SLY NOTES: CAMP RECAP
Monday, 07.12.2010 / 1:12 PM ET / Blogs - Kevin Sylvester
By Kevin Sylvester - Sabres Hockey Hotline Host (@kevsylvester)
|2010 Development Camp (Buffalo Sabres)|
♦ 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.