2/21 Recap: MacKenzie nabs star

Matt MacKenzie played even to earn the game's #3 star Monday as Tri-City lost to rival Spokane, 5-1. The Ams offense could only muster 10 shots on goal in the final forty minutes while MacKenzie showed good poise and effort in his own end to earn the nod from the local voters.

In the OHL, Zack Kassian saw his six-game point streak come to an end as Windsor was stopped by London, 3-2. Kassian, who skated the majority of his shifts with Stephen Johnston and Kenny Ryan, had collected 3+7 over the stretch to boost his season totals to 24-45-69.

Gregg Sutch did not play as Mississauga continued to sputter with a 5-2 loss to Kitchener. Sutch, who has made less of an impact since suffering a head injury at the same time that talented Russian Maxin Kitsyn joined the club, was one of just Majors skaters to not register a point in Sunday's thumping of Niagara.
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Dave
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Thursday, February 24, 2011 ×

Hey KB, just wondering if you have any thoughts on what the stated commitment from new ownership could do in regards to the Sabres scouting? Europe, Tier II, more eyes doing more viewing?

And does this mean they become a bigger player in the NCAA UFA market now that they could throw a bit more scratch at guys up front? Opportunity plays a part, certainly, but money talks. Sorry to go off topic, looking for your insight as always.

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Kris Baker
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Friday, February 25, 2011 ×

Dave - no such thing as off topic!

Re: scouting, it's all about more eyes on the prize and building a new structure to support them.

Europe - yes
CHL/USHL/USHS/NCAA - all yes

I think you'll see the Sabres become a more robust department from start-to-finish, and get deeper intelligence even in spaces where they already scout well (AHL, as an example).

I don't think the NCAA UFA activity will change much. Buffalo will continue to be a player, and the guys that are worth offering will always get max dollars and go to the place they have the best chance to play. I look at the Sabres lack of center depth and a player like Andy Miele. Regardless of size, he's a good fit for the Sabres, and even with Quinn/Golisano, I think Regier would have spent to the cap if the right player came along for them.

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Anonymous
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Saturday, February 26, 2011 ×

Could we also see another undrafted goaltender signing? Or do they take a chance on Eidsness backing up Leggio next year after Enroth steps up? I'm sure it's more rare with college goaltenders, but it would be cool if Knapp decided to make an early college exit, giving Portland two really different style goaltenders next year (not that it matters 'cuz they're doing just fine with the little guys in net). He could probably play CLOSE to the amount of games he's playing now, but is he ready to play against men at the AHL level?

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Kris Baker
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Saturday, February 26, 2011 ×

12:45 - always possible to see an undrafted guy come in. Pat Nagle from Ferris State comes to mind. 6'3 and has been good at every level.

I don't see any pressure for them to sign Eno for Portland, so he's probably ECHL bound.

Eidsness and Knapp can both go back, yes. I think if Reichard's agent had gotten him a pro deal last offseason - giving Knapp the majority of the starts for Miami this season - then we'd have seen Knapp as a lock for Portland next year.

He's been very good at times this year just not sharp the whole way through. I still consider it >50% that they think about bringing him out after this year though based on need and coach-ability. His movement has improved a bit over last year, and that's a good sign. Let's see how Miami ends up.

Goalies need to be mentally sharp and it's hard to get trained for a pro gig when you're not playing. I'm ruling out Eidsness altogether based on that, and am beginning to doubt his overall legitimacy moving forward. Very likable player, but didn't come out and take command.

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Dave
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Monday, February 28, 2011 ×

Nagle's someone of interest. What's your take on Muse from BC?

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Kris Baker
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Monday, February 28, 2011 ×

Muse is a little on the smallish side. He's won at BC, but the norm is for bigger goalies now...

Last year's crop was decent with Talbot, Stewart, Scrivens...Talbot and Stewart went right to the A for brief stints.

I mention these guys because Portland will need a goalie if the Sabres make the playoffs. Enroth is a must to back-up Miller so I hope they're looking for someone to pair with Leggio if it plays out that way...

I still think we'll end up seeing Knapp...

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