New York Hockey Journal - August 2016 - 14
Michael Peca and son
Trevor savor FHL summer.
By Dave Ricci
very player had a
camp - a certain
strength to their
game or trait they felt helped
set them apart from the pack.
The common thread was
they all wanted to impress the
Buffalo Sabres brass. Enough,
hopefully, to where they can be
wearing blue and gold on a fulltime basis come October.
Forty-three players hit the ice
when the Buffalo Sabres held
their development camp at HarborCenter from July 6-12. This
marked the first time the Sabres
held camp at HarborCenter,
because the ice was removed
at First Niagara Center for the
NHL Entry Draft in late June.
Whether it was their first
rookie camp with the Sabres or
they were a returnee, each player's mission was simple: Know
who you are as a player and
show the coaches what you can
bring to the table.
"Just that I can play here in
the NHL," said forward Evan
Rodrigues, who turned 23 on
July 28. "I'm obviously here as
one of the older guys. I'm looking to be a leader at this camp.
I'm just going to come in every
day and work as hard as I can,
like I have been, and continue
to prove myself."
A former linemate of Jack
Eichel's while the two were together at Boston University, Rodrigues played 72 games for the
AHL's Rochester Americans last
season. He scored nine goals and
21 assists for the Amerks. Suiting
up for the Sabres in two games
last season, Rodrigues knows development camp is the first major
step in trying to secure a bigger
role in the organization. But he
also knows that every player is
trying to do just the same.
"I think it is my work ethic
and my (hockey) smarts, the
way I go about the game" Rodrigues said of his positive
traits. "Going into this summer I worked on my skating,
worked on my shooting, and
that's something I'll continue
to do for the next two months.
Then when September comes
I'll come in full force trying to
make this team."
Players are basically equal
when it comes to having the
chance to prove themselves, but
2016 sabres devo camp brings a div
Top left, Evan Rodrigues celebrates
his first NHL goal vs. the Islanders
on April 9. Top right, Hudson
Fasching preps for his first NHL game
on March 26 vs. Winnipeg. Above,
Justin Bailey in action for the
Rochester Americans. Far right,
Rodrigues takes to the ice on Oct. 8
at First Niagara Center. Development
camp photos, from left: Bailey and
Rodrigues; Fasching; 2016 firstrounder Alexander Nylander;
Fasching and Brendan Guhle; Bailey.
some are a little more prepared
than others on the mental side
of preparing for the rigors of
Alexander Nylander, the Sabres' 2016 first-round pick, had
a leg up on most of the others.
14 NEw YORK HOCKEY JOURNAL August 2016
The son of former NHLer Michael Nylander, who played
920 games for seven different
teams, Alexander was wellschooled as to what the de-
velopment camp experience
would be like. He said the best
advice came from his brother
William, who has gone through
two Toronto Maple Leaf devel-
"I've been expecting this,"
Alexander said. "It's sort of
what my brother went through
with the Leafs. He told me what
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