Today is the last day of Sabres Prospect Development Camp. All week the Sabres top prospects were ran through on and off ice drills. Every morning they woke up and worked with the Navy SEALS off ice and had a on ice practice open to the public. Last night in front of 5,000 Sabres fans at the First Niagara Center the highlight of the week the Blue and Gold scrimmage showcased the future for the Sabres. The line of Armia-Grigorenko-Girgensons was the main attraction of the night, but they were not the ones who shined the brightest this week. I am basing my assements off of what I read about the practices and what I saw in the Blue and Gold Scrimmage last night.
Jamie Wise- I have to start off with the 1st star of the scrimmage last night. Wise had a hattrick for the Blue team in their 7-3 thumping of the Gold team. I don't have a ton of information on Wise because he was a camp invite on a try out basis and wasn't even listed on the roster that was handed out last night. Ruff described Wise as having a little Kaleta in him. He was hitting everything that moved, but he also showed a scoring touch last night. Wise will probably get a contract and play in Rochester next season.
Frederick Roy-F-Quebec Remparts- Frederick is the son of NHL great Patrick Roy. Roy is also in camp on a try out basis. Last year in juniors he put up 92 points playing on a line with Grigorenko. I would say Roy is probably the biggest surprise of the camp this year. He is only listed at 5'10, but still makes me wonder how he did not get drafted. Last night he was all over the ice playing on a line with 2012 3rd round pick Justin Kea and Jamie Wise. Roy would later get a few shifts with Armia and Grigorenko. He looked fast and played with a physical side last night. Like Wise, Roy will probably get a contract and play in Rochester next season.
Marcus Foligno-RW- He just looked like a man amongst boys last night and all camp long. He has put on more size and looks faster. He was all over the ice night hitting anything in his way and showing a lot of skill as well. He really seized the opportunity this camp to take up a leadership role for the younger players. Foligno could be wearing the C for the Sabres in a few years with the leadership ability he showcased this week. I am predicting a big season for Foligno this season in his first full NHL season.
Joel Armia-LW-Assat- Sabres fans had their first live look at Armia this week in camp. His has silky smooth hands that he showcased over and over again all week, as well in the game last night. To my surprise he also showed a willingness to throw his body around. Cannot wait for him to begin his pro career next year.
Zegmus Girgensons-RW/C-USHL- One of the Sabres first round picks this season also made a good impression at camp this week. Such a good impression that the Sabres signed him to his entry level contract and he will not go to the Univeristy of Vermont this year. He had best looking goal of the night last night with a slick move on Nathan Lieuwen. As of right now I say Big Z has a better chance at making the team out of camp over Grigorenko.
Jerome-Gauthier-Leduc-D-Remuski- Leduc has a ton of potential on the Sabres blue line. He brings a Kris Letang type dynamic. He had 70+ points last season in 60 games in the QMJHL. He skates extremly well and has size. He showed off his excellent passing last night as well as his ability to get up in the offense and create. He put up two assists in last nights game. Super excited about his potential.
Kevin Sundher-C-OHL-Sundher struggled in the second half of last season in juniors. He also was not impressive during the scrimmage or during the week in general. Last night he looked nervous with the puck and had a couple bad turnover. He will start the season in Rochester and has to make improvments on his game to be in line for a call up.
Luke Adam-F- Adam wasn't terrible last night, but I expected him to stand out more. He played on a line with Tropp and Hodgson, that line in general didn't do a lot to impress. Of the three Hodgson was the most noticeable. Adam is starting to build a habit of disappearing during games. If he wants a roster spot this season he needs to step it up. It also seems the experiment with Adam at center has ended. He played wing last year in the AHL and all this week in camp.
Linus Ulmark-G-Modo (jr.)- Now to be fair the kid is 18 and only played two games at the Swedish Elite League Modo, the rest of his season was for the junior team. However last night showed he still has a lot of work ahead of him if he wants to have any NHL career. Perhaps a lot to ask for from a 6th round pick, but he does show potential with good movement side to side and patience in the shootout.
Some other noteable names worth metioning are Dan Catenacci, who showed excellent speed and skill. The former second round pick reminds me a little of Tyler Ennis. Corey Fienhage was very physical and solid in his own zone. He is worth keeping an eye on in Rochester. Mikhail Grigorenko showed he has the skill, size, and speed to play in the NHL. However he didn't stand out until the shootout with a nifty move, but at the same time he wasn't a let down either.