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 three of the camp:
DYLAN COZENS SHOWING WHY HE WAS A TOP-TEN PICK
The book on Cozens going into the NHL Draft was that of a two-way center with size, speed, good hockey IQ and a quick release on his shot. All of those attributes were on full display on Friday.
During drills that involved three skaters or less with not much room to operate, Cozens lit it up, showing off creativity and an accuracy on his shot to go along with the aforementioned quickness. If his defensive game could catch up to his offensive prowess, he may eventually prove to be the heir apparent to the departed Ryan O’Reilly.
RYAN JOHNSON ALSO PROVING HIS PEDIGREE
Flying a bit under the radar was Johnson, a defenseman who was described by some as a prospect who was a good skater and a competent defender who made intelligent decisions in his own end.
Johnson appeared to execute the assignments that the Sabres’ coaching staff asked of him and was able to grasp the concepts with ease. He didn’t appear to be out of position much and would rarely let his man get behind him. Should he continue to impress like this in the future, Buffalo may have gotten good value with the 31st overall selection of 2019 after all.
WILL BORGEN IMPRESSING AT CAMP
Borgen has spent the last year and a half with the Rochester Americans after an excellent stint at St. Cloud State, played four games for Buffalo down the stretch and impressed with his combination of size (6’2”, 187 pounds) and physicality.
Time and again, Borgen threw his weight around during drills and let the opposition know that an outing against him wouldn’t come easy. With some more seasoning with the Americans, Borgen could turn out to be a valuable contributor to the Sabres in due time.