Despite having the worst record in the National Hockey League last season, the Buffalo Sabres drew decent crowds to First Niagara Center for their annual mid-summer development camp.
Sabres officials said more than 15,000 fans took in at least one of the activities, highlighted by 8,700 people who attended the July 15 "Blue and White" scrimmage.
This year's crowds set a new mark for the Sabres in terms of fans attending the development camp. The camp features rookies and younger players.
"Since we moved development camp to the First Niagara Center three years ago, it has quickly become a signature off-season event for our fans," said Sabres president Ted Black. "There is so much interest and excitement surrounding the Sabres' prospects right now, especially with our present and future high draft picks and the moves that (General Manager) Tim Murray has made over the last five months."
Forty-one Sabres prospects attended camp, with 39 participating in the on-ice portions, to complete the week of on-ice drills and practice sessions, power-skating workshops, as well as off-ice conditioning and training.
"As an organization, we've really tried to ramp up our efforts with development camp over the past few seasons," Black said.