Day two of camp is when it gets real. On ice drills get tougher and while you want to impress the brass with your on ice ability it’s just as important to show them who you are as a person.
“I want them to learn that I’m a good guy and that I play for the team. That I sacrifice my body,” said Swedish defenseman William Worge-Kreu, who the Sabres took in the seventh round of this year’s draft.
“A good defensive guy. Easy guy to go around with. Can talk with everybody. A good guy.”
The Buffalo Sabres development camp continued at the HarborCenter Thursday morning as players were put through a serious of up tempo drills. A definite change of pace from Wednesday’s skate.
For the players the camp is a balance of wanting to be at their best on the ice, but also realizing that their future with the Sabres, good or bad, will not be decided in this four-day window.
They know that presenting a positive attitude and being a good teammate carries just as much, if not more weight, than a dazzling end to end rush or booming snapshot.
“They kind of stressed that this isn’t an evaluation camp,” said forward Alex Oglevie. “We’re just kinda out here to meet the staff. Players get to know each other. Future teammates. Just out here trying to work hard and develop our skills and what not. So work ethic and some skill is what I’m trying to show them.”
Whether you are a high, mid or late pick or an undrafted invitee development camp is your chance to show the organization that you can be a good fit in any role.
“It’s very important,” said defenseman Linus Cronholm, who was taken in the fourth round of this year’s draft.
“To make new friends and talk to all the coaches and get to know everybody.”
Guys are also taking in the electric atmosphere of a full house and fans who feel as if they are on the ground floor of watching the franchise turn the corner into a legit contender.
“It’s so cool,” Cronholm said.” It’s more people than we have at our games.”
“The fans here are unbelievable,” said Worge-Kreu.
“This is stuff I’m not used to. So it’s real amazing.”