The Sabres Report - July 11, 2015

Reinhart takes the spotlight from Eichel   

WGR-AM:

‘Eichel did show power while skating and players did have problems getting the puck off his stick. There were other times where he did look sluggish.’

The history of the Buffalo Sabres #15   

WGR-AM:

‘Gerry Meehan was the first Sabre to wear it and he is far and away still the best player to ever wear it.’

Sabres scrimmage draws 17,000 to see Eichel   

NHL.com:

‘”It was definitely an unbelievable crowd,” Eichel said. “It’s crazy to think there were 17,000 people here for a scrimmage in July, but like I said earlier, it says a lot about Buffalo and how passionate they are for the Sabres.”‘

Sabres rookie Eichel decides to wear No. 15   

NHL.com:

‘”I think [41] is just a number and I’ll get another number at training camp,” Eichel said. “Fifteen is not my number until I make the team.”‘

REINHART, McCABE POWER TEAM BLUE TO VICTORY IN BLUE & GOLD SCRIMMAGE   

Sabres.com:

‘“There is always things you can do better, whether it’s fatigue in certain points or whether you’re a little off it mentally, it’s tough to jump into game action,” Reinhart said. “But I thought I handled it pretty well and I felt a lot more comfortable as the game went along.”’

INTENSITY IN THE SUMMER AIR AT DEVELOPMENT CAMP SCRIMMAGE   

Sabres.com:

‘“It was definitely an unbelievable crowd,” Eichel said afterward. “It’s crazy to think there were 17,000 people here for a scrimmage in July, but like I said earlier it says a lot about Buffalo and how passionate they are about the Sabres.”’

REINHART AND EICHEL SET TO SQUARE OFF IN DEVELOPMENT CAMP SCRIMMAGE   

Sabres.com:

‘“I’ve played against him twice and there’s no surprise that we went where he went [in the draft],” Reinhart said of Eichel. “I’m lucky to be able go through this with him as well both on and off the ice. To finally get to meet him and get to know him a little bit more, it’s no shock to see what he’s done in the last couple of years.”’

'CAUSE WHEN YOU'RE 15   

Sabres.com:

‘The only No. 15 to be retired by an NHL club hangs in the professional arena closest to Jack Eichel’s hometown of North Chelmsford, Massachusetts.’

EICHEL CHOOSES NO. 15 BUT WON'T WEAR IT 'UNTIL I MAKE THE TEAM'   

Sabres.com:

‘“It’s a number that my sister’s worn and my dad’s worn and I’ve worn before. It’s their lucky number and it happens to be the year I got drafted. I like the number and I think it would be really nice to wear it if the opportunity presents itself to be on the Sabres next year.”’

ALLEN HIRED AS GOALTENDING COACH   

Sabres.com:

‘Allen will join the Sabres’ coaching staff after spending the last four seasons as the developmental goaltending coach for the Chicago Blackhawks. In that role, Allen oversaw the development of goaltenders playing for the Blackhawks’ AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs. Prior to his time with the Blackhawks, Allen spent three seasons as goaltending coach for St. Lawrence University (ECAC).’

The Sabres Report - July 10, 2015

Baptiste has experience with greatness   

Buffalo News:

‘“Connor is very shifty, ins and outs and can dazzle you with his speed right beside a defenseman,” Baptiste said. “I haven’t seen Jack in a game situation yet but I like the power and explosiveness. Today we were doing the length of the ice drill and I think he took maybe six strides to get the whole way. He’s so powerful and strong on his feet. Combine that with the skill he has, and it’s tough to defend for sure.”

Eichel excited about scrimmage, big crowd   

Buffalo News:

‘“I know everyone is pretty tired right now,” Eichel said after Thursday’s on-ice testing sessions in First Niagara Center. “So we’re going to need to recover in the next 24 hours to be at your best. It seems like I’ve been doing the media tour, doing a million things and there’s nothing I love more than to just play hockey. Nothing I love more than preparing for a game and just playing.’

Sabres prospect Nick Baptiste knows Jack Eichel and Connor McDavid well   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“I think maybe he took six strides to get the whole way,” Baptiste said. “He’s so powerful and strong on his feet. You combine that with the amount skill he has, it’s tough to defend.”’

Team expects record crowd for Jack Eichel’s first scrimmage   

Olean Times Herald:

‘The Sabres have already sold more than 10,000 tickets at $10 each. The team estimated late Thursday afternoon a record crowd of more than 15,000 fans could attend. Most of them want their first glimpse of Eichel in some sort of game action as a pro.’

Sabres' Eichel can't wait for the scrimmage   

WGR-AM:

‘There will be significantly more people than that at the scrimmage and Jack Eichel can’t wait, “I’m just super excited for it. It seems like I’ve been doing the media tour and doing a million things and nothing I love more than to just play hockey and that’s what it is, I love preparing for a game and the atmosphere, just the feeling of playing against another team, trying to win a game.” Eichel added, “I imagine there’ll be a lot of people here and I can’t wait for the opportunity.”’