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JUNIORS GET A JUMP START

Tuesday, 08.30.2011 / 4:12 PM
By Kevin Snow - Sabres.com (@kwsnow) / BEYOND THE BOARDS
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BEYOND THE BOARDS
JUNIORS GET A JUMP START
Greetings from my spacious cubicle on the suite level of First Niagara Center. Still trying to get used to the name, but I like how it sounds. The First Niagara colors are a perfect fit with the Sabres, and I’m looking forward to seeing them incorporated with everything in the building.

Just wanted to pass along a few things to you this week as we head towards the final weekend of summer:

Jerome Gauthier-Leduc (Photo: Getty Images)
-You may have noticed that it’s already “game on!” in the Canadian Hockey League. The QMJHL kicked off their pre-season schedule on August 19, and they’ll drop the puck tonight in Swift Current, Sask., to open the WHL exhibition season. The OHL gets their pre-season underway this Friday in London, Ont. Why so early you ask? According to CHL commissioner David Branch, it’s all about getting the players settled in their respective cities before the school year begins.

“The main factor for CHL teams starting early is to accommodate the academic interests of our players,” Branch explained in an email to me last night. “High school commences after Labor Day in most instances for the WHL and OHL, and earlier in Quebec. That is the reason their camps started over one week ago.”

Jerome Gauthier-Leduc, Buffalo’s third-round selection in the 2010 Entry Draft, already has four points (1+3) and is a plus-4 in three games for the Rimouski Oceanic. Three of Gauthier-Leduc’s four points came in a 4-3 win over Baie-Comeau last Saturday when he tallied a goal and two assists.

New 100 level countertops
New 100 level signage
-Arena renovations continue to move along at a breakneck speed. They are aiming to have all the redesigned concession stands ready for the Keith Urban concert on September 8, and any other smaller projects completed in time for hockey season.

Here are two photos I took today while wandering the concourse. The first shows the new stainless steel countertops on the freshly-painted blue and gold pillars in the 100 Level (ignore the red paint; that will be replaced by gold).

The other features the new lettering on the satellite Sabres Store location next to section 101. Another project that they are hoping to have completed in time for the regular season is the addition of beverage shelves and TV’s in the bathrooms.

-An announcement of Buffalo’s roster for the Traverse City Prospects Tournament is expected to be made in the next few days. I’ll be on hand in Michigan for all five days of the tournament, providing daily features and in-game Twitter updates. Keep watching Sabres.com for more information. The Sabres open the tournament against Minnesota on Saturday, September 10 at 3:30 p.m.

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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