We're underway. Players are here in Buffalo for the first official day of training camp. It's been a busy morning as they're going through fitness testing and physicals.
Tomorrow marks the first practices under new coach Phil Housley, starting with the first of two sessions at 9:15 a.m. at HarborCenter. And they'll play their first preseason game on Monday at home against Carolina. It all moves so fast, doesn't it?
Here's what you need to know.
Fifty-one players have been invited to training camp. It's a good look at where the organization stands as the only players who won't be here are the prospects committed to college or European-league teams. So no Casey Mittelstadt, Rasmus Asplund or Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen to name a few.
But you do have your mix of NHL veterans, players knocking on the door from the American Hockey League, players likely to have a big impact in the AHL or ECHL, Canadian junior hockey league players, and one player (defenseman Cody Goloubef) on a try-out here.
Check out the full camp roster to see what we're talking about.
Yesterday, Kris Baker gave us a brief preview of what we should expect this upcoming season from Buffalo's CHL-eligible prospects: Cliff Pu, Brandon Hagel, Vojtech Budik, Vasily Glotov and Austin Osmanski.
Read the full article here and stay tuned each Monday for Bakes' Sabres Prospects Report. It's a one-stop shop to keep you updated on what's happening in the prospect pipeline.
Storylines to watch
Yesterday, our very own Jourdon LaBarber took a look at some things we'll be looking for during training camp.
Some of the questions may not have definitive answers until we're well into the season.
Who will step up to play on the second and third-line left wing behind Evander Kane? Will it be a veteran like Matt Moulson, Benoit Pouliot or Zemgus Girgensons, or will a young gun like Hudson Fasching or Justin Bailey step up? How quickly will Phil Housley's philosophy take hold with the group, especially when it comes to playing aggressive defense? How deep can Rochester be?
The full story is here.
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On tap today
Videos of today's interviews will be here on Sabres.com. Some are trickling in already. Jourdon will have a written recap and Brian Duff will have a video report for you. See you on the ice tomorrow.
Here's tomorrow's camp schedule:
Friday, Sept. 15
Session one: 9:45 - 10:30 a.m. (KeyBank Rink at HarborCenter)
Session two: 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (KeyBank Rink at HarborCenter)