Prospect Camp: Day 5

Unfortunately, today was the last day of Prospect Camp over at Dwyer Arena, but it certainly ended on a high-note. Lots of good plays and end-to-end play today.

Team Grey:




Team White:


Brennan-M. Mackenzie
D. Mackenzie-Pysyk


The game ended as a 4-4 tie. Your goalscorers were Tropp x3, and McCarron?  for Grey and Boychuk, Beyers, Navin, and Varone for White. Cattenacci and Schiestel were absent from scrimmages again, which was disappointing, but anyways, here are the breakdowns for team Gray.

Tyler Ennis- Ennis was his usual self, except he was channeling “bad Max,” as in there was some East-West play, trying to dangle through every player. Still thought he played well, but he wasn’t the best forward on his team today. The “shame” he showed after screwing up his shootout attempt was hilarious.

Luke Adam- Adam showed some good speed bursts from time-to-time along with some heady offensive plays, but he was a bit on the invisible side today, which was disheartening. Hoping to see an effort that’s closer to Saturday’s than Sunday’s in training camp.

Zack Kassian- Kassian’s hands and offensive creativity were better today than they were yesterday in my opinion, but his overall play was worse. He did a lot of floating in the neutral zone, just looking for a pass to help break him into the offensive zone. He’s going to have to pull almost a 180 if he has any designs on making the Sabres out of camp.

Corey Tropp- Here’s the star of today’s scrimmage. Tropp scored a hat trick on two tip-ins and a nice wrist shot from around the hash marks.  Not only was scoring goals, but he was very engaged physically and played a good two-way game. The Sabres have some solid depth at wing now, but this is a guy to keep your eye on for a forward spot in about a year or two.

Steve Shipley- Can’t say I noticed him outside of a scoring chance he almost had on blueline-to-blueline pass.

Cedrick Henley- He had a better game today than he did yesterday. Henley was trying to use his size more, which was good to see. Not much else to report on though.

Justin Jokinen- Jokinen had a stronger showing today. Loved his effort, his skating, and his hands. Unfortunately, it didn’t result in too much offense for himself or his team, but at least you saw the kind of talent that he can bring to the table. He also had a very nice shootout goal he scored on the short-side of the goalie; nice, quick release on the shot.

John McCarron- Good effort by him again. He showed some jam in the corners battling for pucks in the offensive end. McCarron had a goal today too (I think), which is great.

Christian Isackson- Isackson played some center again and looked good. The offense wasn’t there as much today as it was yesterday, but he had a solid showing and played a solid two-way game.

Nick Crawford- Pretty similar day to yesterday. The defenseman was making plays with his legs and was very good in his own end, but today, he had a bit more offensive flair, getting a couple of shots in and setting some plays up on the rush.

Alex Biega- There’s not much more I can say about this guy. He’s been great everytime I’ve seen him play and today was no exception. Very smart position player, slick skater, and very good playmaker. Very intrigued to see how he performs in training camp.

Nick Bailen- I said yesterday that Bailen played pretty similarly to Biega, but didn’t execute as well. Today, he was executing just as well. Most notably, he blew up Navin in the defensive zone, which resulted in the play going the other way which saw him get the puck again in the offensive zone. From there, he made a slap-pass to Tropp who then tipped it in for one of his three goals. Excellent play all around by him.

Brayden McNabb- McNabb was making good first passes out of the zone and provided great physical play. Wasn’t that impressed with some of his decision-making in the defensive zone; he came out in front of his net a few times with the puck. He also cranked a puck off the pipe and had a great hit on Szydlowksi. Overall, he had a better game than he did yesterday.

Jerome Gauthier-Leduc- Leduc was more active in the offensive zone today. There was more pinches, shots, and puck-rushes. Fans did get a glimpse of the cannon-shot he has, but it got blocked on the way to the net. Leduc was also fine in his own end. Good showing for the offensive-defenseman out of the QMJHL.

Mark Adams- Adams was brutal with some of his decisions in the first period, but he rebounded with a strong defensive showing in the last two periods that saw him break-up some good chances going the other way on some back-checks.

Nick Eno- After having a very good showing the other days of the camp, Eno was shaky today, letting a softy during the game and a couple of softies in the shootout.

Michael Houser- Meh, he was ok. Nothing too special.

…Now for team White.

Marcus Foligno- Had a good compete level early, but tapered off as the game went on. The highlight of his day was when he tuned up Tropp. Best hit of the camp.

Kevin Sundher- One of the biggest disappointments of the day for me. After being so good during yesterday’s scrimmage, Sundher was very unnoticable outside of a great sequence by his line.

Phil Varone- Pretty much a carbon copy of yesterday’s game. The puck was on his stick plenty of times and he was creating plays with his speed and hands. He scored a nice goal in today’s game.

Jacob Lagace- More of the same from yesterday from Lagace. Great skating and stick-handling from him today that led to some scoring chances. Good to see the consistency.

Steven Beyers- Outside of a breakaway chance he ripped wide (which drew some jeers), Beyers was great. Very fast, good skill, and excellent compete level. Glad he got another goal today. He was my favorite invitee.

Geordie Wudrick- Better effort today, but still pretty ineffective. Not much to see here.

 Matt Zarbo- Didn’t notice him much except when he got lit up by Fienhage.

Brad Navin- Very impressive game by him. His hockey IQ is excellent. On top of that, he scored a goal and made a great pass to help set up another goal. Skills are still raw, but Wisconsin’s the kind of program that could rectify that in a hurry.

Riley Boychuk- Didn’t use his size as well as I’d hope, but his skating was better and he snagged the first goal on a busted play. His non-chalentness during the celebration was very funny.

Shawn Szydlowski- Another forward who didn’t stick out that much. Only noticed him when he got laid out by McNabb.

TJ Brennan- Another great game for TJ. He was slowing things down out there, making very smart reads in both ends of the ice. I wanted to see him just crank a slapshot instead of trying to put a move on the goalie in the shootout though, haha.

Matt MacKenzie- Quietly solid once again. He seemed to be getting into a bit with Tropp at one point.

Mark Pysyk- Didn’t notice him that much, which means he was doing his job on defense, but for a guy who wants to push for a spot on the Sabres, I would’ve expected a bit more. Solid day for him though.

Alex Lepkowski- He was showing off the wheels today and playing well on his own end for the most part. There were times where nerves got to him a bit. The big tree fell hard today too when Tropp knocked him down. Great camp for Lepkowski. I wasn’t expecting him to be this good going in.

Corey Fienhage- Fienhage was physical and play solidly in his own end. He seemed to have trouble making a decision a couple of times out there, but other than that, he had a good game overall.

Drew MacKenzie- Like the other MacKenzie, he quietly went about his business well. He did show some offensive vision by springing Beyers for a scoring chance.

Connor Knapp- A bit of a sub-par outing for him. Didn’t like the goal he let in on Navin.

John Cullen- Best goalie out of the four today. He made some outstanding saves with the glove.

Best Grey Forward- Tropp, HM: Ennis

Best Grey Defenseman- Biega, HM: Bailen

Best White Forward- Beyers, HM: Navin

Best White Defenseman- Brennan, HM: Drew MacKenzie

Best Forward- Tropp

Best Defenseman- Biega

Well that does it for Prospect Camp. It was a great time like always!

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