Change of scenery turns Dupuy into player to watch

‘“Going to St. John’s was a real eye-opener and helped me to have a good edge at the start of the season,” Dupuy said in First Niagara Center. “I trained really hard that summer to make it happen. It carried into the season, and I was very fortunate that Buffalo came knocking.”’

Sabres prospect Hudson Fasching wants to develop leadership skills in college

‘“Growing up, I was always the youngest kid on the team,” he said. “I kind of fit into that role. I never really grew to understand leadership and how to really fulfill that. So I think that for me this year’s kind of about growing not only as a player, but also as kind of a person and as a leader.”‘

Ryan O’Reilly is really good: An analysis in 5 Vines

‘You could say that O’Reilly’s outstanding Corsi rating is made up of a bunch little things that he does right. In our first highlight, we see what appears to be a routine play. The 24-year-old forward fields a rebound and starts the breakout. At a closer look, however, you notice that he makes a snap decision to pass the puck to Gabriel Landeskog, floats it perfectly in stride to the Avs’ captain, then starts digging hard toward the other end of the ice. The result is a zone entry by Landeskog on the right side while O’Reilly heads in deep to recover a dump or swing to the front of the net.’

Sabres’ Reinhart thinks hard work has made him ready

‘Many thought it would be a drag for Reinhart to come back to town and play just three games with Rochester before heading into the off season. Reinhart said it’s just the opposite, “I was excited for that opportunity, it allowed me to go into the off season knowing what the pro game is like.”’


‘“And after the first day [general manager] Tim [Murray] and Jason came up and said they really liked what I did so they asked me back. I worked with Rochester a few times this past season and now with Coach [Dan] Bylsma, it’s a great staff and I can see that things are going in the right direction with the synergy and chemistry among everyone.”’


‘“Just learning. Learning what I have to do better, what I need to do best, what I need to do,” he said. “Also work on being a better leader because this being my third camp, guys coming in – the new draft picks or free agents that are at camp – I need to just do my best to help them out both on and off the ice. Then come Friday, just play my game.”’


‘The days here are not easy. You really have to push yourself and the expectation level and the bar is raised when you come out here from what we’ve all seen before. It’s all about learning. We go through off-ice workouts, we go through seminars. It’s a great opportunity for young guys like me to absorb everything and try to learn new things.’

Eichel is all business as he hits the ice

‘”I want to get a lot stronger, so right at this point in the summer I’m working on putting some weight on, I guess,” he said. “In terms of on the ice, just playing away from the puck, just being ready no matter if I have the puck, if I don’t, moving my feet when I don’t have it, getting to top speed, catching pucks at top speed. That way the defenders have a lot less of a chance to react to me.”‘

Reinhart more than just the other guy

‘”It doesn’t stop and he knows that,” Reinhart said. “I didn’t know him before this week but watching him go through all that draft stuff, he handled it phenomenally. He’s a mature guy and he knows exactly how to conduct himself on and off the ice.”‘

Williamsville’s Poturalski feeling at home

‘“I’ve always grew up a Sabres fan,” Poturalski said. “I came to games as a kid and to be out on the ice and have a chance to compete with these guys is a really good experience for me.”’

Sports retailers welcome impact Sabres’ Eichel will have on jersey sales

‘“Even with good players, people have a little bit of hesitation because they say, ‘Geez, I wonder if he’s gonna be here next year. If not, I’ll have another jersey sitting in my closet like the two other guys’ who are gone,’ ” Eckl said. “That has something to do with how people buy jerseys, too.”’

Jack Eichel just wants to be himself as he learns pro game

‘”Obviously there’s a lot of expectations,” Eichel said, “but it’s something I don’t focus on. I just try to be myself.”‘

Jack Eichel ready to settle in with Sabres

‘Check back later for more from Eichel, who’s wearing No. 41 in camp. It doesn’t appear to be his official number yet.’

Sabres hire Dan Lambert as assistant coach

‘The Sabres still need a goalie coach to replace Arturs Irbe. Bylsma hired Dave Barr and Terry Murray as his top assistants last month.’

Buffalo Sabres trying to treat No. 2 overall draft pick Jack Eichel like any other prospect

‘“They’re obviously going through a rebuild and they’ve started that already this summer,” said Evan Rodrigues, another Sabres prospect who played with Eichel at Boston University. “With Jack too, he’s obviously a special player. He’ll make a difference at the next level as well.”’