Kevyn Adams and his staff had added 13 players to the organization over 48 hours by the time the Buffalo Sabres general manager sat down with the media after Day 2 of the NHL Draft on Tuesday.
The weekend represented a step in the direction Adams has outlined since the end of the season, with an emphasis on bringing in competitive players who fit within a long-term vision.
"We need to create a culture here and a foundation that is strong and that is almost one of those situations where they get up in the morning, they just can't wait to get to the rink," Adams said. "… It's so easy to say, but it's hard to do.
"But I've said this probably since the season ended when I talked to [the media]. I see signs of it, and that excites me. The foundation of our organization has to be built the right way, has to be strong. And I think we took huge steps this weekend."