Archives for June 2008

Sabres’ selection no big surprise to Adam

‘The Sabres should have a very good read on Adam, since two of his teammates on the QMJHL’s St. John’s Fog Devils last season — Jean-Simon Allard and T.J. Brennan — had been 2007 draft picks of Buffalo, meaning that Sabres scout Al MacAdam, a former coach of the AHL’s St. John’s Maple Leafs, had been paying close attention to the Foggies over the winter.’

Sabres&#8217 youngsters to get taste

‘At least 30 prospects will gather at Niagara University for the seven-day camp that begins Wednesday. It’s designed to teach players how to be pros on and off the ice.’

Myers, 6-7, might have been Texas hoopster

‘Although 6-7 Buffalo Sabres draft pick Tyler Myers started his hockey career in a Texas youth league, he wonders if he might be playing in a different arena if he hadn’t moved to Canada. "If I hadn’t made the move, I would be holding a basketball right now down in Texas," Myers said, laughing.’

Sabres pick Jokinen

‘Esse believes Jokinen, who signed a scholarship tender with Minnesota State-Mankato and will play for the Mavericks this fall, will fit in nicely when he eventually joins the Sabres organization.’

Adam’s shuffling off to Buffalo

‘Adam wasn’t surprised at being selected by the Sabres. They had been in contact with him before the draft and were no doubt very familiar with the young centre – Buffalo had drafted two of Adam’s St. John’s Fog Devils teammates – Jean-Simon Allard and T. J. Brennan – in 2007.’

Paper trail led Sabres to Myers

‘“It’s fun when you feel that things work out,” Regier said Saturday after the Sabres picked the last of their eight prospects. “It’s important for us to pay to get Myers [giving up a 2009 third-round pick to move up from No. 13], just because of the drop we thought [there was]. There’s still very good players after Myers, but we just felt there was a pretty good drop there, and he was somebody that we identified that would fit very well with our hockey club. We saw a lot of upside in his game. We wanted to pay the price to get him.”’

Adam is inspired by Cleary

‘“I’m a big guy, I use my size to my advantage, try to create my offense from down low, using my size and my reach,” he said. “I have a passion to score goals, and that’s how I do it.”’

Adam leaves good last impression

‘Adam is ranked 42nd overall among North American forwards and defencemen for the June 20-21 draft. But that’s up two dozen spots from the Central Scouting Service’s mid-season rankings. The Hockey News has him rated 66th overall – including Europeans and goaltenders – which would make him a third-round pick. But there is a buzz that Adam, who led the St. John’s Fog Devils with 36 goals and 66 points last season, could go even higher.’

Sabres deal for extra pick on Day 2

‘General manager Darcy Regier continued dealing on the second day of the NHL Draft in Ottawa, ultimately netting the Sabres some quantity they hope turns to quality.’

Myers stands tall in strong year for Calgary area talent

‘"I can’t wait to see what Buffalo’s about. I’m ecstatic. I’m looking forward to cracking the lineup."’

Ex-Cats have draft memories

‘With three professional seasons under his belt, the 23-year-old Buffalo Sabres right winger can now draw upon his experience and offer advice to the teenage prospects who attend the 2008 National Hockey League draft today at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa. "I know everyone wants to be selected as high as possible, but if you think about it there’s a lot of very good NHL players who went later in the draft,” he said. "What round you go in doesn’t determine whether you’re going to have a good career."’

Height of expectations

‘Well, the Sabres said they wanted to get bigger. They got the biggest.’

Ennis taken in the first round by Sabres

‘Tigers head coach and general manager Willie Desjardins wasn’t surprised to hear the size questions come up again, but in time, the Tigers bench boss believes his young forward will overcome that at the NHL level too. “Tyler wishes he was 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds and has all the skill he has now,” said Desjardins. “I think it is natural people worry about that a little bit. I think that he will be a very good player. I believe he is going to score at that level as well.”’

Sabres select C Ennis with 26th pick

‘Ennis, 18, has excelled despite his smallish frame. The speedy 5-9, 146-pounder was named to the 2008 Eastern Conference First All-Star Team after finishing second in the WHL with 43 goals and fourth overall with 91 points. He also led the Tigers with 15 power-play tallies.’

Kelowna kids go quickly in NHL draft

‘Many experts say Myers is a steal at No. 12. He needs to fill out his six-foot-seven and 205-pound frame, but he has a huge reach and can skate well for a big man. “I‘ve still got some work to do,” said Myers, who was born in Houston and raised in Calgary. “I know it‘s a very hard league to crack. I need to put on some weight – with this six-foot-seven frame, it‘s hard to – but this is a big summer for me.” ‘