The Sabres Report - September 28, 2016

Jack is Back: Fresh off World Cup, Eichel oozes confidence for second season with the Sabres   

Buffalo News:

‘“You just become more comfortable with things. I think you can say the same thing for both of us,” Eichel said, referring Reinhart. “Year One, there’s that little bit of shyness to start the year. I think we both obviously came along and I think for the most part it says a lot about the guys in the room. They made us feel comfortable from Day One and I think that’s what allowed us to be successful on the ice and enjoy our time here. I think that’s important and for me and Sam it’s important we do that for the younger guys.”’

No first-day jitters as Dmitry Kulikov joins Sabres camp   

Buffalo News:

‘”He’s definitely hard to play against because he’s looking to hit,” said Sabres forward Tyler Ennis. “He’s a left-handed shot, which we needed, and I’m looking forward to having him in the lineup. He was a good World Cup player and we’re happy to have him.”‘

Jack Eichel sets bar high for Sabres   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Eichel looked confident and relaxed during his 12-minute chat with the media, discussing the World Cup, his goals for the upcoming season and joking about his roommate, winger Sam Reinhart. He sounded like a 10-year veteran.’

Dmitry Kulikov finally joins Sabres   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“It hasn’t been long since the World Cup,” Kulikov said. “I just needed a little adjustment to come back and hit the reset switch and get ready for training camp. First practice is out of the way, I’m learning the system, video, getting to know the guys here in the locker room.”’

Sabres’ Jack Eichel happy to be part of history at World Cup of Hockey   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“It’s been a hit,” Eichel said this afternoon following his first practice with the Sabres. “Looking at the way the tournament has been received, there’s been a lot of buzz around it, which is great. I think, as a league, we definitely want to keep doing that.”‘

Bylsma impressed with Baptiste's strong start with Sabres   

Batavia Daily News:

‘“We called up 14 different players last year,” Bylsma said. “We’re going to have 22 or 23 people on the roster at the start of the hockey season, but I see our team at 32, 34 players deep.”’

Half a decade in the rearview   

WGR-AM:

‘This team has been built up. The talent they have, is the talent they have. There were other goalies, other defensemen, other trades to make along the way. If they’re not good enough on the back end, then that’s on the team for the way they’re constructed. Evaluation, in earnest, begins now.’

Sabres' Eichel is very clear on where this team should be   

WGR-AM:

‘Many players come to camp to work the kinks out. Eichel doesn’t have to do that and he’s glad, “It was nice and you start the season a little bit earlier and I think it was great. Now you’re stepping into camp and you’ve already played six real high end games against the World’s best and you’re ready to get going and hit the ground running.”‘

Eichel expects Sabres to make the playoffs   

WKBW-TV:

‘” I think it I was great. Now you’re stepping into camp and you’ve already played six real high end games against the world’s best,” Eichel said. “You’re in game shape, you know I feel good on the ice now so it’s really nice.”‘

Sabres Top 20 Talents in 2016: No. 13 RW Justin Bailey   

WKBW-TV:

‘I think Bailey, Hudson Fasching, Derek Grant and Nick Baptiste are the front-runners when it comes to the young guys trying to make the roster. The last few weeks Baptiste has looked great but I think the Sabres would still lean towards Bailey or Fasching because of their size. Both showed flashes during their stints in Buffalo last season and can provide some physicality. Even if Bailey isn’t on the Sabres opening night roster we will see him in blue and gold at some point this season and wonder — why hasn’t he been here all along?’

Eichel, Kulikov Return To Practice For Sabres   

Sabres.com:

‘”It was something that was definitely in the back of our minds throughout the tournament that the coach had talked about,” Eichel said. “You know, you have a chance to be a part of hockey history just playing on this team. We don’t know where it’s gonna be, we don’t know where this tournaments gonna be, so pretty special for us to do that.”‘

Thursday's Rochester Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Amerks announce 2016 training camp schedule (Amerks.com)

Quick hits: Sabres 3, Senators 2 (OT)   

Buffalo News:

‘The Sabres pulled into a 2-2 tie with 4:41 to play thanks to quality work from the three forwards on the ice. Hudson Fasching spun away from a defender behind the net to keep the puck before passing to Nicholas Baptiste. The winger quickly fired across the crease to center Derek Grant for a tap-in.’

As star of camp, Sabres' Grant pushing hard to secure spot on roster   

Buffalo News:

‘There is one forward spot open in Buffalo, and Grant is pushing hard to secure it.’

Newcomer in family gives Bogosian new outlook   

Buffalo News:

‘”It does change your life, obviously for the good,” Bogosian said in KeyBank Center Tuesday morning. “It was the best day of my life when she was born. It’s been a fun last four-and-a-half months. Everything that you read about or heard about being a parent – it’s challenging, it’s fun, it’s awesome. You don’t get much sleep but it’s still awesome. It’s been a great summer. Fortunately we had her in May and I had the summer to spend with her. Now that hockey is back up it sucks I won’t be around her as much, but that’s the way it is. It comes with the territory.”‘