BUFFALO (WKBW) After months of draft speculation and offseason, the ice is in and players were back to work Monday morning at the First Niagara Center, as the Buffalo Sabres opened their annual development camp for young players and prospects.
Among them, members of the draft class of 2014, including headliner Sam Reinhart. The second overall pick was signed to a three year contract over the weekend by the team, and Monday he made his debut on the ice. Reinhart said after he is happy to be through the draft process, and to be able to focus on his goal of making the team.
"It was a thrill to have that all over with and come here. It's a lot more comforting knowing all that's over and you can really get down to business and enjoy the week and really first experience that NHL level. So I'm just taking it in stride and enjoying the process. From yesterday to today to tomorrow we're going to continue to get better and more comfortable on the ice and more familiar with each other, so day one's gone well," Reinhart said after practice.
The week consists of on and off ice practices, and the Blue and Gold Scrimmage, free and open to the public on Tuesday night.