One of the top priorities for general manager Kevyn Adams during his first offseason was to add a bonafide second-line center behind Jack Eichel. The Sabres got their man in September, acquiring Eric Staal from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Marcus Johansson.
Staal - who ranks in the top 10 among active players in games played (7th), goals (6th), and points (8th) - instantly stood out for his veteran presence upon arriving at training camp.
"Eric has just come into this responsibility and this challenge with an unbelievably hungry mindset," Krueger said following the second practice of camp. "You can feel he wants something to happen here and he believes something's gonna happen here, and he wants to be a part of it.
"You don't feel the age at all in his spirit, and that's important. So, we get the experience, we get the know-how, we get the underlining of the culture that we want here. We like to treat people right. We like that human element to be on the right level, and Eric, he is that in every way, shape, or form."
Here is a look at the centerman entering 2020-21.