Quick hits: Sabres 1, Maple Leafs 0 (SO)

‘Buffalo eked out a 1-0 shootout victory over Toronto on Thursday, getting the only goal when Matt Moulson scored on the Sabres’ fourth attempt of the shootout. Buffalo has scored three regulation goals during its three preseason games.’

Ristolainen reports to camp as ‘good will’ move

‘“In the end, this made sense to him, at least in the short term.”’

Sabres’ Nilsson making the perfect first impression

‘“You always want to make a good impression, but what it comes down to is helping your team win games,” Nilsson said in Meridian Centre. “My job is to stop the puck, and I’m trying to do that every time I come to the rink no matter if it’s practice, a scrimmage or an exhibition game.”’

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

‘“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

‘”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

‘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

‘“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

‘“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

‘“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

‘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

‘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

‘” 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

‘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?’

Jack Eichel ‘in game shape’ for Sabres

‘”I think it was great,” said Eichel, who had a goal and an assist in three games at the tournament. “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. I think that you’re in game shape and you feel good; I feel good on the ice now. It’s really nice.”‘

Eichel, Kulikov Return To Practice For Sabres

‘”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.”‘