BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Buffalo Sabres development camp has arrived once again. Many of the prospects for the team are practicing at HarborCenter this week, and that includes a few locals as well.
Defenseman Austin Osmanski will be participating in his first Sabres prospects camp after being selected in the seventh round in the 2016 NHL Draft. The East Aurora native played last season with the Mississauga Steelheads of the Ontario Hockey League, along with Sabres’ first round pick Alex Nylander. He scored two goals and eight assists in 65 games. He says that he is getting help from another local player Justin Bailey, who was selected back in the second round of the 2013 NHL Draft.
“A couple days after the draft, I think [Bailey] kind of let the hype settle down, and he sent me a message on Twitter, and said, ‘You know, if you ever need anything, here’s my number. I was in the same situation as you were two years ago. I can help you out with anything,’ so I sent him a text, and he’s on my team this week, so I’ve been going to him for a couple different things, and it is something cool, and to have him go through it before me, it’s a lot of help,” Osmanski said.
The Sabres also invited another local prospect Steve Racine to development camp as well. The Williamsville native is a goalie, and will replace goalie Linus Ullmark, who is out for the week with an illness. Racine is currently attending Michigan, after spending time with the Eastern Junior Hockey League and United States Hockey League.
As for Bailey, he hopes after this development camp that he can make the full time roster come October. He played in eight games last season for the club.