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DEVELOPMENT CAMP DAY 2: SESSION 1

Thursday, 07.11.2013 / 1:00 PM
By Chris Ryndak - Sabres.com (@chrisryndak) / BEYOND THE BOARDS
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DEVELOPMENT CAMP DAY 2: SESSION 1

SESSION 1
10:30 a.m. - Noon

The early group, which will be Team Blue at the “Blue & Gold Scrimmage” on Friday, took the ice in the morning and participated in a more traditional practice. Wednesday, the early parts of the practice focused on on-ice testing and skating drills. On Thursday, however, the coaching staff put the players through breakout drills and other shooting workouts right away.

Another notable change came in the form of personnel. Center Connor Hurley, drafted in the second round of this year's draft, was skating with this group in place of 2013 fifth-round pick Gustav Possler.

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Defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen, Buffalo’s first pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, said that he’s still getting used to some of his new equipment, so he felt more comfortable on Thursday than on Wednesday.

“[I felt] better than yesterday, but still I have a lot of work,” Ristolainen said. “This practice was my third only of this summer so I have a lot of work to do to get into game shape.”

Another aspect of the game he’s adjusting too is the size of the rink. He’s accustomed to playing on the international-sized rinks in Finland, but is enjoying the shift to a smaller sheet of ice.

Mark Pysyk

“We have a lot of bigger rinks in Finland but I like the smaller ones,” he said. “I like to play like an American style of hockey, hit hard and play a fast game. To me, it feels very good.”

While this is Ristolainen’s first development camp, it’s the fourth for defenseman Mark Pysyk. The Sabres’ first-round pick in 2010, Pysyk played in his first NHL games last season. If there’s one thing he’s learned from these development camps that he can pass on to the younger players, it’s to embrace what is available to them during this week of practice.

“We were just talking about that, just take advantage of all the stuff here,” he said. “There are NHL coaches, trainers, mental skills coach, power skating coaches. Take advantage of the resources that they have here in the Sabres organization. ”


Eric Locke – Zemgus GirgensonsJonathan Parker
Kevin Sundher
– Phil Varone – Logan Nelson
Connor Hurley – Justin Kea – Nick Baptiste
Alex Iafallo – Andrew Black

Nikita Zadorov – Mark Pysyk
Jake McCabe – Rasmus Ristolainen
Brady Austin – Matt MacKenzie

Connor Knapp
Cal Petersen

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82