By John Vogl
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. -- Kevin Devine, the Sabres' director of amateur scouting, has been at the NHL combine all week. General Manager Darcy Regier spent three days at the event. It wraps up Saturday, but the Sabres' work is just getting started.
For the third straight year, the Sabres are hosting their own combine. Up to 75 prospects will visit Buffalo from Sunday through Thursday, including 30 who were good enough to be invited to the NHL event.
"It just digs down a little bit deeper, gives us a little more information," Devine said today in the International Centre. "We’re in the baby stages of all this, so we’re still trying to figure stuff out. It’s just like when we started doing the video scouting, and it’s been eight years now. At first it was great, but how do you use it? This is also still in the early stages, so we’ll figure out what’s important, what’s not important."
The NHL combine features interviews and a fitness test. The Sabres will add on-ice work and psychological profiles to the mix.
"We’ve got all these tests and all this data, but Doug McKenney puts them through the off-ice drills a little different than this," said Devine, referring to the Sabres' strength and conditioning coach. "They come into Buffalo, it’s the second time around and they’re a lot more relaxed down there. You see their true personality."
The Sabres' combine will not be open to the public.