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SLY NOTES: CAMP RECAP

Monday, 07.12.2010 / 1:12 PM / Blogs - Kevin Sylvester
By Kevin Sylvester  - Sabres "Hockey Hotline" Host
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SLY NOTES: CAMP RECAP
2010 Development Camp (Buffalo Sabres)
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♦  Interesting week at Development Camp.  The big stories were not on who was there, but on the free-agent signings by Sabres. In particular Rob Niedermayer. It’s a good sign that a player of his experience would choose the Sabres. It means he thinks they can win. I believe you’ll see more of this in the new era of the salary cap; veteran free agents in the last third of their career taking one-year contracts to play for a winning team. Mike Grier has done so the last two years for the Sabres. It also benefits the teams signing these players. The Sabres get two veteran players that bring professionalism and leadership for the season, and then off-season cap space and flexibility. A good fit.

♦  Many fans are wondering why Niedermayer?  Besides the leadership and experience, he brings 10 goals from last season with New Jersey, the ability to take faceoffs and the ability to kill penalties. Now if he could only convince his brother to come out of retirement and demand a trade to Buffalo.

♦  I was glad to see Patrick Lalime re-sign for another campaign as Ryan Miller’s back up.  I like to root for good people and he fits into that category. His relationship with Miller played a big factor, but his numbers were solid during some tough-luck performances last year.  Lindy Ruff made it a point to mention the loss he incurred in the final game against New Jersey when he pulled Lalime because the Sabres needed a regulation win over the Devils to get the second seed.  It was a gamble that hurt Lalime’s numbers, but you didn’t hear him complain about it.  Lalime’s numbers were respectable with a .907 save percentage and 2.81 GAA.  Those numbers (granted only 16 games) were better than Michael Leighton’s, Josh Harding’s, Jonas Gustavson’s, Steve Mason’s, and Marty Biron’s.

♦  Evaluating prospects at development camp is not the easiest thing to do, so I’ll leave that to the scouts and coaching staff who know what they are looking for.  But, here is what I saw:  
  • Zack Kassian has great size, but needs to move his feet more.
  • I’m interested to see what TJ Brennan does this season in Portland.  You can tell he has worked on his fitness and skating.  He gets his shot through from the point more often than not.
  • Mark Pysyk can skate.
  • Marcus Foligno had an impressive final day scrimmage, and was not afraid to use the body.
  • Tyler Myers, Tyler Ennis, and Nathan Gerbe looked far above the rest -- as they should have.
♦  It was nice to see and meet many of the fans at camp last week.  I am always amazed at the number of fans who show up, and the passion they express.  The kids in attendance really made it fun, especially when they chanted to Darcy “Sign Kovalchuk, Sign Kovalchuk, Sign Kovalchuk”.  Even Darcy laughed.

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  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