Sabres’ Samuels-Thomas ready to be the heavy

‘“I wouldn’t say points are my game by any means,” he said. “I think I played a strong, power-foward role (at Quinnipiac) and I think in the NHL you need players like that who are going to go to the hard areas, and get pucks to the net, and be hard to play against. That’s kind of what I pride myself on.”’

Leaving Kings wasn’t hard for Fasching

‘Fasching called the Sabres “an up and coming organization.” Seven first-round picks are in camp. He thinks the prospects have the work ethic to compliment their skills.“That’s really encouraging to see,” he said. “A lot of times you see guys that get drafted in the first round. They’re like, ‘Oh, I’m a first-rounder now. I don’t have to work.’ But there’s first-rounders, second-rounders out there that are working hard.”’

Sabres re-sign D Ruhwedel to 2-year contract

‘He’s shown signs of being a dependable two-way defenseman and has an opportunity to make the Sabres’ lineup this season.’

AP Source: Sabres reach deal to re-sign C Ennis

‘A person familiar with the agreement confirmed to The Associated Press early Thursday that the Sabres have reached a deal to re-sign Ennis to a five-year contract worth about $23 million.’

Sabres sign Ruhwedel to 2-year contract

‘Ruhwedel (5/7/90, 5’11″, 181 lbs) has played in 28 games for the Sabres since signing an entry-level contract with the club in April 2013. While playing for the Rochester Americans in 2013-14, Ruhwedel notched 28 points (4+24) in 47 regular-season games, which ranked him second among the team’s defensemen. He also appeared in five playoff games and recorded five points (2+3), which was second-most on the team.’

Grigorenko brings new attitude

‘“That’s probably what I need the most, just being more explosive and faster on the ice,” he said. “I felt pretty good on the ice these first few practices, felt pretty confident in the battles and pretty strong too.”’

Zadorov stands out with physical play

‘Zadorov is confident he’s ready to contribute at the NHL level. However, with the signings of Josh Gorges and Andrej Meszaros, the emergence of Jake McCabe, Rasmus Ristolainen and Mark Pysyk, and the presence of Tyler Myers and Mike Weber, that might not be possible.’

Sabres see a more mature Grigorenko

‘“Go out, just want the puck,” he said. “Go and win every single battle, just want the puck. I guess I’m an offensive player. So I need to score goals, just bring that offense. If I don’t score goals and don’t have points, I guess no one needs me on the team.”’

Sabres rookies scrimmage in front of a big crowd

‘There have to be more than 10-thousand people in attendance tonight and of course they’re here to see number one pick Sam Reinhart. On his first shift he made a nice play in own zone corner on Jordan Samuels-Thomas to get puck up to Zadorov and out. He then shielded the puck at blue line and found Zadorov at the point. A few minutes later Reinhart made a no look pass to Brendan Lemieux as the crowd responded.’

Three other Sabre first round picks are impressing

‘Rasmus Ristolainen improved by leaps and bounds after starting in Buffalo last season and then going to Rochester. Cassidy thinks he and Jerome Leduc have impressed him the most from last season until now, “He’s definitely leaned out a lot. He lost a little bit of baby fat and I think conditioning wise it’s going to help him. The biggest thing he had to address in Rochester was finishing shifts. When he got extended in the D zone, he had a really hard time and it usually ended up with some scoring chances against us, so he worked hard on his nutrition and his workout habits and it’s paid off for him.”’

The newest Sabre is happy for the trade

‘“I think I just rounded out my game and found exactly what my game is. I’m a power forward, I need to keep the game simple and that’s what I’ve learned from my years in college. I’ve also learned how to be trusted in my defensive zone and with playing a little bit of center this year, I think I really rounded out my game.”’

Reinhart takes the ice

‘“It was great,” Reinhart said of Monday’s pair of practice sessions. “It was a thrill to have that all over with and finally come here. It’s a lot more comforting knowing all that’s over and you can really get down to business, enjoy the week and the first experience at an NHL level. I’m just kind of taking it in stride and enjoying the process.”‘

Sabres get a look at Carrier

‘“(I’m) a power forward. I can check, score goals, play anywhere,” Carrier said. “A lot of teams in the NHL are looking for big power forwards now and it’s my style of play.”’

Sabres’ prospect Samuels-Thomas seen as a good fit

‘“I’m a power forward and I need to keep the game simple,” he said. “That’s what I’ve learned in college. … I developed that heavy style of play just being a forward that’s hard to move off the puck winning battles. That’s something that’s wanted here.”’

Sam Reinhart eager to earn job with Sabres

‘“Most of the guys at this stage are trying to get better every day,” Reinhart said. “From yesterday to today to tomorrow, we’ll keep getting better and continue to improve.”’