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Off day for Sabres development camp, but not for us (or you)

Nearly 9,000 fans were at First Niagara Center Tuesday night for the Sabres development camp scrimmage. 

Here's your all-in-one stop for coverage:

This just in from this morning: 

Open practices, which are free and open to the public, resume Thursday from 10:30 to noon and 1:30 to 3:30. The camp will conclude Friday with a three-on-three tournament from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Live from Sabres development camp scrimmage

The Buffalo Sabres' development camp scrimmage is at 7 p.m. at First Niagara Center. 

Here's an earlier post on everything you need to know for tonight's scrimmage.

Here's the development camp schedule, roster and more

Below you can monitor live Twitter updates from Mike Harrington, Taylor Nigrelli and photojournalist James P. McCoy: 

Live Blog Live from Sabres development camp scrimmage

Day Two of Sabres development camp: Scrimmage tonight at 7

The highlight of Day Two of the Sabres development camp -- and perhaps the top event of the entire week -- is tonight's 7 p.m. scrimmage at First Niagara Center. 

There is no admission charge and parking will be free in the arena ramp. Doors open at 6 p.m.

There will be three 20-minute periods with stopped time.

The Sabres will live-stream the scrimmage at, with Dan Dunleavy and Rob Ray calling the game and Brian Duff doing intermission interviews.

The public can also watch today’s game-day practices, which start at 10:15 a.m. and run until about 12:45 p.m.

Get caught up on Monday's first day of camp: 

Essential development camp info:

Live from opening day of Sabres development camp

The Buffalo Sabres' development camp opens today at First Niagara Center. 

Here's today's primer of what to watch for from Mike Harrington.

Here's the development camp schedule, roster and more

And below you can monitor live Twitter updates from Harrington, Taylor Nigrelli and photojournalist James P. McCoy: 

Live Blog Live from opening of Sabres development camp

Development camp primer: What to Watch this week

Sam Reinhart's first-pitch Friday night in Coca-Cola Field ( video)

By Mike Harrington

The Sabres open their annual summer development camp today in First Niagara Center with a practice at 10:30 a.m., so be sure to look for full coverage in print and here on the blog. Everything is open to the public, including Tuesday's scrimmage at 7 p.m. and Friday morning's 3-on-3 games at 10:30 a.m. There are no on-ice public activities on Wednesday.

Click here for our photo gallery of top D-camp attractions

With the franchise's rebuild in full-speed-ahead mode, this figures to be a pretty interesting week to watch a little hockey. Or a lot, if you so choose. Here's a few things I'll be watching for:

1. Zemgus Girgensons -- Each year, there's always a player or two with NHL experience under his belt back at D-camp. (For instance, I remember Tyler Myers back at Niagara University in the summer of 2010 after he had won the Calder Trophy). It's always interesting to watch how that player carries himself now and how much others gravitate to him. It will be particularly noteworthy in the case of Girgensons, who is only 20 but played 70 NHL games and the Olympics for Latvia last season after playing 61 games in Rochester and the World Championships for his homeland in 2012-13. He is future captain material.

2. Sam Reinhart -- Every move by the new face of the franchise will be scrutinized, particularly in Tuesday night's scrimmage when we finally get to see him live in game action. The video at the top of this post recaps his night throwing the first pitch at the Bisons game on Friday, where he got a huge ovation from the crowd as he was introduced. He also unveiled his No. 23 (Farewell, Ville).

The team better have those available at The Sabres Store, and Tim Murray can knock off the he-has-to-earn-it stuff with this kid at least. He's better right now than many of the forwards who were on this team last year. He's not sniffing junior hockey again.

3. First-round picks -- The Sabres' last seven first-rounders will be at this camp. That's an astonishing achievement. The list includes Girgensons and Reinhart as well as Rasmus Ristolainen, Nikita Zadorov, Mikhail Grigorenko, Joel Armia and Mark Pysyk. Nine of the last 10 Buffalo first-rounders are still on the team, counting Tyler Myers and Tyler Ennis. The lone exception is Zack Kassian -- and he was traded for Cody Hodgson in a swap of first-rounders. You could say the Sabres have 10 No. 1 picks in their system. Pretty darn impressive. That's how you improve. The word is Grigorenko has pushed his training envelope hard, as he needed to, and is closing in on 220 pounds. Interesting.

4. Ristolainen and Zadorov -- Last year's No. 1s both had strong first seasons in the organization, with Ristolainen really blossoming in Rochester after scoring the Golden Goal for Finland at the World Juniors and Zadorov competing in the Memorial Cup for London. Both got a taste of the NHL too. Ristolainen is a good bet to make the Sabres this year. Let's see how much more advanced they are.

5. The local products -- Justin Bailey and Sean Malone were both drafted last year and participated in this camp. Bailey had 43 points in 54 games for Kitchener in the OHL last season while Malone had 20 points in 31 games in his first season at Harvard. 

6. 2014 draft picks -- They're all expected to be here, so it will be our first look at Brendan Lemieux, Eric Cornel and others.

7. Goaltenders -- Nathan Lieuwen, who was felled by a concussion late in the Sabres' season, is scheduled to take part. So are burgeoning prospects like Andrey Makarov, Linus Ullmark and Cal Peterson. And 2014 draftee Jonas Johansson. This is a make-or-break year for Jhonas Enroth and Michal Neuvirth. Lots of prospects in the pipeline.

8. Newcomers -- I'll have my eye on three in particular: University of Minnesota winger Hudson Fasching, acquired from Los Angeles at the trade deadline; winger William Carrier, a point-a-game player in the Quebec League acquired from St. Louis in the Ryan Miller/Steve Ott trade; and winger Jordan Samuels-Thomas, the intriguing college prospect acquired from Winnipeg last week who the Sabres signed to a one-year deal when he would have become a free agent in August. 

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Click here for LIVE updates from Monday's first practice of development camp.

Sabres will hold annual development July 14-18 in Buffalo

By John Vogl

The Sabres are banking on their prospects to eventually turn around the organization. Buffalo will get a look at the youngsters next month.

The Sabres announced they will hold their annual development camp July 14-18 in First Niagara Center. This will be the third straight summer the camp will be held downtown rather than Niagara University.

There will be on-ice sessions open to the public every day but July 16, including a Blue and Gold scrimmage at 7 p.m. July 15. There will be approximately 40 prospects in attendance, including those who will be picked during this month's NHL Draft.

The tentative schedule is as follows:

July 14 On-ice coach’s practice: 10 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

July 15 Pre-scrimmage skates: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; Blue and Gold Scrimmage: 7 p.m.

July 16 Off Day

July 17 Practice/on-ice testing: 10 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

July 18 Practice/three-on-three tournament: 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Sabres' development camp to feature Grigorenko, Girgensons, Pysyk and '13 draft picks

By John Vogl

The Sabres' prospects are coming to town this week for the annual development camp, and the 40-player list features last year's top draft picks and all 11 selected this year.

Mikhail Grigorenko and Zemgus Girgensons headline the forwards scheduled to skate Wednesday through Friday in First Niagara Center, while the defense corps includes Rasmus Ristolainen, Mark Pysyk, Jake McCabe and Chad Ruhwedel. All five of the Sabres' goaltending prospects -- Connor Knapp, Nathan Lieuwen, Andrey Markov, Cal Petersen and Linus Ullmark -- will be in net.

Local draft picks Justin Bailey and Sean Malone will be joined by Eden's Alex Iafallo, West Seneca's Alex Lepkowski and Tyler Gjurich of the Buffalo Junior Sabres.

Download 2013-14 Development Camp Roster

John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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