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Sharpen Up: June 18, 2019

Here's what you need to know on Tuesday

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

Draft Week rolls on. Round 1 will begin Friday night from Vancouver. will be on location for full coverage starting tomorrow. 

And we're already looking ahead to beyond the draft. The organization's annual development camp presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York will kick off on June 26 at Harborcenter.

Here's what you need to know.


Development camp schedule

The camp will feature current Sabres prospects, including players selected at the 2019 NHL Draft. Attendees will take part in both on-ice and off-ice workouts. All on-ice sessions will be held at Harborcenter.

On-ice sessions from June 26 to 28 are free and open to the public. Admittance will be on a first-come, first-served basis and not guaranteed. 

The French Connection Tournament, an intra-squad 3-on-3 tournament, will highlight the final day of camp on Saturday, June 29, beginning at 10:45 a.m. The tournament will be a ticketed event. Tickets will be made available exclusively for 2019-20 season ticket holders. Tickets will be free and limited to two per account. Season ticket holders for the 2019-20 season will receive an email on Monday, June 24 to claim their tickets. Tickets will be limited and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

The French Connection Tournament will be streamed live on and on our official social media platforms. 

The goals of the camp are to introduce prospective players to professional work habits and organizational standards. The players will have an opportunity to become familiar with the team and the resources available to them through the Sabres development staff and performance team.

The full schedule of on-ice workouts open to the public at Harborcenter is below. All times are subject to change and any updates will be posted at

Wednesday, June 26
First Session: 1 to 2 p.m.
Second Session: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 27
First Session: 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.
Second Session: 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Friday, June 28
First Session: 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.
Second Session: 12 to 1 p.m.

Saturday, June 29
French Connection Tournament: 10:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


Draft Preview!

The Sabres hold the seventh and 31 st picks in the first round on Friday. Sit back and watch as Brian Duff and Martin Biron guide you through the options at 7:

Video: Who could the Sabres pick 7th overall?

We also took a look at center Trevor Zegras, NHL Central Scouting's sixth-ranked North American skater, who could be available with the seventh-overall pick on Friday.

USNTDP forward (and projected No. 1 pick) Jack Hughes on Zegras: "He's an unbelievable talent, the way he can move the puck. He kind of prides himself on the way he moves it. I mean, he's a really easy player to play with knowing that the puck's going to be on your tape and you're going to be able to score. I love playing with him because of how creative he is."

NHL Central Scouting Services director Dan Marr on Zegras: "He's got personality to his game and he's one of these high-character players on the ice where he can rise to the occasion and he wants the puck, he wants to score, he wants to be in on the play. He goes out there and makes things happen. He's a player that forces you to notice him … He jumps out and pops at you every game."

The full article (including highlights) can be found here.

Be sure to check out the other draft profiles we've compiled so far:

Kirby Dach - Central Scouting's No. 3 Skater (North America)
Alex Turcotte - Central Scouting's No. 4 Skater (North America)
Dylan Cozens - Central Scouting's No. 5 Skater (North America)
Cole Caufield - Central Scouting's No. 8 Skater (North America)
Matthew Boldy - Central Scouting's No. 9 Skater (North America)

What could the Sabres do at 31 and beyond? We'll have that for you later today.

For more on Sabres general manager Jason Botterill's strategy heading into draft weekend, check out this story from

"It's crucial that across the entire draft that we can find players," Botterill said. "You look at free agent lists and everything and there's certainly some very quality players from a free agent standpoint, but there's just not the depth; teams are doing a great job of wrapping up players longer term. The draft is where you bring skill into your organization. I love the collaboration of our amateur staff and I think they're certainly on the right path."

"…It's such a different draft compared to the NFL or the NBA just because it's a projection of six years, especially some of these later round picks spending a couple of years in junior or spending three or four years in college or Europe and then coming to the minors.

"That's what we really stress, making sure that it's not just, 'Hey, who's [going to] be the best player next year.' It's who's going to be the best player four, five, six years down the road."

You can read the full story here.


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