The word of the day for Alexander Nylander was "fun."
The top draft choice of the Buffalo Sabres last month stepped on the ice for the first time in the blue and gold jersey Wednesday afternoon on the opening day of development camp.
"It's been a lot of fun," the left winger said after practicing with with the second group.
"Tempo was high so it got your pulse up and fun drills, good drills to get going for the upcoming scrimmages and other practices and I just enjoyed it."
Part of the enjoyment came from knowledge. His brother, William Nylander, has been through development camp with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
"I've been expecting it," the 18-year-old Swede said. "My brother went through it with the Leafs. He sorta taught me what development camp is like and nothing not expected it. Just a lot of fun today."
His goals echo those of all prospects looking to both learn and impress.
"Just to show them who I am as as a player and that I'm a good guy off and on the ice and work hard every single practice," Nylander said. "This is one step. Take one step at a time and this is very important since you've just been drafted and you're trying to get better as a player and try to develop as much as possible here and learn from the staff here that can help you for the upcoming season."