Sabres sign former Wolverine Turnbull

University of Michigan product Travis Turnbull has signed a two-year entry level contract with the Buffalo Sabres. A potential checking line center and son of former NHLer Perry, the 6'0, 193-pound Turnbull enters the pro ranks after a 166 game NCAA career that saw him pot 40 goals and 90 total points with the powerhouse Wolverines. The Sabres never had Turnbull in for a development camp, but they had a good read on him outside of their own viewings. A native of St. Louis, Turnbull, 22, was a teammate of defensemen Chris Butler with the Jr. Blues organization before the pair played together with the Sioux City Musketeers (USHL) from 2003-2005. Another member of those Musketeers clubs? Current Portland forward Tim Kennedy, who went on to face Turnbull for three seasons with the rival Michigan State Spartans. Turnbull and recently-inked Matt Generous both reported to the Portland in time for their Friday contest at Lowell but did not play.
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Chainshot
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Saturday, April 04, 2009 ×

I like this signing in terms of having some more sand in the pipeline. He plays with emotion and there is nothing wrong with that.

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Anonymous
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Sunday, April 05, 2009 ×

I like the signing. No reason not to take advantage of this market and build up assets for the organization. Good signing and a player who has some potential.

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Kris Baker
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Sunday, April 05, 2009 ×

Turnbull's work ethic stood out when watching UM the past two seasons. He's not a magician with the puck, but he has that game that always puts him down by the paint. Start working on those faceoffs, Travis

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Friday, June 05, 2009 ×

As a wolverine fanatic and watching Travis play over the last four years I can tell you that he has that charisma and passion for the game that you just don't see anymore. His will to win and to do anything necessary for his team is apparent. He will be one of those heart and soul guys for Buffalo in the next couple of years and one of those guys who is going to be around for a long time.I look forward to watching him don the blue and gold of the Sabres!

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