The Sabres Report - July 18, 2014

The hits keep on coming from Compher   

Buffalo News:

‘“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   

Olean Times Herald:

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

Sabres show their faith in Ennis   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“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   

Niagara Gazette:

‘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   

AP:

‘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.’

Sabres sign Ennis to multi-year deal   

The Sports Network:

‘Ennis led the Sabres last season with a career-high 21 goals and was the second-leading scorer with 43 points in 80 games. He has ranked among the team’s top five in scoring each of the past four seasons.’

Sabres sign Ennis to 5-year deal   

The Sports Xchange:

‘Ennis has 69 goals and 166 points in 267 games since being the 26th overall pick in 2008. He had 20 goals and a career-high 49 points as a rookie in 2010-11.’

Sabres make Ennis signing official   

WGR-AM:

‘The Sabres have signed forward Tyler Ennis to a 5 year/$23-million contract.’

Sabres Reinhart misses practice   

WGR-AM:

‘Sam Reinhart was given a “maintenance” day and did not practice. He’s been hit very hard throughout this camp by Zemgus Girgensons and Jordan Samuels-Thomas.’

Sabres sign Ennis to multi-year contract   

Sabres.com:

‘In 2013-14, Ennis led the Sabres with a career-high 21 goals and ranked second on the team in total points, with 43 (21+23) in 80 games played. Ennis recorded his first 20-goal season in 2010-11, when he tallied a career-high 49 points (20+29) in 82 games.’

Friday's Rochester Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Justin Kea will work hard (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Ristolainen working to be ”fasrer, stronger, better” next season (Amerks.com)

The Sabres Report - July 17, 2014

Sabres’ local prospects weather the changes   

Buffalo News:

‘“This year I have a lot more confidence,” Bailey said. “I’ve been here working out since April now, so I’m comfortable with the training staff and the workouts. Nothing’s new to me. I feel like I can have more of an impact.”’

Sabres’ Samuels-Thomas ready to be the heavy   

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:

‘“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   

Olean Times Herald:

‘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   

AP:

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