

There isn’t the guarantee that he will make an opening night roster after he gets drafted, but for many it could be a safe bet.  So what does McDavid have in store for him this year?

Well, the Erie Otters, his OHL club still has their regular season; and they are hoping for a long run at the OHL playoffs and the Memorial Cup.  McDavid will also have the World Juniors in Toronto and Montreal.  There will be the hype of the game in Buffalo at First Niagara Center, and then the rigorous NHL Scouting Combine in Buffalo.

Connor McDavid is going to put on a lot of miles this season.

Erie Otters could be in trouble as team unfolds before 2014-2015 season.  [The Hockey Writers]

Will Connor McDavid even play out the season in Erie?  It is probably a safe bet that he will, but if rumors are true, the Otters could be losing a lot of players that support McDavid.

On top of all the previously listed things that McDavid has on his mind leading up to the NHL Draft – he could have to deal with a trade, if the price and conditions are right for the Erie Otters.

Buffalo Sabres will be in running for number one pick again in 2015.  [ESPN].

The team won’t be as bad to watch this season, and off season upgrades have started to change the culture of the organization – leadership on and off the ice was upgraded.

The Buffalo Sabres will still have a problem putting the puck in the net.

How much more improved is the defense, well you could say with the loss of Christian Ehrhoff the overall defensive makeup is a little young – and up in the air.  It will be relying on its depth as the team moves from rebuilding to solidifying.

There are questions at goal.

2015-2016 will be a different story though.

Will HarborCenter be ready for everything the Buffalo Sabres have planned?  [Buffalo Rising].

I talked to someone last night close to the construction at the HarborCenter – and he told me that he was hard pressed to think that October was a realistic time frame for some of the features of the HarborCenter that will need to be ready for the Buffalo Sabres and their plans for the building.

That is just the thoughts of one person working on the project, and crews are working as hard and fast as possible to get the newest gem of the waterfront ready for its opening gala.

Rochester Americans sign two.  [Rochester D&C].

The Rochester Americans have signed another defenseman and have added a right winger to the Americans for the 2014-2015 season.

Matt MacKenzie and Brayden Irwin have signed one year American Hockey League contracts with the organization yesterday.

MacKenzie was originally drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in 2010, returning for his fourth year in an Amerks sweater.  He almost didn’t make it back – as there was interest from other teams, but no one was offering him an NHL contract that would have pried him away from the team that gave him his break.  Will another good showing on a one year deal change that?

Irwin comes back to the organization after a strong campaign – joining the Amerks after a few years in the ECHL before signing in Rochester on a tryout contract.

Head coach Chadd Cassidy says the Amerks could still add more depth players for both the Rochester Americans and ECHL based Elmira Jackals.


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