Sometimes players can learn a lot by sitting out and watching the game. They see things from a different perspective. They see different angles.
But what they see from the press box isn’t what they can see on the ice. So the new view isn’t as helpful as one might think.
“You get a different perspective watching,” said Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo, who missed the last 10 games with a rib injury. “It’s a lot different though. It’s a lot different playing. When you watch, the game is easy. If I’m watching the game, I could score 50 goals in the stands. It’s just easy. But when you’re playing it’s a little more difficult.
“In saying that there are a lot of things we need to clean up about our game. There’s things we need to realize we do that probably aren’t the best things and aren’t going to be conducive to winning, to being a good team. We’ve got to clean up some of those areas.”
Injured defensemen Taylor Fedun (foot) and Justin Falk (calf) did not practice on Thursday but Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said there was a possibility one or both would return for Saturday's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
After sending Casey Nelson and Brady Austin back to the Rochester Americans, the Sabres had just five healthy players on their blue line with forward Nic Deslauriers picking up some time on the back end.
Bylsma said “there’s a possibility of maybe one of those guys,” Fedun or Falk “coming back to practice by tomorrow or Saturday and we’ll see for the weekend.”
Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian and his wife, Bianca, are scheduled to present the proceeds from the Casino for a Cause fundraiser at Roswell Park on Friday afternoon. The inaugural fundraiser for the BOGO Bunch Foundation was held this past January. Donations include $40,000 to Roswell Park Cancer Institute’s general fund in memory of Bogosian’s grandmother, Armen Bogosian; $12,000 to the Buffalo Wellness Centers Juicer Fund, which provides juicers to cancer patients; and $2,000 to the Jeff Sgroi Foundation for the St. Francis memorial baseball field fund.
The inaugural USHL Buffalo Showcase is being held in HarborCenter Thursday and Friday. Presented by the Buffalo Sabres and the United States Hockey League, the event features the top 40 players in three age groups – birth years 2001, 2002 and 2003 – from Western New York and Southern Ontario. The showcase allows elite local men’s hockey players to be scouted by USHL and Division I teams.