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10 observations from the Sabres development camp scrimmage

1. Justin Bailey was clearly the most dominant player on the ice, looking like a man among boys a majority of the scrimmage despite not scoring a goal. He helped set up Christopher Brown’s goal in the first period, going coast-to-coast on a delayed penalty. He fired a shot that hit Team Gold goalie Jonas Johansson, allowing Brown to crash the net and score.

2. The most impressive line was Team Blue's second, featuring Brandon Hagel, Judd Peterson and Nick Baptiste. The trio combined for six points, with Baptiste and Peterson scoring the first two goals of the game.

The three play complementary games. Hagel cleared out space, Peterson passed well and Baptiste set himself up in high-percentage shooting areas. It clicked, despite them not playing together at all the rest of the week.

3. The Gold team paired up Brendan Guhle and Will Borgen, two of the Sabres’ more intriguing defensive prospects. The two seemed to have some nice chemistry, making that a combo to watch for the future.

4. While many of the veteran players looked the part, it was a quiet outing for Hudson Fasching. He was held off the scoreboard and wasn't able to create much.

5. The crowd at the HarborCenter was rather strong despite the $20 price tag, with only one section scarcely populated. It was obviously a large decrease from last year’s Jack Eichel-enhanced scrimmage at the First Niagara Center, but showed there is a market for the game despite the lack of a top-two pick.

6. Cal Petersen saved 10 of 11 shots in his period and a half of action. It would be difficult to fault him for the one goal he gave up. The gold defense was nowhere to be seen, allowing Giorgio Estephan into prime real estate next to the left post. He was able to fire the puck into an open net.

7. Both coaches had to be creative with their lineups since the regular forward to defensemen ratio is off at camp. Team Blue had nine defensemen on their roster and Team Gold had eight. That meant many of the defensemen had to take turns playing out of position.

"I think both Guhle and Borgen looked good up front," Rochester Americans head coach Dan Lambert said. "It's probably because their ability to skate, make plays and shoot the puck."

8. Instead of power plays, the teams took penalty shots with the rest of the players on the ice chasing behind, simulating a breakaway situation. Devante Stephens showed his speed on one attempt in the third period, catching up to Cliff Pu and tying him up before he was able to get a shot on goal.

9. Paul Geiger left the game early after a deflected shot from Ivan Chukarov caught him in the face, possibly on the visor based on the noise of the impact. He left the ice with a trail of blood following him and did not return.

10. Rasmus Asplund was a bit hit-or-miss, but showed he has an ability to deke out defenders. The 18-year-old center could play in Rochester next season, but likely will be returning to Sweden. The scrimmage was one of the few times he's played in game situations on a North American-sized rink.

"I thought he was solid," Lambert said. "I thought he was real good on face-offs. He's a 200-foot player. He's extremely smart."

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