10 takeaways from Sabres development camp

‘HarborCenter seems like the perfect size for this event in a year where the Sabres don’t have a top-three pick. The attendances weren’t enormous on normal practice days. Only half of the arena was accessible to fans, and even that side didn’t fill up. Everyone had a good view and it didn’t feel awkwardly empty like it would have at First Niagara Center. The only hitch each year will be the scrimmage, but the $20 price tag limited interest.’

Sabres prospect Will Borgen adjusted quickly to college hockey

‘“He just kept getting better, and that was the story, that he became an integral part of our defensive corps,” Motzko said.’

Osmanski participates in first Sabres Development Camp

‘“I didn’t really model my game after what Tim Murray was looking for, I just think it’s the way the game is going in general,” Osmanski said. “I’m lucky to be as tall as I am and I think I play a physical game. That’s the type of style I think I can make a career with. On every team there are usually four big d-men and then two guys who snag all the points. So there’s more jobs in the NHL for the style I play. And there’s more guys trying to play that style as well. Luckily for me, Tim Murray likes this style so hopefully it works out.”’

Vesey says he plans on meeting with Boston in August

‘“I’ve said it all along that Boston is definitely on my list of teams that I’d like to talk to. It’s a team that I’ve rooted for all my life, and it’s a team that I watched win the Stanley Cup in 2011,” he said.’

Sabres add offense to try to end postseason drought

‘Murray needs to lure Vesey, who would give Bylsma great depth among the top six. … Bylsma will need to establish if Nilsson is the clear backup goalie prior to the start of the season since the departure of Johnson left a significant hole. Linus Ullmark is another option behind Lehner. … Murray said he isn’t done in his pursuit to add organizational depth; he signed defensemen Justin Falk and Taylor Fedun to a one-year, two-way contract on July 1.’

Alexander Nylander heads Sweden’s WJC camp roster

‘Nylander led Sweden at the 2016 WJC with four goals and nine points in seven games. Last season with Mississauga of the Ontario Hockey League, he led OHL rookies with 47 assists and 75 points, and was named the Canadian Hockey League rookie of the year. He capped his season with a team-best 11 points in seven games to help Sweden win the silver medal at the 2016 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.’

Expectations building for the coming Sabres season

‘“It’s nice to say that playoffs are a definite goal and you actually mean it when you say it,” general manager Tim Murray said after development camp wrapped up Tuesday in HarborCenter. “Ninety-five points is a nice number. I haven’t looked at it that close yet but expectations are the playoffs and to be competitive.’

Campoli recovers from scary collision at Sabres scrimmage

‘“I just finished my check,” Carrier said. “I didn’t really know what happened. I think he banged his head on the ice. … I think he lost his balance and fell backwards. He hit his head, tried to get up and hit his head again.”’

Sabres GM Murray on Vesey: ‘This is his show right now’

‘”We went down there. We spoke to him. I told him he doesn’t owe anybody anything. He went to school for four years and he became a free agent so now he’s got to make the right decision for him. There’s no timetable.”‘

Meet Sabres Prospect Brandon Hagel

‘”I just need to play hard,” Hagel said. “I need to play my game. I use my hockey sense and work as hard as I possibly can.”‘

Sabres GM Tim Murray knows Jimmy Vesey could sign elsewhere

‘“I’ve talked about this literally less than anyone else in Buffalo,” Murray said Tuesday inside HarborCenter. “I hear the guys on the radio and people are mad. This is like top-end news. I think I paid less attention to this than anybody.”’

Sabres prospect Michael Campoli released from hospital

‘“He was obviously speaking and joking a little bit and he was moving his extremities a little bit,” Murray said before Campoli was released.’

Bailey now a veteran at Sabres Development Camp

‘“It’s crazy. In the four years I’ve been coming, there’s been three different coaching staffs. You get to know different coaches and see different philosophies,” Bailey said. “The attitude as a whole has changed. The moves they’re making; the guys they’re bringing in. You can see the competitiveness and how tough it’s going to be to make this team in the fall. Those are all positive things.”’

Nylander siblings add wrinkle to Leafs-Sabres rivalry

‘“It’s going to be a lot of fun playing against my brother,” Alex said the night he was drafted. “We’ll be friends, of course. We’re really close to each other. I don’t think it would affect anything like that. We’d just enjoy every moment playing against each other.”’

Sabres see a good future after Prospects Camp

‘I had mentioned during Saturday’s scrimmage that it was obvious that Justin Bailey, Nick Baptiste and Carrier were older players. They dominated in every way, especially physically. Murray said that’s what he took away from the week, “I think Justin Bailey was a man, I think he showed that in the 3-on-3, you saw some strength, the power moves to the net, some hitting by guys that did spend time in the American League like Carrier, Bailey and Baptiste, so on a consistent basis, I think they’re ahead of the kids because their attitude is, I’m a pro player and have been a pro player and I’m going to make management and coaches take a long look at me in camp this year.”’