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Sabres Announce Prospects Challenge September 17-19


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Attached is a Buffalo News link written by Lance Lysowski on his observations about these two prospect games. His observations coincide with the views made by others here. He noted that Murray stood out for his physical play and also noted Peterka's play stood out. The general observation is that there are prospects in the pipeline but it is going to take time before they are ready for NHL play. He also made comments about Ruotsalaninen and whether his role will be at wing or center. 

https://buffalonews.com/sports/sabres/sabres-observations-brett-murray-emerging-as-an-effective-power-forward/article_8ed5da4c-1887-11ec-91a6-a7cbb207617f.html#tracking-source=home-trending

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7 minutes ago, Let's Go B-Lo said:

Seems to be a lot of that going around recently.

One of the things I like about Granto, especially compared to Krueger, is that he is more open-minded. An example of that was his willingness to move Reinhart to center and play the younger players. If something didn't work he would try something different. Krueger is in general a very smart person, obviously so. On the other hand Granato is a much more creative hockey person compared to Krueger who was too rigid and ideological with his hockey views. 

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1 hour ago, JohnC said:

One of the things I like about Granto, especially compared to Krueger, is that he is more open-minded. An example of that was his willingness to move Reinhart to center and play the younger players. If something didn't work he would try something different. Krueger is in general a very smart person, obviously so. On the other hand Granato is a much more creative hockey person compared to Krueger who was too rigid and ideological with his hockey views. 

Granato also believes in players being in top physical condition when they arrive at camp; Krueger not so much. I found it very illuminating when Granato took over and at his first presser he was very candid in saying that it would be a couple weeks before this team would be in shape to play. How a coach wouldn’t make conditioning job one is beyond me, but Krueger was clueless in that regard.

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2 hours ago, K-9 said:

Granato also believes in players being in top physical condition when they arrive at camp; Krueger not so much. I found it very illuminating when Granato took over and at his first presser he was very candid in saying that it would be a couple weeks before this team would be in shape to play. How a coach wouldn’t make conditioning job one is beyond me, but Krueger was clueless in that regard.

Putting aside the team's record under Granato there was a clear line of demarcation between the team's performance under him compared to under Krueger. And that demonstrable change occurred with a minimal opportunity to practice. One failed coaching effort was more about the team being forced to conform to the coach's archaic system while the more successful coach focused on putting the players in the best situation to succeed. Very often when people try to demonstrate to others how smart they are they end up demonstrating how obtuse they are. Granato is the right coach at the right time for the Sabres. In making the coaching selection KA made the right choice.  

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9 minutes ago, JohnC said:

Putting aside the team's record under Granato there was a clear line of demarcation between the team's performance under him compared to under Krueger. And that demonstrable change occurred with a minimal opportunity to practice. One failed coaching effort was more about the team being forced to conform to the coach's archaic system while the more successful coach focused on putting the players in the best situation to succeed. Very often when people try to demonstrate to others how smart they are they end up demonstrating how obtuse they are. Granato is the right coach at the right time for the Sabres. In making the coaching selection KA made the right choice.  

1. Granato emphasised fitness was obvious.  If, for some reason, you watched highlights from last season again, you would see that the team wore down as the game went on.  Their late scores came from the opposition sitting back.

2. The passing after Granato took over was far more precise than it was before.  That was because he emphasised it more than it had been in aeons.  That is the main reason the Sabres looked like a real NHL team at the end of last season.

Let us hope it carries over.

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1 hour ago, Marvin, Sabres Fan said:

1. Granato emphasised fitness was obvious.  If, for some reason, you watched highlights from last season again, you would see that the team wore down as the game went on.  Their late scores came from the opposition sitting back.

2. The passing after Granato took over was far more precise than it was before.  That was because he emphasised it more than it had been in aeons.  That is the main reason the Sabres looked like a real NHL team at the end of last season.

Let us hope it carries over.

Your points are well taken. WGR's Paul Hamilton commented that when Granato took over he demanded that the players practice harder and smarter. If a drill resulted in sloppy passing or play he would stop the drill and have it done over. The critical issue wasn't the length of the practice as it was the intensity of it. The players played harder and the staff coached harder.   

I'm really eager to see how this rebuilding team responds to this coach now that he is in control. A coach can't control the talent level on the team but he can control the effort level. This should be a much more energetic and entertaining team than last year's team under Krueger. 

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Attached is a 17 min link of Paul Hamilton on WGR talking about the prospect games. The first five minutes relate to the Bills but after that he talks about the prospect games. And the end of the discussion Hamilton talks about the Jack situation and the appearance that the organization is more receptive to Jack getting the surgery that he has always wanted. In the hockey discussion Ham made some positive comments about Quinn and his ability to play the center position, UPL and Peterka. 

https://www.audacy.com/wgr550/authors/howard-and-jeremy

 

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