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Five absent as Sabres open development camp

Five of last year's Buffalo Sabres who played a combined 145 games headlined the participants of team's development camp today at the First Niagara Center, which includes practice sessions Tuesday and Wednesday mornings before a Blue-Gold scrimmage Thursday night. 

Forwards Luke Adam, Marcus Foligno, Cody Hodgson and Corey Tropp and defenseman Brayden McNabb gave a veteran presence to a group of 39 professional, junior and college players the Sabres hope may one day contribute to the big club.

Sabres first-round draft picks Mikhail Grigorenko, Zemgus Girgensons, Joel Armia (2011) and Mark Pysyk (2010) are also in attendance.

The original list of camp participants included 40 names, but was reduced when Lake Superior State product Kyle Jean signed with the New York Rangers last week.

Of the 39 players listed as participating in the camp, 35 skated in practice. Defensemen Mark Adams and Brady Austin, along with forward Shawn Szydlowski, did not appear on the roster for practice groups. Forwards Christian Isackson and Jacob Lagace were listed on the practice sheet but did not appear on the ice.

Sabres officials said all five players are in Buffalo for camp. Though the players had an intense early-morning workout, the team said none of the absences were injury-related. 

A full list of participants can be found here.


Practice opens again tomorrow at 10 a.m. and runs until 12:30 p.m. Practice sessions are free and open to the public, while Thursday's scrimmage costs $10. Those interested in coming down to the arena should bring an extra layer -- fans in shorts and t-shirts learned the hard way Monday.

---Nick Veronica

Twitter: @NickVeronica


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