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TONY’S TAKE: THREE THOUGHTS FROM SABRES ROOKIE DEVELOPMENT CAMP

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Sabres prospects receive instructions from the team’s coaching staff. Photo courtesy of Tony Fiorello.

The Buffalo Sabres’ annual rookie development camp is upon us and we at From The 300 Level will be providing insight on it throughout the week.

Here are our thoughts from day two of the camp:

RASMUS ASPLUND LOOKING GOOD BEFORE CRUCIAL YEAR

This upcoming season will be a big one for Asplund. The former second-round pick by the Sabres in 2016 is entering his second season with the Rochester Americans and will look to not only improve upon his modest numbers (41 points in 75 games) but will also try attempt to steal a roster spot with the big club.

Rasmus Asplund moves in on goal to take a shot during the Sabres’ rookie development camp. Photo courtesy of Tony Fiorello.

Asplund does project as a bottom-six center in the NHL, but his stickhandling isn’t too shabby either. During breakaway drills, he showcased some nifty moves and could bring that – and his strong two-way play- to the Sabres next season.

VICTOR OLOFFSON PROVING HE BELONGS IN THE NHL

Ditto Oloffson. After posting 63 points in 66 games with the Amerks and four points in six games with Buffalo, Oloffson will have an opportunity to clinch a permanent spot during training camp in September.

Oloffson’s strongest attribute has always been his shot, which is lethal. That shot has been noticeable at development camp, where he has routinely scored and executed drills with efficiency.

THE UNDERRATED MATTIAS SAMUELSSON ALSO MOVING HEADS

Samuelsson, the Sabres’ second-round selection last year, isn’t the type to wow observers with his puck skills (unlike draft classmate and teammate Rasmus Dahlin). But his physical skill set and defensive awareness will likely be his strengths once he gets to the pros.

Mattias Samuelsson takes a shot on goal during the Sabres’ rookie development camp. Photo courtesy of Tony Fiorello.

Like his father (former NHLer Kjell), Samuelsson has a knack for taking good angles against opposing forwards and doing the little things right. If his performance at camp was any indication, he could provide a steady presence on Buffalo’s blue line for a long time.

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