Friday, July 13, 2012

Other notes from the 2012 Sabres Development Camp scrimmage

Lindy Ruff summed up the 2012 Sabres Development Camp like this after the scrimmage last night, "I think we've got maybe as heavy a load of talent as we've had. Some real good skill, some good size. We've got some good skill on the back end and up front and I think we saw some of that talent there in the scrimmage."

In addition to the obvious, the play of Jamie Wise, and the NHL-look of goalie Linus Ullmark, there were some other players that had an interesting scrimmage.

D Jerome Gauthier-Leduc "of Earl"--a 2010 3rd-round pick (#68-overall) has some speed and quickness on the back-end, almost Maxim Afinogenov-type shiftiness. For 6'4" and 192 lbs. he's a pretty shifty player. He can get that puck up ice and make some moves plus, as his 28 goals in 62 games for Rimouski attests to, he can finish. "JGL" still has a ways to go, but he'll be one to keep an eye on.

G Nathan Leiuwen--The Rochester Americans recently re-signed their starting goalie, David Leggio and they let Drew MacIntyre walk so up for grabs is the back-up position in Rochester. In the duel of the back-ups with Connor Knapp, Leiuwen looks more pro-ready, his movements are much smoother than Knapp's and seems pretty confident. At 6'5" he has the size, and he has plenty of junior experience with the Kelowna Rockets. It will be interesting to see what a little fine-tuning and pro experience does for him.

G Mark Guggenberger--Nothing Dominator-like in the save department, but, after reviewing video, noteworthy because he always seemed to come up with the save. Not bad for an invitee.

F Fredrick Roy--Feisty like his father, Hall-of-Fame goaltender Patrick. He has one gear, "go!" Got himself a couple of assists last night. Although he clocks in at 5'10" and 160 lbs, he definitely has the chutzpah, as well as some definitive skills, to make a strong push for an AHL team. Will it be Rochester? Wouldn't be bad having that bloodline on the roster, especially with a player who doesn't take it for granted.

F Zemgus Girgensons--Everything that's been said about his is that when he latches on to something, he will not let it go. It would seem as if he's latched on to the thought of playing in the NHL this season. That will depend upon training camp, but word on the street is that he will forego the University of Vermont and sign a pro contract with the Sabres. Oh, and he's got some skill too:


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And finally, ya gotta hand it to F Jacob Lagace. The 2008 5th-round pick (#134-overall) was planted into the boards by Corey Tropp (I believe) on a boarding penalty that Brendan Shanahan would have reviewed.

Lagace got to his skates, obviously in a lot of pain and took the penalty shot. And he scored. And then wiped-out.

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More from WGR:  http://wgr550.com/Wise--Girgensons-lead-Blue-to-7-3-win-over-Gold/13706888

Girgensons signs:  http://sabres.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=637872&navid=DL|BUF|home

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