Clock ticks for Byron, Allard

With the 5PM June 1st signing deadline looming, SabresProspects has been fielding many questions surrounding the future of 2007 QMJHL draftees Paul Byron and J.S. Allard. If both players do not come to terms with the Sabres, they will re-enter the June draft as 20-year olds. While direct attempts to reach the forwards have not been returned, the information we have received suggests that both parties are talking with the Sabres. As of now, the club doesn't appear to be walking away from either player like they did last May when informing Benjamin Breault that he wasn't part of their future plans. A point producer in his own regard, there were rumored to be other mitigating factors guiding the Sabres decision. In 2008-09, the speedy Byron finished 4th in Q scoring (99 points) on the heels of a 21-goal playoff run that helped Gatineau earn a 2008 Memorial Cup appearance. Byron will no doubt use his performance as a negotiating ploy despite concerns that his 5'10, 170-pound frame may limit his effectiveness, and push him to the outside against bigger, stronger professional players. This posturing could theoretically go on until Monday. After a draft-day trade from Montreal to Quebec, Allard had a flat year statistically with 16 goals and 56 points after a 60-point campaign the season before. Allard isn't very physical, but he plays smart and possesses plenty of two-way upside in his 6'2, 193-pound body to make him a quality depth player for Portland to work with. Stay tuned to this space for updates as they become available.
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DOUG
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Friday, May 29, 2009 ×

zagrapan, byron and allard. what a waste. the one thing regeir is consistant with when drafting. NO MOXIE!!

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Friday, May 29, 2009 ×

Doug i am confused why byron and allard are being lumped with zagrapan. If you want to make a point say persson, another first round draft pick who no one currently expects much of... is soft for a dman... and was drafted under the regeir era. Byron is a playmaker/scorer/leader with tons of moxie who just happens to be a bit small and was drafted in the 6th round.

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Friday, May 29, 2009 ×

just get it done !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Anonymous
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Friday, May 29, 2009 ×

Thanks for the update Kris. You are our first and only source of info on prospects most of the time. If need be, they could always switch Byron to forward. With that scoring prowess, imagine what he'd do as a forward. Don't know about Allard, but Byron is hopeful.

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Anonymous
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Friday, May 29, 2009 ×

Is he a forward or a dman? I read both in different places.

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Anonymous
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Friday, May 29, 2009 ×

Byron is a forward.

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Anonymous
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Saturday, May 30, 2009 ×

byron signs

http://www.sportsjuniors.com/?p=7082

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Anonymous
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Saturday, May 30, 2009 ×

Knew Zags was a wasted pick from the moment his name was called. It is a complete shame we never called him up once and took at look just to see what he could do. To think, we were one of what, four clubs, who had the best shot at Sid the kid in that draft, instead we grab a total bust.

Hope Allard is signed. He has size and a solid two way game. i like having lots of talent in the pipeline and the Sabres rarely come close to the allotted 50 signed players. Perhaps they may this year.

krt88

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Sunday, May 31, 2009 ×

I'm guessing, since it's almost 8:00, that Allard will be thrown on the scrap pile. A three year entry deal wouldn't cost all that much, so I'd throw him a bone but perhaps the Sabres see little upside.

krt88

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