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Sabres Prospect Development Camp Back At Dwyer Arena

06/20/11
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The Sabres announced today that their prospect development camp will once again be held at Niagara University’s Dwyer Arena:

The Buffalo Sabres announced today they will be holding a summer development camp from July 5-10 at Dwyer Arena on the campus of Niagara University in Lewiston, N.Y. There will be an on-ice session each day open to the public. A complete camp roster and practice schedule will be announced at a later date.

The camp will feature over 35 Sabres prospects. The team’s upcoming 2011 NHL Draft picks are also scheduled to attend the six-day camp.

The players will take part in both on-ice and off-ice workouts. The goals of the camp are to give prospective players the fundamental ideas of the Sabres playing system and conditioning programs of an NHL player. Camp participants will also study and examine NHL rules and the successful techniques a player must possess to become a professional athlete.

Prospect camp always tends to draw well on scrimmage days, which have highlighted the second half of the week’s schedule in the past. Last year in fact, the final scrimmage actually filled the stands at Dwyer, which is a testament to the insatiable appetite for hockey the Ted Black noted Western New Yorkers have.

Among those participating will be members of the Sabres’ AHL affiliate, junior prospects, sophomore Sabres, recent draftees, and free agent invites looking to continue their hockey careers (West Seneca’s Brian Roloff last year parlayed his prospect camp appearance into an AHL contract). Names to look out for are Zack Kassian, Brayden McNabb, Marcus Foligno, Drew Schiestel, Mark Pysyk, Kevin Sundher, Jerome Gauthier-Leduc, Gregg Sutch, Corey Tropp, Alex Biega, and Luke Adam with possible appearances from Jhonas Enroth, Marc-Andre Gragnani, and Tyler Ennis. I don’t know if Tyler Myers will make another appearance (or if he even can) but he’d be a good test for other youngsters to try their hands against during the scrimmages. Bakes makes the case for bringing Robby Mignardi into the fold.

After a failed attempt last year (I think I posted once), Black & Blue & Gold will bring back its’ prospect development camp series. I’ll post recaps that hopefully approach “daily” in their publishing frequency.

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