Arttu Ruotsalainen left his first NHL training camp last fall with a clear set of guidelines on how to continue to prepare for a full-time move to the North American game.
"The biggest thing we talked with Arttu about was trying to continue to play at a high pace," Buffalo Sabres assistant general manager Steve Greeley said. "Play with speed, attack with speed. And then we talked with him about the details - making sure he's working on his faceoffs, making sure he's working on his wall play.
"Arttu had an excellent camp. What we wanted when he had to go back to Finland was just making sure that he continued to make the steps that we thought he was capable of. I think beyond the offensive numbers, we saw improvement in several areas of his game."