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Teen fans chime in on Sabres’ hiring of Bylsma as head coach

The Buffalo Sabres welcomed Dan Bylsma last Thursday as the team’s 17th head coach.

Bylsma, the former coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins, has coached 479 NHL games making him the most experienced head coach of the Sabres since Scotty Bowman in 1979.

During the news conference held at the First Niagara Center announcing his hiring, Bylsma expressed excitement to begin coaching the team and discussed creating a winning culture.

“The expectation for a winning culture and how we go about things is not going to change,” he said.

There is big talk around the fact that Bylsma has coached Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

“Hopefully it means he is good at developing,” said Jack Schurr, a junior at Orchard Park High School. “He has worked with many young guys and we have so much young skill, like (Sam) Reinhart.”

General manager Tim Murray said he believes that because Bylsma has been through the Stanley Cup Finals as a player and has won the Stanley Cup as a coach, he is a winner and that the Buffalo Sabres improved as soon as they hired him.

“With what (Bylsma’s) got, he can work with it. He has worked with Jack Eichel already and is the next best thing after Babcock,” Chris Ciolek, a junior at Orchard Park High School, said.

It seems fans believe that Bylsma is a smart addition to the Buffalo Sabres’ organization. Now all they can do is wait for the new season and hope Bylsma shows a winning culture.

Alexandra Zurbrick is a junior at Orchard Park High School.