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Buffalo Sabres Prospects Look to Gain Seasoning in College Hockey Ranks

July 20th, 2014 at 12:15 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

The NHL is increasingly seeing its young stars emerge from the college ranks, and the Buffalo Sabres hope to be a part of that trend. 

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Several of their top prospects who took part in last week's development camp are returning to the college ranks in 2014-15. Most agree that the NCAA allows them to gain experience and learn about what it takes to compete at upper levels of hockey.

"I've settles more into a role as a power forward," said Hudson Fasching, whose Minnesota Golden Gophers lost in last season's championship game. "We've got a good team. I want to go back and make a run."

As a freshman last year, Fasching scored 14 goals and 16 assists in 40 games. He said the college game has helped him figure out the type of player he wants to be on the ice.

The same goes for West Seneca native Sean Malone. He was the Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Year in 2013-14, scoring six goals and 14 assists with Harvard. He feels the all-around aspects of college life will help his NHL development going forward:

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Buffalo Sabres Hold High Hopes as Development Camp Wraps

July 19th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

The Buffalo Sabres' development camp made quite an impression on its participants, some of whom won't be back at the First Niagara Center for 12 more months.

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Forty-one prospects took part. The camp gave entry-level players and unsigned draft picks a taste of the team's culture. After a horrid 2013-14 season, some people might think that's not such a good thing. But the potential future Sabres completely disagree.

"I came out there, and there's so much talent on the ice," said Taylor Fasching, whom the Sabres acquired last season from the Los Angeles Kings and who's returning for his sophomore season at the University of Minnesota. "I like the atmosphere out there. There's a lot of competition. It's a lot of fun."

Sabres fans also had fun. Nearly 15,000 attended at least a portion of the camp, including more than 8,700 who were at Tuesday's scrimmage. This week's crowds set an event record.

"Since we moved development camp to the First Niagara Center three years ago, it has quickly become a signature off-season event for our fans," Sabres President Ted Black said. "There is so much interest and excitement surrounding the Sabres prospects right now, especially with our present and future high draft picks."

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Buffalo Sabres Prospects Bring Attitude to Organization as Development Camp Comes to an End

July 18th, 2014 at 8:02 PM
By Anthony Custode Jr

The purpose of the Development Camp for the Buffalo Sabres is to help groom the young talent they have and mold it into a cohesive unit.

After the camp has ended, it's clear that the prospect pool has plenty of attitude.

After last season's debacle, the Sabres locker room had a dark, losing vibe to it, and apparently the young prospects didn't care for that atmosphere. There have been reports of physical play and tough competitions throughout the camp, whether it was Rasmus Ristolainen or Brendan Lemieux throwing the body around or Mikhail Grigorenko showing extreme progression. The young Sabres and Sabres-to-be are already tired of losing, and the future appears to be bright with the young core they are molding. Even Hudson Fasching, who just finished his freshman year at the University of Minnesota, said that he could appreciate the competitive nature of the camp and the talent he was up against.

The Sabres may have a season or two left of suffering through growing pains, but once the younger players gain the experience they need, the Sabres will be a force in the NHL for a long time.

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Buffalo Sabres Re-Sign Forward Tyler Ennis

July 17th, 2014 at 10:59 PM
By Mike Matisz

The Buffalo Sabres announced Thursday that the team has re-signed forward Tyler Ennis to a multi-year contract.

While the team has not disclosed the term of the contract, it has been reported that the contract is for five seasons and $23 million. 

Ennis is a former first round pick by the Sabres (26th overall) in the 2008 Entry Draft. Since being drafted, Ennis has played in five seasons for the Sabres and had signed a two-year contract in 2012.

The team rewarded Ennis who led the Sabres with 21 goals and was second on the team in points with 43. Ennis appeared in 80 games and was one of the few bright spots during a dismal season.

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Buffalo Sabres Prospect Brendan Lemieux Looks to Make a Name for Himself – and Only Himself

July 16th, 2014 at 11:15 AM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101
Buffalo Sabres prospect Brendan Lemieux is used to the comparison.

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