BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Sabres finished their week-long development camp Friday with a three-on-three tournament at First Niagara Center.
Mikhail Grigorenko’s gray team picked up the tournament win, the final touch on a week filled with team-building and competition.
“Besides the skating day and the skills day, which should be somewhat fun for them, we set it up to be a type of a battle camp,” said GM Tim Murray. “Effort and work ethic will be rewarded, or will be noticed, and I think we got that.”
It marked the first official on-ice sessions for first-round pick Sam Reinhart, who aims to make the NHL roster this year.
“It was really good to kind of get in and get familiar with the organization and all the facilities here and get comfortable on the ice. Obviously, it’s a high level of play here, so it’s good to get comfortable with it,” said Reinhart.
Reinhart, along with several other prospects who hit the ice this week, are all building blocks in the team’s rebuilding process. Murray says, he wants them to grow together, as the prospects rise through the ranks.
“To me this is the start of team-building. Whether he’s on the team this year or next year, these guys will be together at certain points of the year, and then some of them will play together. Not all of them, obviously,” said Murray.