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Training camp reflections – rookie edition September 10, 2009

Posted by calvin in Uncategorized.

Lindy Ruff talked to the Howard Simon show on WGR yesterday. He mentioned, among other things, that he likes what he sees from Zack Kassian so far. You would expect a first-round draft pick to be more than one-dimensional, and it appears Kassian may be more than just a ferocious hitter.

According to Ruff, “I’m pleasantly surprised,” Ruff said of seeing Kassian for the first time. “He moves well, has pretty good hands, and he’s a physical guy that, in a scrimmage like today, doesn’t get to use the tools that he’s been known for.” If there was a “like” button for that comment, I would’ve clicked on it.

Of course, the big story amongst the rookies, and I mean BIG, is Tyler Myers. This kid is 19 years old, and is already 6’8″. Unfortunately, the fact he keeps getting taller means it’s difficult for him to keep his weight up. He actually looks pretty skinny in street clothes despite being listed at 240 pounds. Of course, they list Derek Roy as about 2″ taller than he is, so I have a feeling those height/weight measurements are bunk.

Since Myers has already lined his mantel with achievements in juniors (a WHL title with the Kelowna Rockets, being named MVP of the playoffs, competing in the Canadian Hockey League’s Memorial Cup and winning a gold medal at the World Junior Championships with Team Canada – not bad for a year or two…), he doesn’t have anything to prove in that league. It may be time to bring him up. This is when I don’t like that rule about juniors/NHL eligibility. Hopefully it won’t come back to bite the Sabres in the ass if they keep him with the big boys.



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