Training camp is still two weeks away, but the Buffalo Sabres are already in full hockey mode.
The Sabres we’re on the ice at HarborCenter once again on Thursday morning as the teams informal, summer skates continued.
A mix of two dozen veteran and younger players took part in a high tempo ninety-minute session.
A chance to get back on the ice was very meaningful for defenseman Zach Bogosian who had an injury riddled 2017-18 season that limited him to just 18 games.
“It feels nice to be able to go out there and not be thinking about injuries,” said Bogosian.
“Just go out there and play your game and I know when I’m on the top of my game I can be effective.”
A very competitive workout, these skates have been far more beneficial to the players compared to the traditional summer skates of either being on their own or with just a couple other players.
“I love to compete out there,” said defenseman Lawrence Pilut, who signed with the Sabres in May.
“There’s a lot of guys out there who love to compete, too. So you get to play with the best guys out there and you get to compete against them. It’s the best feeling.”
The skates will continue until middle of next week. On Thursday the Sabres prospects will be on the ice practing for the Prospects Challenge that will take place at HarborCenter Sept.7,8 and 10.
Sabres will be competing in a round robin style tournament against prospects from the Bruins, Devils and Penguins.
Training camp opens on Sept.13, with on ice sessions beginning the following day.