Sabres Top 20 Talents in 2016: No. 19 – D Josh Gorges

‘What you see is what you’re going to get with Josh Gorges. There’s nothing wrong with that. He doesn’t have to be a cornerstone on defense for this to be a successful year. If Gorges plays close to 82 games and is solid in his own end, the Sabres shouldn’t need him to contribute offensively.’

Sabres Top 20 Talents in 2016: No. 20 – D Casey Nelson

‘I think Nelson will start the year in Rochester and play a handful of games with the Sabres if someone gets injured. There’s a reason multiple teams wanted to sign Nelson after his junior year at Minnesota State Mankato – he’s got tons of potential. However, I still think Brendan Guhle has a better shot at making the opening night roster than Nelson. Injuries on the blue line could change everything, but for Nelson I think a regular spot in the NHL is a few years away.’

Sunday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks coaches: Players earn ice time, hot goalie plays (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

Eichel gets two top linemates at World Cup

‘Team North America has two exhibition games and five more practices remaining before officially opening the World Cup against Finland on Sept. 18 in Air Canada Centre. With that in mind, coach Todd McLellan has promised he’ll try different line combinations during the camp and he unveiled a big one during practice Friday in Quebec City: Jack Eichel joining Johnny Gaudreau at wing with Connor McDavid at center.’

Patrick Kaleta on NHL: ‘I definitely don’t think I’m washed up yet’

‘“My body and that aspect of my life could have an impact on what I do and what I don’t do,” Kaleta said. “As of right now, I value my body with being able to throw a baseball and crawl around with a child rather than doing what I’ve had to do for the past 10 years – in certain opportunities. In other opportunities, I’d be the same person. I’d block shots with my face. I’d do whatever it takes.”’

Macre, a fixture in training players, leaves Sabres

‘“He’s done nothing but taken the best care of me,” said Patrick Kaleta, the oft-injured former Sabres forward. “I broke my face, and some trainers would just kind of throw you off the side. He took me to the doctors to get medicine. He took me home and made sure I was OK. He’s a guy that really cares about his players, and I think it’s a big loss for the Sabres’ organization not having him.’

HarborCenter to host Sabres training camp

‘The Sabres announced the dates and times for their opening week of training camp Friday, and the warmup to the 2016-17 season will begin Sept. 22 with physicals. The on-ice workouts open to the public will begin Sept. 23, and for the first time all the skating will be done in HarborCenter rather than KeyBank Center. The twin-rink complex will allow multiple groups to go on the ice at the same time.’

Sabres to open training camp Sept. 23 at HarborCenter

‘HarborCenter will also host Sabres rookie camp and the team’s Prospects Challenge tournament starting next Friday.’

Prosecutor submits new evidence against Sabres forward Kane

‘Erie County assistant district attorney Lynette Reda on Friday submitted a deposition from a Buffalo police officer stating the bar had security staffing its entrance and exit the night Kane was arrested. In handing over the deposition to Judge Barbara Johnson-Lee, Reda said it supported the evidence of trespassing.’

Evander Kane Back in Court

‘During the conference, Judge Barbara Johnson-Lee set Kane’s next court appearance for October 31. There, it’s expected motions will be filed, and it’s possible that at trial date may be set.’

Sabres dates for Training Camp

‘The Sabres will open its main training camp on Thursday, Sept. 22, when veteran players are expected to report for testing and physicals. Beginning Friday, Sept. 23, the team’s practice sessions at HarborCenter will be open to the public, with practices being broken down into multiple sessions throughout each day.’

Gilbert Assumes Administrative Roles With Sabres, Harborcenter; Bandura To Lead Media Relations Department

‘In this new role, Gilbert will be responsible for the daily administrative activities of the Sabres’ organization. As general manager of HarborCenter, he is now responsible for the day-to-day operations of the complex and all related properties within its portfolio. Gilbert joined the Sabres in the summer of 1997 and served in his most recent role of vice president of public and community relations from 2011 until the time of this promotion. During his tenure with the Sabres, his duties have included operating the public and community relations departments of the Sabres and Bandits, supervising the youth hockey and fan development initiatives of the organizations, serving as team liaison to the Buffalo Sabres Foundation, and serving as a member of the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame Committee’s board of directors. Additionally, Gilbert serves as the Sabres’ chief liaison to USA Hockey, and helped lead the organization’s effort to secure the 2018 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship.’

2016 training camp opens Sept. 22

‘The full training camp schedule will be announced at a later date. The training camp roster and all practice times are subject to change.’

Saturday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks individual game tickets for the 2016-17 season go on sale Saturday at 10 am (

Team North America looks good

‘The Sabres Jack Eichel centered a line with Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau and The Blue Jackets Brandon Saad. Eichel got an assist getting a puck up ice to his two wingers who went back and forth. Gaudreau finished it off as he tried to pass to Eichel, but the puck came right back to him.’