The Sabres are halfway through Day Two of training camp, and Marc-Andre Gragnani is walking around with a smile. That's because he's walking.
The defenseman suffered a knee sprain on the opening day of camp last September and missed a month.
"I’ve already doubled my experience of camp from last year," Gragnani said today after finishing his second session in Northtown Center at Amherst.
Last year's injury to the 24-year-old cost him any chance to make the Sabres early in the season. After finishing the year in Buffalo and leading the team in points during the playoffs, he worked this summer to stay in peak form.
"I was a lot more strict with myself, going to bed earlier and getting up earlier, never missing a meal, not going out – I don’t want to say at all – but almost, seriously, not at all," said the Montreal resident. "It was all the sacrifices that I need to do if I want to play here and succeed. I don’t want to just play here. I want to play here and be a factor and have a great year and move forward."