‘”He’s been outstanding in camp,” U.S. coach Bob Motzko said on Thursday as the American team had the day off. “He’s a year older, a year wiser. He really stepped forward as a go-to guy. Ben Smith on our staff likes to say, ‘Raise your hand. Tell us you’re here.’ And every day he’s raised his hand and is standing tall.’
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‘”I’m feeling pretty good,” Luukkonen said. “The team is playing well. Maybe to my own game, I should play a little bit better but of course it’s only the summer. There’s time to improve.”‘
‘The Buffalo Sabres are starting over after a disappointing season.’
‘The Sabres allowed an NHL-worst 34.3 shots per game last season. The workload that created for defensemen and goaltenders meant they spent a lot of time in their end. Housley’s style of play will have to address this, and the additions of defensemen Marco Scandella and Nathan Beaulieu should help.’
‘Guhle (6-foot-1, 186 pounds) completed his final season at the junior level with Prince George of the Western Hockey League and will most likely be a full-time player with Rochester in the AHL this season. But considering his skill set and new Sabres coach Phil Housley, Guhle could be on the fast track.’
‘Mittelstadt arguably has been the best player for the U.S. during the World Junior Summer Showcase. He has eight points (three goals, five assists) in four games, including two goals and two assists for USA White in an 8-2 victory against Canada Red on Tuesday, and two assists in a 3-2 U.S. win against Sweden on Wednesday.’