The Sabres Report - September 29, 2015

Ristolainen practices for first time in camp

‘“I like my workouts, I had a great summer, and I feel pretty good now,” he said. “I think I got stronger, faster. That’s two big things I tried to work on.”’

Tuesday's Rochester Coverage

Defenseman Colby Robak rejoins the Amerks (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Rookies abound, Robak’s return highlight day one of training camp (
Paul Fixter joins Amerks as an assistant coach (
Amerks sign Colby Robak to AHL contract (

The Sabres Report - September 28, 2015

Sabres trim 12 from training camp roster   

Buffalo News:

‘Loaned to the Amerks were forwards Justin Bailey, Nicholas Baptiste, Jean Dupuy, William Carrier, Daniel Catenacci, Justin Kea, Jack Nevins and Andrey Makarov. Forwards Jerry D’Amigo and Philip Varone were also loaned but must first clear waivers.’

Five things we’ve learned from Sabres training camp   

Buffalo News:

‘Last year at this time, Sam Reinhart was feeling his way through his first NHL training camp, playing a few regular games before returning to his junior team for another season of development. He’s back in Buffalo showing confidence, strength and poise.’

Sabres send Varone, others to Amerks   

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:

‘Left winger Jerry D’Amigo also was assigned but he can’t officially join the Amerks until he clears waivers at noon on Monday.’

Sabres send 10 players to Amerks   

Olean Times Herald:

‘The Sabres have 38 players – 20 forwards, 14 defensemen and four goalies – left in training camp.’

Sabres make 12 cuts   


‘Matt Garbowski and Matt Prapavessis were released from their tryout and will report to Rochester for camp.’

Sabres trim camp roster by 12

‘The Sabres now have 38 players (20 forwards, 14 defensemen and four goaltenders) on their training camp roster.’

Observations through 4 preseason games

‘Jack Eichel: No words.’

The Sabres Report - September 27, 2015

Ennis nets hat trick in Sabres’ victory   

Buffalo News:

‘Rookie Jack Eichel assisted on two of the Ennis goals, and Ennis helped on Evander Kane’s first period tally. Buffalo erased a 2-0 deficit to go 3-1 in preseason and win its second in two nights.’

For Eichel, payback is an assist   

Buffalo News:

‘“He’s had a lot of success in the NHL,” Eichel said. “We have some pretty good chemistry off the ice because we spend a lot of time together. I’m thinking that will translate to on the ice. It usually does.”’

Sunday's Ottawa Coverage

New-look Buffalo Sabres serve notice to Ottawa Senators (Ottawa Sun)
Jack Eichel, Matt O’Connor reunion will have to wait (Ottawa Sun)
Jack Eichel puts on exhibition of skill, poise as Sabres down Senators (Ottawa Citizen)
Senators suspend defenceman Mikail Wikstrand (Ottawa Citizen)
Craig Anderson and teammates in a difficult evening (Le Droit)
Wikstrand disappears without a trace (Le Droit)
Photo gallery (

Four-point night from Ennis leads Sabres to 6-4 pre-season win over Senators   


‘Evander Kane, Zemgus Girgensons and Johan Larsson, into an empty net, also scored for the Sabres. Chad Johnson faced 34 shots.’

Sabres Top Line Shines in 6-4 Win Over Sens   


‘ack Eichel assisted on two of Ennis’ goals and Evander Kane racked up his third goal in two games. Playing with Kane and Eichel on Buffalo’s number one line, Ennis was dominant, propelling the Sabres to their third win of the preseason.’

Sabres' new line strikes early   


‘My big rule is don’t get too excited in preseason, but the play we’re seeing from Eichel, Ennis, Kane, O’Reilly and McCabe I think can absolutely translate into the season.’