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Impressions Of Sabres Rookie Scrimmage

From Hockey Heaven; Written by Steve Dowling on 2012-07-13
Impressions Of Sabres Rookie Scrimmage

It was a great thing to see future Sabres scrimmaging at the First Niagara Center in July. Some potential future stars were playing in the game and it was exciting to behold. Some of the future potential Sabres included Cody Hodgson, Luke Adam, Brayden McNabb, Marcus Foligno, Corey Tropp, Mark Pysyk, Kevin Sundher, Jerome Gauthier-Leduc, Mikhael Grigorenko, Zemgus Girgensons and Joel Armia. It was a Blue vs. Gold game. The blue team won the game, however the yellow team won the shootout.

I was very impressed with Joel Armia. He played physical, was good on the forecheck and showed excellent hands. As I would have thought and hoped, the players who have played in the NHL looked the best. Marcus Foligno looked very good, even showing some stickhandling. I am very excited to see what he brings this season. He could potentially be a physical forward who can score 15 goals. Cody Hodgson and...(Read More)

2012 Buffalo Sabres Development Camp

From Hockey Heaven; Written by Steve Dowling on 2012-07-10
2012 Buffalo Sabres Development Camp

The 2012 Buffalo Sabres development camp opened Monday with a lot of potential future stars in Buffalo. The roster included players such as Brayden McNabb, Marcus Foligno, Luke Adam, Mikhael Grigorenko, Zemgus Girgensons, Joel Armia, Mark Pysyk and Jerome Gauthier-Leduc. There may be up to 1 defensive job and 2 forward jobs open for these rookies. Most who do not make the Sabres will go back to Europe, Canadian Juniors, the NCAA or Rochester.

Early indications from day 1 were that the players who were expected to be stars rose to the occasion. Among the forwards attending, Joel Armia really stood out. Armia, the Sabres 2011 first-round draft pick, scored several goal, showed good speed and a great shot. He still has a military commitment and one year left on his Assat contract, but he seems well on his way to be a future top 6 forward. Luke Adam, the former AHL rookie of the year, who...(Read More)

Derek Roy Traded To Dallas For Steve Ott

From Hockey Heaven; Written by Steve Dowling on 2012-07-02
Derek Roy Traded To Dallas For Steve Ott

The Buffalo Sabres traded center Derek Roy to the Dallas Stars for forward Steve Ott and defenseman Adam Pardy. Roy has reportedly been on the trading block for over a year. He has been a part of the Sabres core that has not won a playoff series since 2007. Many Sabres fans have wanted Roy gone for a while. This is mainly due to his complaining to officials, diving and many turnovers. He also does not have a lot of physical play to his game. I believe the main reason fans do not like him is simply because he was the number 1 center on a team that did not win.

Steve Ott is the opposite of Derek Roy. Ott has some offensive ability, but is more known for his physical play. He is a former 20 goal scorer with leadership abilities. He consistantly has over 200 hits per season, a number which would easily lead the Sabres. He can also take draws, winning over 55% of his faceoffs. I see Ott on...(Read More)

Potential Opening Day Roster For Sabres

From Hockey Heaven; Written by Steve Dowling on 2012-06-27
Potential Opening Day Roster For Sabres

Following the 2012 NHL Draft, the Buffalo Sabres opening day roster may look different than what I was previously expecting. The Sabres drafting a center that could play next season was unexpected.

I expect Mikhael Grigorenko to make the team this season. He is in Buffalo and appears that the Sabres will give him every opportunity to make the team. Darcy Regier has already stated that he is talking to his agent about a contract. I will pencil him in on the roster for next season. If that is the case, here are the forwards that will be in Buffalo next season:

Ville Leino,
Jason Pominville,
Cody McCormick,
Matt Ellis,

I do not see anyone taking them and their contracts, so they will be here. Forwards currently on the roster that will most likely be on the team, barring trades are:

Thomas Vanek,
Marcus Foligno,
Tyler Ennis,
Drew Stafford,
Cody Hodgson,
Nathan Gerbe,
Patrick...(Read More)

Sabres Get Grigorenko And Girgensons In 1st Round

From Hockey Heaven; Written by Steve Dowling on 2012-06-24
Sabres Get Grigorenko And Girgensons In 1st Round

The Buffalo Sabres drafted Mikhael Grigorenko, a big center with the 12th pick in the NHL Draft. The Sabres then used the 21st pick, a pick acquired in the Paul Gaustad trade, and 42nd pick to move up to the number 14 pick. They used this pick to draft another center, Zemgus Girgensons. Girgensons is a physical center who could be a very solid 3rd line center for the Sabres in 3-4 years.

The Sabres needed centers and they addressed it in a big way. Grigorenko, currently playing in the QMJHL, is a big, talented center. He won CHL rookie of the year, scoring 40 goals. His game has been compared to being a mix of Evgeni Malkin, Joe Thronton and Jason Spezza. If his game is anywhere close to that, the Sabres got a steal at the number 12 pick. The worry about Grigorenko was that he may go to the KHL. In his post draft interview, he seemed to put a stop to those worries, saying he does not...(Read More)

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