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by Jourdon LaBarber / Buffalo Sabres
(Photo Credit: Bill Wippert)

Eric Cornel, Buffalo's second-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, chats with about his time at Development Camp so far.

It’s been nice coming back to Development Camp for a second time. I think the biggest difference this year is just being familiar with everything – familiar with the expectations and knowing how hard you have to work.

There are guys we see here who we’ve played against in our leagues back in juniors, so you get a little more familiar with those guys too and it’s nice seeing them in the summer.

The days here are not easy. You really have to push yourself and the expectation level and the bar is raised when you come out here from what we’ve all seen before. It’s all about learning. We go through off-ice workouts, we go through seminars. It’s a great opportunity for young guys like me to absorb everything and try to learn new things.

The skills practice today was different. We go through regular coach’s practices all year with more flow drills and line rushes and stuff. When you get an opportunity to work on your skills, it’s something you don’t get weekly during the regular season like you would at a camp like this.

This year, I’m trying to work on my strength on the puck, my explosiveness and getting a little bit more dynamic. I think it’s coming along; I put quite a bit of hard work in this summer and the good thing is I have a couple more months after camp ends here to fine tune things heading into the season.

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