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TRAINING CAMP: DAY TWO

Thursday, 09.12.2013 / 11:14 AM
By Chris Ryndak - Sabres.com (@chrisryndak) / BEYOND THE BOARDS
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BEYOND THE BOARDS
TRAINING CAMP: DAY TWO

Group One (8:45-9:45 a.m.)

Marcus Foligno

Marcus Foligno had played center at the end of last season, but is back on the wing for now. And back with Cody Hodgson, whom he played on a line with in Rochester during the lockout.

"To be on a line with him, it’s going to be great to get open for him," Foligno said. "Obviously I played with him in Rochester and we put up some points there and had a good time in Rochester, too."

They're joined on the line by Thomas Vanek. Both Folgino and Vanek are more comfortable on the left wing, so Sabres coach Ron Rolston said they'll go through the preseason trying both on the left and right wings in order to find the right combinations, .

"We like [Vanek and Hodgson] together for sure. They were good last year. I think Cody can make plays, really good vision plays and obviously [Vanek's] a good finisher," Rolston said. "Right now we've got Marcus there to provide some heavy hockey hopefully on the wing hopefully if Marcus can come in and continue to play that way, be physical and make some space for those guys."

Practice Group
Thomas Vanek
Cody HodgsonMarcus Foligno
Zemgus Girgensons
Kevin PorterBrian Flynn
Kevin Sundher
Colin JacobsShawn Szydlowski
Frederick Roy – Eric LockeLogan Nelson

Christian EhrhoffTyler Myers
Drew Bagnall
Jerome Gauthier-Leduc
Nikita Zadorov
Matt MacKenzie

Ryan Miller
Andrey Makarov


Group Two (10-10:45 a.m.)

Ville Leino

Ville Leino was limited to eight games last season due to injuries. He missed the final 13 games of the year but has been back skating for about four weeks now.  He’s back on the right wing too, which he’s described as his favorite

“Everything is going the way you want it to go at this point,” he said. “Also, I’m really excited to go back out there. It’s a new start. I feel like I didn’t play for a year.”

Center Mikhail Grigorenko spent the summer in Buffalo and hopes the work he’s put in during the offseason pays dividends in his second NHL season. He skated on a line with Steve Ott and Leino on Wednesday and will look to them for guidance.

“For me it’s really good to play with those guys,” Grigorenko said. “They’ve helped me out a lot on the ice and I can learn from the every day. Hopefully [coach Ron Rolston] will like us and we’ll be playing together.”


Team Gray
Steve Ott
Mikhail GrigorenkoVille Leino
Luke Adam
– Mike Zigomanis – Joel Armia
John Scott
Matt EllisJustin Bailey
Peter Trainor – Jonathan Parker - Johnny McGuire

Brayden McNabb
Jamie McBain
Alexander Sulzer
Chad Ruhwedel
Alex Lepkowski
– Connor Boland

Matt Hackett
Nathan Lieuwen


Scrimmage (11:15 a.m.-Noon)
Team Gray vs. Team Gold


Group Three (12:15-1 p.m.)

Patrick Kaleta

Many roster spots are up for grabs and Rolston will use training camp as a competition to fill those roles.

Rolston had Cody McCormick centering Corey Tropp and Patrick Kaleta during the third session and that combination could very well serve as the Sabres’ fourth line come opening night on Oct. 2 in Detroit.

Rolston said he’s aware of the different possibilities and will look for fourth liners that are responsible players that can kill penalties too.

“That’s what kind of what we talked about in the competition. We can go a lot of different ways, but we’ll definitely have some guys that can do that – that play with a lot of energy and are physical on the fourth line,” Rolston said.

Team Gold
Tyler EnnisJohan LarssonDrew Stafford
Corey Tropp
Cody McCormickPatrick Kaleta
Daniel Catenacci
Philip VaroneJamie Tardif
Colton Gillies – Justin KeaNicholas Baptiste

Henrik TallinderMark Pysyk
Mike Weber
Rasmus Ristolainen
Brady Austin
Nick Crawford

Jhonas Enroth
Connor Knapp

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