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SYLVESTER'S BLOG: CAMP

Tuesday, 09.15.2009 / 10:36 AM / Blogs - Kevin Sylvester
By Kevin Sylvester  - Sabres "Hockey Hotline" Host
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Training camp is just a few days old for the veterans and a week old for rookies.  Here are some early observations:

--Everyone is watching Tyler Myers expecting him to push the veterans on the blueline for a spot.  So far, Myers has not disappointed with his play.  He’s a smooth skater for his size and gets the puck up the ice.  He’s also created problems for the forwards with his reach.  I’m anxious to watch him in pre-season action against another team.

--Staying on defense, don’t forget about Mike Weber.  He was not only impressive with the rookies, but also during scrimmage with the veterans.  He’s done a nice job patrolling the back end and his size is also noticeable.  Weber also brings some grit and is not afraid to mix it up.  If Weber and Myers continue to impress, then some tough choices will have to be made. 

--Glad to see Stafford showed up without a contract and things were quickly worked out on a two-year deal.  He appears to be in excellent shape with a few more pounds of muscle.  His contract numbers that were reported in other media outlets seem extremely fair for a player with his past performance and immense potential.

--Stafford is not the only player who appeared to have more muscle.  Clarke MacArthur is noticeably beefier and Ryan Miller also looks to have a little more up top.  Miller will need it with a demanding Olympic year. 

--I liked how Thomas Vanek was throwing checks during this past Sunday’s scrimmage.  He was tough along the wall.

--Nathan Gerbe scored a stunning goal on Miller this past Sunday.  Gerbe was on a breakaway with a trailer on him, but somehow managed forward-backhand-topshelf to Miller’s glove side.  It was pretty.  Now he needs to do that when he gets his shot(s) in the regular season. 

--Chances are you’re going to like Steve Montador.  Lindy Ruff likes to call it sandpaper and you can tell he has it just by looking at him.

--It’s good to have Mike Grier back in the room.  The guy is affable, works hard, and reminds me of better days.   I hope he brought osmosis with him.

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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