Development Camp details announced

Written By Kris Baker on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 | 7/03/2012

The Sabres have announced details for their annual development camp, which is set to run from Sunday July 8th through Friday the 13th at First Niagara Center. Workouts will be open to the public on Monday through Wednesday between 10:00-12:30 (all times tentative), while simulated game action will take place with a Blue/Gold scrimmage on Thursday at 6:00 PM.

From the Sabres press release:

The camp will feature approximately 38 Sabres prospects, including the team’s 2012 NHL Draft picks, all of whom are scheduled to participate in the six-day camp. The players will take part in both on-ice and off-ice workouts.  The goals of the camp are to show prospective players the fundamental ideas of the Sabres’ playing system and expose them to the conditioning programs of an NHL player. Camp participants will also study and examine NHL rules and the successful techniques a player must possess to become a professional athlete. 



The list of attendees is headlined by a trio of first round picks who get to show their skills in front of fans for the very first time.  Freshly inked Joel Armia (2011) was unable to attend last year's camp just weeks after being drafted but will make the trip for his initial NHL exposure, while the 2012 duo of Mikhail Grigorenko and Zemgus Girgensons will also share the ice with their peers.

In addition to the entire 2011 and 2012 draft classes, three players from 2010, Mark Pysyk, Jerome Gauthier-Leduc, and Kevin Sundher, will also be skating as a prelude to their first pro seasons in Rochester. Nathan Lieuwen, who missed last season's d-camp while recovering from a hernia operation, will be in nets this go round as he prepares for his rookie year.

Three RFAs, T.J. Brennan, Alex Biega, and Drew Schiestel, have paid their entry-level dues and will not participate.

The published roster is rounded off with invites Frederick Roy (Quebec - QMJHL), MacKenzie Braid (Sudbury - OHL), Kyle Jean (Lake Superior State - CCHA), Kevin Czuczman (Lake Superior State - CCHA), and Mark Guggenberger (Texas - CHL).

7 comments:

Dave said...

Kyle Jean was at the Rangers camp this week and has signed with them so he won't be attending the Sabres one.

cheese14 said...

DONT invite a guy named Roy!
PLEASE!!

Anonymous said...

Kris - any chance of getting the Sabres to cough up the real measurements of the players. Most of these guys are a year older etc. For instance, I have a tough time believing that McNabb is still 6'4" and 210 lbs.

Anonymous said...

Love your work can't wait to see your review of D Camp

Anonymous said...

New fav Sabre is Girgensons... after seeing him at the D Camp a couple of times and the goal he scored in the scrimmage tonight it seems like he's got more skill than people have been saying. I can't wait for a couple of years!

Anonymous said...

On Girgensons, couldnt help but notice his facial expressions when he tried delivering a hit at the scrimmage... he plays with the fire the Sabres have been missing. Also, Armia - good skater, made some nice plays and plays with a lot of confidence. Grigorenko - sick hands. Leduc - has offensive skills no defenseman can match. The Italians Varone and Catenacci have good puck skills and speed - makes you content with undersized centermen. Foligno - is a presence and force on the ice unlike any Sabre since Mike Peca (his favorite player growing up if I am not mistaken). McNabb is the same way on the blueline. Camp invite Wise goes without saying - pretty cool the way they said he has a little Kaleta in him. Also, Guttenburger made some nice stops. I hope for good things out of Lepkowski, and would have liked to have seen Brady Austin.

Anonymous said...

****on Leduc - was referring to within the Sabres' developmental system above

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