Sabres’ big defensemen set to compete for jobs

‘”It’s going to be tight come fall here,” Pysyk said. “That’s good. All these good, young defensemen and some older guys as well, it’s going to be a tight race. It’s going to push everyone to be better.”‘

Little-known goalie Linus Ullmark rapidly developing into one of Sabres’ top prospects

‘He’ll play one more season with MODO before coming to North America in 2015-16. By then, Ullmark could have a chance to seize a job with the Sabres.’

Josh Gorges: Surprising trade still sinking in

‘“I would’ve loved to stay and try to achieve my ultimate goal in Montreal and win a Stanley Cup there, but that wasn’t meant to be,” Gorges said. “Whatever the reasons, that’s not our job as players to figure out. Our job is to show up and play the way we’re supposed to play and do our jobs and help our team win. It’s the management’s job to put their team together and try to figure out how to make their team better and how to make their team succeed in the playoffs and succeed under a cap system.”‘

Williston Northampton’s Max Willman gets first taste of pro hockey at Sabres Development Camp

‘It has been a meteoric rise for Willman, who was playing public high school hockey with his hometown, Barnstable, only two years ago. He led his team in scoring in his junior and senior seasons, so when he had the opportunity to do a post-grad year at a Division I prep school, he jumped at it.’

Rebuilding Sabres boast size, skill in young forwards

‘A major key to the future comes from the forwards they’ve collected through the draft and trades, and the spotlight is on Sam Reinhart, taken with the No. 2 pick of the 2014 NHL Draft.’

Prospects in goal bode well for Sabres’ future

‘That’s why the Sabres’ prospect pipeline in goal is so important. New General Manager Tim Murray has openly professed to liking big goalies, hardly an endorsement of the 5-foot-10 Enroth or even the 6-foot-1 Neuvirth.’

Murray making forward progress for Sabres

‘“I have to look down the road when I feel we’re going to be a competitive team. Is he the No. 1 center on that team? He may not be. He may be this year, and next year he may be a No. 2 left winger. It depends on what we bring in here, depends how we surround him. That’s going to dictate how he fits.”’

Sabres made good deal on Ennis’ contract

‘“He’s a part of the team,” Murray said. “Is he a center, is he a winger? We’ve talked about that with his agent and where he fits. He fits somewhere on this team.”’

Development camp ends with competitive 3-on-3 tourney

‘“I think it’s the start of team building,” the Sabres’ GM said. “These guys will be together at certain points in the year and then some will play together…it’s the start of these guys creating relationships.”’

New deal shows Sabres’ long-term faith in Ennis

‘“Tyler wants to be a Buffalo Sabre,” Eustace King, Ennis’ agent, told The Buffalo News by phone Thursday from Los Angeles. “They were the team that took him in the first round. There were a handful of teams that considered him that year and Buffalo was the one that took him. You have to give them a lot of credit for believing in him.”’

The hits keep on coming from Compher

‘“I think that’s why Buffalo brought me in, to compete hard and do everything I can to win battles,” Compher said. “That’s what I’m trying to do in camp. Sometimes I get into it with guys, but it’s just hockey. It’s nothing personal.”’

Unknown Sabres prospect Maxwell Willman impressing at development camp

‘“He’s a guy that has really probably surprised me more than anyone here at camp,” Cassidy said.’

Sabres show their faith in Ennis

‘“I truly believe Tyler’s a 25- to 30-goal scorer in the NHL,” Eustace King, Ennis’ agent, said by phone. “I believe he’ll be a 70-point plus guy at some point in the NHL, and I think he’s a young man that’s always been told he couldn’t do it. There’s been a lot of doubters. He’s always had to push on and prove guys differently.’

Sabres not clear for 2015 lottery yet

‘The final piece to the puzzle is the 2015 draft, which features at least one generational forward talent (Connor McDavid) and possible a second (Jack Eichel). The Sabres own three first-round draft picks (BUF, NYI and STL) in what is being called the deepest draft in years, and under the NHL’s current system, a last-place finish guarantees Buffalo would get one of the two with their own pick.’

Sabres re-sign C Ennis to 5-year $23 million deal

‘Ennis will make $7.3 million this season, $4.75 million in 2015-16, and $3.65 million in each of the final three seasons of the contract, one of the people said.’