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.”’

Sam Reinhart and deep prospect pool show Sabres could have bright future

‘“Everybody knows how good he is,” Lemieux said about Reinhart. “I think what separates him from everybody else is how smart he is. I think that’s his strongest asset. He’s a really smart kid. Obviously, it’s exciting for me to be out there with guys like that. That’s the kind of caliber that I want to be with. I want to surround myself with the best players in the world.”’

Hulking prospect Jordan Samuels-Thomas ready for fresh opportunity with Sabres

‘“I was excited about a new opportunity with an organization that’s really excited about changing the culture here,” Samuels-Thomas said Monday inside the First Niagara Center following the first session of development camp.’

Chris is latest Brown to grab hockey spotlight

‘“I was very, very honored to be drafted by that organization,” Brown said. “I’m glad that they had the faith in me to take me. (Being drafted) wasn’t a sure thing so I wasn’t going to be disappointed if it didn’t happen, but it happened and hopefully it works out for the best.”’

Sabres Reinhart finally hits the ice

‘Reinhart looked smooth in what he does, not a lot of wasted motion. He sent a no look pass out front finding a wide open Justin Bailey. The Sabres first round pick less than a month ago was glad to finally get on the ice, “It was great, it was a thrill to have that all over with and finally come here. It’s a lot more comforting to know that all of that’s over and you can really get down to business and enjoy the week. It’s my first experience at a NHL level, so I’m just taking it in stride and enjoying the process.”’

What should we expect from Grigorenko, Armia in 2014-15

‘Will Armia and Grigo do it? At least the end of last season should make us feel more confident. Now it’s all about what the individuals carry it over and do with their opportunity.’