A hit on ice, Kassian owns bench as well

The Sabres set a proper tone for their future by selecting bruising forward Zack Kassian at #13 last June, and it appears the prized pupil is primed to produce. The 6'3 ox arrived in Peterborough this week, giving every young player a lesson in fitness training by pressing 155 pounds a whopping 38 times. His performance, a new Petes record, is an extension of his impressive 16-rep output of 150 pounds back at May's NHL combine. Last season, the intimidating Kassian scored 24 goals while spending over two-and-a half hours in the Petes penalty box. His demeanor and ability in tight fills a dire need in the upper ranks of the Sabres prospect stable. A productive start this fall will better his candidacy to crack the Canadian World Jr. roster, but for now consider him on track. The Petes open their 2009 pre-season on Sunday against Oshawa. Also from the OHL, Sudbury's Marcus Foligno scored a goal and an assist as Team Blue lost the annual Blue/White scrimmage, 3-2. The gritty Foligno, expected to contribute among names like Eric O'Dell (STL), John McFarland ('10), and Jared Staal (PHX), showed some offensive flair by flashing a no-look, behind-the-back pass to set-up his club's second goal. Foligno has come out flying in a week when his father and former Sabre, Mike, announced that he is stepping down from the Wolves bench. The elder Foligno will remain GM, but will be attending to family duties a months after losing his wife Janis to cancer. Nick Crawford sat out as Saginaw lost their pre-season opener to Plymouth, 7-2. The veteran scored a goal in the first Blue/White scrimmage on Thursday. In the QMJHL, Maxime Legault saw his first pre-season action on Friday as Shawinigan lost a 4-1 decision to Lewiston. The 6'2 right wing dropped the gloves with Eric Bonawitz in the bumpy second period, earning the extra misconduct along the way. Cape Breton forward Luke Adam has yet to see exhibition ice with his new team, while Chicoutimi's Jacob Lagacé did not dress in any games last week. In the WHL, Tyler Ennis is not on the Medicine Hat's training camp roster. While he is eligible to return to the Dub, the Tigers don't expect him back. Turning 20 in October, Ennis should be signed and lined for Portland by the start of training camp. Kelowna's Tyler Myers continues to practice as he readies himself for a second pro run. He did not play in either of Kelowna's weekend losses to Chilliwack. Kootenay defenseman Brayden McNabb will skate in the club's annual Intrasquad game for charity Sunday at 3:00. The Ice won't engage with another club until Friday (vs. Calgary).
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Monday, August 31, 2009 ×

what happen to gerbe

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Anonymous
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Monday, August 31, 2009 ×

Gerbe's in Portland. These are prospects.
Except Myers. He could either stay with the big club or be returned to jrs.

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Monday, August 31, 2009 ×

He will be returned to JRs.

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Monday, August 31, 2009 ×

I think anon 12:23 was referring to the "gerbe is still dizzy" from Kris' twitter. I'd like to know what happened to him myself.

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Monday, August 31, 2009 ×

I don't think Myers' age, weight, or ability would have much to do with him going back to JRs. It was unlike the Sabres to sign a guy early, and they were vocal about how blown away they were by his play (with all stats skyrocketing). If he does return, it'll be because they'll be no room for him on the roster. Plus Weber could be in his way. Lydman will still be turning the puck over, and Tallinder will still be afraid to take a hit. It wouldn't be so bad to see Myers or Weber in the line-up, and watch our future shutdown guys.

What the hell are they going to do at forward cuz we're loaded right now?

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Kris Baker
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Wednesday, September 02, 2009 ×

Sorry. I had a vision of Kassian picking Gerbe up over his head and pressing him repeatedly.

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Anonymous
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Thursday, September 03, 2009 ×

Alright I want to ask you flat out Kris, who do you think is likely to make the team (if we end up freeing up space): Gogulla, Kennedy, or Gerbe? I'd like it to come down to Gogulla or Kennedy, but then again we don't have Max or Ales, so we have a spot for a pure-offensive forward in Gerbe.

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Kris Baker
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Monday, September 07, 2009 ×

5:51 - I would still give Gerbe a very, very slight leg up over Kennedy, but they are essentially equals. Gerbe is the better shooter no doubt, but Kennedy can get down lower with it and is the better playmaker. Gogulla would have to knock it out of the park to stick in the AHL, so I'd expect him to earn a shot after some AHL time.

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Kris Baker
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Wednesday, September 09, 2009 ×

re my 5:51 - meant to say Gogulla has to knock it out of the park to stick in NHL (not AHL).

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