Sabres release Prospect Camp dates and roster

The Sabres will hold their annual Prospect Development Camp on June 25th-July 1st at Dwyer Arena on the campus of Niagara University.

The seven-day camp will feature a roster of 30 Sabres prospects, including recently signed college draft picks Nathan Gerbe, Tim Kennedy and Chris Butler. Also in attendance will be Drew Stafford, along with goaltender Jhonas Enroth and defensman Dennis Persson. This will be the first appearance in North America for both players since signing with the Sabres in early June. The players will take part in both on-ice and off-ice workouts. The goals of the camp are to give the prospective players the fundamental ideas of the Sabres playing system and the conditioning programs of an NHL player. The camp participants will also study and examine NHL rules and the successful techniques a player must possess to become a professional athlete.

On ice sessions will run from 3-5PM daily. Below is the preliminary camp roster. Keep in mind that at least the North American-based players that are drafted this weekend should be hitting the ice with the current crop. There are no free agent invitees this time around, unless you're counting QMJHL forward, Benjamin Breault (207th overall, 2006). It appears he is still scheduled to participate despite his re-entry into the draft this weekend after not signing a contract with Buffalo before June 1st. It's also worth noting that Drew Stafford is slated to participate even though he's a full time NHLer at this juncture. BUFFALO SABRES 2008-09 DEVELOPMENT CAMP ROSTER FORWARD Allard, Jean-Simon C 6-2 195 R St. Bruno, Quebec 5-24-89 St. John’s (QMJHL) Breault, Benjamin C 5-10 183 L Pembroke, Ontario 2-21-88 Baie-Comeau (QMJHL) Byron, Paul C 5-9 144 L Ottawa, Ontario 4-27-89 Gatineau (QMJHL) Gerbe, Nathan C 5-5 160 L Oxford, MI 7-24-87 Boston College (NCAA) Gogulla, Philipp LW 6-2 176 L Dusseldorf, Germany 7-31-87 Cologne (DEL) Hunter, Dylan LW 6-0 198 L Quebec City, Quebec 5-21-85 Rochester (AHL) Kaleta, Patrick RW 5-11 195 R Buffalo, New York 6-8-86 Buffalo Sabres Kennedy, Tim LW 5-10 176 L Buffalo, NY 4-30-86 Michigan St. (NCAA) Orpik, Andrew RW 6-3 200 R Amherst, NY 3-12-86 Boston College (NCAA) Schutz, Felix C 5-11 187 L Erding, Germany 11-3-87 Ingolstadt ERC (DEL) Stafford, Drew RW 6-1 202 R Milwaukee, Wisconson 10-30-85 Buffalo Sabres Tropp, Corey RW 6-0 185 R Grosse Pointe, MI 7-25-89 Michigan St. (NCAA) Whitmore, Derek LW 5-11 185 L Rochester, NY 12-17-84 Rochester (AHL) Zagrapan, Marek C 6-1 198 L Presov, Czechoslovakia 12-6-86 Rochester (AHL) DEFENSE Brennan, TJ D 6-0 204 L Willingboro, NJ 4-3-89 St. John’s (QMJHL) Biega, Alex D 5-10 191 L Montreal, Quebec 2-21-88 Harvard (NCAA) Butler, Chris D 6-1 178 L St. Louis, MO 5-23-86 U of Denver (NCAA) Funk, Michael D 6-4 199 L Abbotsford, B.C. 8-15-86 Rochester (AHL) Generous, Matt D 6-3 185 R Methuen, MA 5-5-85 St. Lawrence (NCAA) Gragnani, Marc-Andre D 6-2 192 L Montreal, Quebec 3-11-87 Rochester (AHL) Kostka, Mike D 6-2 210 R Ajax, ON 11-28-85 Rochester (AHL) MacKenzie, Drew D 6-2 200 L Stamford, CT 12-17-88 Waterloo (USHL) Persson, Dennis D 6-1 181 L Nykoping, Sweden 6-2-88 Nykoping (Sweden 1) Schiestel, Drew D 6-1 180 R Hamilton, Ontario 3-9-89 Niagara (OHL) Sekera, Andrej D 6-0 200 L Bojnice, Czechoslovakia 6-8-86 Buffalo Sabres Weber, Mike D 6-2 199 L Pittsburgh, PA 12-16-87 Rochester (AHL) GOALTENDER Dennis, Adam G 5-11 183 L Toronto, Ontario 2-8-85 Rochester (AHL) Eidsness, Brad G 5-11 190 L Chestermere, Alberta 6-2-89 Okotoks (AJHL) Eno, Nick G 6-3 190 L Howell, Michigan 2-12-89 Bowling Green (NCAA) Enroth, Jhonas G 5-10 174 L Stockholm, Sweden 6-25-88 Sodertalje (Sweden)
Previous
Next Post »

9 comments

Click here for comments
BGM
admin
Monday, June 16, 2008 ×

"It's the most wonderful time of the year..."

Can't wait! Interesting that Stafford's back as the "youth leader," so to speak. I can't decide if I'm most excited looking at the forward list, the defense list, or the goalie list, which is an awesome problem to have. I'm really looking forward to reading updates from this camp.

Reply
avatar
Kris Baker
admin
Monday, June 16, 2008 ×

You'll get plenty of updates. Perhaps even real time....

The boss has been put on notice.

Reply
avatar
Chainshot
admin
Monday, June 16, 2008 ×

With it at NU, I won't have the same availability as last year. It's close... just not "hey honey, I'm going to step out for a few minutes" close.

I fully expect a number of collegiate invitees, just like last year. They popped out the roster early and then we had to augment. Good times.

Reply
avatar
Kris Baker
admin
Monday, June 16, 2008 ×

I'm sure they have some guys in mind, perhaps even tentative commitments pending the weekend. It's just funny that Breault is still on the list. I guess it's an assumption that he won't get re-drafted. Too inconsistent, not enough emotion.

Reply
avatar
chainshot
admin
Monday, June 16, 2008 ×

Take in bad advice from his agent... I doubt he's getting redrafted.

I would expect the letters were already sent, judging by the conversations I had with some of the invitees families last year. They know who they are.

Reply
avatar
DCThrowback
admin
Tuesday, June 17, 2008 ×

Are these open to the public? I am sure it would be cool to check it out, especially w. Enroth and Stafford there.

Reply
avatar
Kris Baker
admin
Tuesday, June 17, 2008 ×

yes, practices are open to the public.

Reply
avatar
bucky
admin
Wednesday, June 18, 2008 ×

no Mike Card? assuming his head still isn't on straight.

Reply
avatar
Anonymous
admin
Wednesday, June 25, 2008 ×

someone i know from west seneca brian rohloff of Vermont U was invited last year any word on this time around?

-wnywatercool.blogspot.com

Reply
avatar