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10 takeaways from Sabres development camp

1. HarborCenter a good venue for development camp. HarborCenter seems like the perfect size for this event in a year where the Sabres don't have a top-three pick. The attendances weren't enormous on normal practice days. Only half of the arena was accessible to fans, and even that side didn't fill up. Everyone had a good view and it didn't feel awkwardly empty like it would have at First Niagara Center. The only hitch each year will be the scrimmage, but the $20 price tag limited interest.

2. Nylander lives up to expectations. Alex Nylander was the star of the show the past week and a half, and although he wasn't on the same physical level as the veterans, he looked like one of the most skilled players on the ice. He's heading back to Sweden for the rest of the summer to prepare for training camp.

3. Carrier and Baptiste ready to make jump. Both Will Carrier and Nick Baptiste looked like players on a mission. The two were among the few players at camp that have a shot at playing for the Sabres this season. Carrier was never afraid to use his body, while Baptiste used dominant power moves on zone entries and usually was well positioned for scoring opportunities.

4. Bailey will be a Sabre this season. As Sabres general manager Tim Murray put it, Justin Bailey looked like a man. The 21-year-old was clearly the most physically developed player at camp. He played eight games with the Sabres in 2015-'16, but should get a longer look in his second professional season.

5. Glotov doesn't look like seventh rounder. Vasily Glotov was popular this week for his personality, but his play wasn't far behind. He has strong hands and is a good skater, but at 160 pounds he clearly needs to put on some weight to make it to the professional level.

6. Sabres should tell fans the workout schedule. The best-attended day of the camp was arguably the most boring. Sabres prospects did short drills, including skating from the boards while attached to a bungee cord and skating with a parachute behind them. It was very hard to glean anything about the prospects from that day. Since the Sabres don't give fans a heads up, people can leave feeling like they wasted their time watching to a display of drills instead of going to a practice where there is more open-ice skating.

7. College players impress in 3-on-3. Two of the more noticeable players at the 3-on-3 tournament were Brown's Max Willman and Boston College's Christopher Brown. Rochester Americans head coach Dan Lambert said Willman looked like a young Wayne Gretzky at points on the ice.

8. Petersen could be goalie of the future. Cal Petersen is definitely one of the prospects to keep on your radar. He's impressed in his first two seasons at Notre Dame and was clearly the best goalie at camp. He prides himself on being a strong skater and has good positioning in hectic situations. There's a chance the Sabres sign him next offseason if he continues to progress his junior year.

9. Guhle is going to make another push at camp. Brendan Guhle lasted a lot longer at training camp last season than anyone expected, with his run only ending when he was injured on a big hit from Dion Phaneuf. In his interviews this week he sounded confident that he will once again be pushing for a position on the team. His main focus of the offseason is bulking up to be able to compete with players older than him.

10. Fans are supporting their favorite junior players. There were many fans in attendance who appeared to make the drive to Buffalo to support their favorite OHL players. A fan wearing a Cliff Pu London Knights jersey took a picture with someone wearing a Daniel Muzito-Bagenda Mississauga Steelheads jersey Saturday. In the camp's final days this week, someone came to the arena in a Baptiste Erie Otters jersey.

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