Archives for June 2007

Reviewing the Sabres’ 2007 Draft Selections

The Sabres made seven selections on Day Two of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. For the first time in recent history, the Sabres selected all North American players including three Americans.

Philadelphia: The next Hockeytown?

'Brennan played with St. John's of the Quebec Junior League last season and displayed enough skills to make him a bona fide prospect. His slap shot has been timed at 97 miles per hour and that's high end even for the NHL. But his expectations are realistic. He's a boy in a man's (6-0, 204 pounds) body. “I'm not going to play in the NHL in the next couple of years,” Brennan said, “but I'm going to do everything I can to get there.”'

Big surprise for little Byron

'"He's a good pick. He's small, but, if he grows into his body –which he has plenty of time to do, he can play in (the NHL)."'

Brennan tops the charts

‘“That’s what I want to consider myself as, someone that makes the other teams say ‘Watch out. He’s carrying the puck.’ ”’

Brennan sees tale of the tape

‘“But what you want to know is if they have a good understanding of who they are, even at a young age. If they’re honest with themselves. You get a sense of their makeup and their acceptance of responsibility and accountability and things like that. It’s interesting. It’s something we’ve really only been doing over the last few years. For most of the guys they get to see some video, they see some good things, they get to see some not so good things and they’re asked to explain what’s happening. I think it’s been helpful.”’

Howell, Brighton standouts drafted

'Eno, who spent last year — what would have been his senior year at Howell — playing for the Green Mountain Glades of the Eastern Junior Hockey League, was taken with the 187th pick overall. That made for a busy day on the phone. "It's the most phone calls I've ever gotten," he laughed. "I left home at about 1 (p.m.), my agent called at 2 to tell me I'd been drafted and my phone hasn't stopped ringing since."'

Buffalo Sabres to give Moorestown's Brennan a shot

'"There were three or four players we had in mind, but Brennan was the guy everyone felt the most comfortable with and wanted the most," Sabres general manager Darcy Regier said.'

Brennan goes first on Day 2

'Both Buffalo general manager Darcy Regier and Brennan said they had good vibes coming out of a pre-draft meeting between team officials and the players. And although the Sabres, who didn’t have a selection in the first round Friday, had considered trading the No. 31 pick to add more selections, Regier told Sabres Television they were more than content to keep the 31st pick when Brennan was still available.'

Five Stampede players drafted by NHL

'Tropp was also selected in the third round (89th overall) by the Buffalo Sabres. Tropp was the leading scorer for the Herd last season, posting 62 points (26g, 36a) in 54 games. He also led the Herd in playoff scoring with 13 points (4g, 9a) in eight games while leading the Stampede to their first ever Clark Cup Championship. He will attend Michigan State University this fall.'

Destinations determined

‘“It’s a real honor,” said Eidsness, who learned about the pick via cell phone while on the golf course. “It’s going to be a very good challenge for me.”’

Sabres’ silence deafening

‘The general impression is Buffalo GM Darcy Regier is dragging his feet with Briere and Drury. He hasn’t shown representatives for either of the club’s top two players any willingness to make an offer. Surely, the Sabres are going to make an effort this week to keep either Drury or Briere. They’ve been afraid to say anything publicly because they don’t want to look like they’re choosing one guy or insulting anybody.’

Briere inching closer to free agency; Sabres yet to make an offer

‘Without ruling out the possibility of re-signing with Buffalo, Briere’s agent, Pat Brisson, said Saturday the chances are increasing that his client will test the market once NHL free agency opens July 1. “It’s different now,” Brisson said, noting this is Briere’s first opportunity to be an unrestricted free agent. “We’ll see. It’s getting closer and closer.”‘

Sabres begin their Draft Weekend with two blueliners

‘After waiting on the sidelines of Day One of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, the Buffalo Sabres used their first two picks – both in the second round – to select two defensemen.’

Additonal Sabres Draft Pick Coverage

T.J. Brennan:

Moorestown’s Brennan emerges as top prospect (Philadelphia Daily News)

Forget cap and gown, Brennan NHL bound (Cherry Hill Courier Post)

Moorestown’s Brennan gets crash course in NHL (Cherry Hill Courier Post)

Brennan’s ‘freaking out,’ but that’s a good thing (St. John’s Telegram)

Drew Schiestel:

The dream (Hamilton Spectator)

Sabres selction in 2007 NHL entry draft

'I think he has tremendous upside," said general manager Darcy Regier. "Our scouts watched a lot of video on him and really like his style of play."'