Niagara Gazette

Pro Sports

July 12, 2009

SABRES CAMP REVIEW: Highs and lows from development camp

A week’s worth of Sabres development camp didn’t open a direct window into the upcoming season, but watching the team’s prospects at Niagara University — and getting a chance to talk with coach Lindy Ruff at the camp’s conclusion — did offer a little insight.

Here are some random notes and thoughts after a week spent watching the team before decent crowds at Dwyer Arena:

• GERBE GETTING CLOSE: Nathan Gerbe insists his struggles last season with the Sabres — he registered just a single point in Buffalo through 10 games — came because he played a more defensive style trying to conform to the NHL game.

This year, Gerbe plans on using the gifts that have brought him success first at the college, then at the American Hockey League level.

That means the jitterbug will be at full throttle.

“Maybe last year I tried to be too safe or too defensive,” Gerbe said.

If camp was any indication, Gerbe is ready to make a run at a roster spot. He consistently stood out among his peers, and offensive contributions came as often as they did in Portland last year.

Don’t be surprised if he’s this year’s breakout Sabre.

• MYERS NEEDS WORK: The signing of Steve Montador means 2008 first-round pick Tyler Myers doesn’t have to be ready to step into the Sabres lineup just yet — and that’s probably a good thing.

Myers has all the tools, and the 6-foot-6 rearguard has great wheels with a reach that makes coaches drool. He emerged as the season played out in the Western Hockey League, leading Kelowna to a Memorial Cup appearance.

That said, his camp was average. Myers found himself off-balance against forwards who probably won’t ever sniff an NHL locker room. He is quick and has the skills to play in the league, but he didn’t look NHL-ready through many of the sessions.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Pro Sports
Featured Ads
House Ads
AP Video
Raw: Obama Tours Gyeongbok Palace Swimmer Michael Phelps Back in Competition Raw: Obama Lays Korean War Memorial Wreath Obama Leads Naturalization Ceremony in Seoul Calif. School Bus Crash Hurts Driver, 11 Kids Country Club for Exotic Cars Little Science Behind 'Pollen Vortex' Prediction US Proposes Pay-for-priority Internet Standards Wife Mourns Chicago Doctor Killed in Afghanistan FDA Proposes Regulations on E-cigarettes Kerry Warns Russia of Expensive New Sanctions Mideast Peace Talks Stall on Hamas Deal Cody Walker Remembers His Late Brother Paul Grieving South Korea Puts Up Yellow Ribbons Raw: Kerry Brings His Dog to Work Raw: Girls Survive Car Crash Into Their Bedroom Three U.S. Doctors Killed by Afghan Security Yankees' Pineda Suspended 10 Games for Pine Tar Colleagues Mourn Death of Doctors in Afghanistan Ukraine Launches Operation Against Insurgents
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page