The Sabres have puffed up their NHL defense. There doesn't seem to be the thought -- or the need -- for Brendan Guhle to make the club this fall in his third year in the organization.
But that doesn't mean the 20-year-old isn't thinking about. Far from it.
"Whatever happens, my goal is still to make the team this year," Guhle said Saturday after his first development camp practice in HarborCenter. "It's not supposed to be easy but I'm not supposed to come in and have a spot ready for me either. I'll have to show them in training camp and preseason that I'm ready to play and I'm sure if I'm ready they'll do what's best for me."
Guhle's fast-paced style from the back end certainly stands to be a beneficiary of having Phil Housley's guidance as the Sabres' new head coach. Guhle admitted the firing of GM Tim Murray, who took him in the second round in 2015, caught him off guard. But it's now time to show Buffalo GM Jason Botterill and Rochester GM Randy Sexton what he's made of.
"It's what development camp is," Guhle said. "You have to meet and greet. I'm just going to try to do my best on the ice, off the ice. Be a leader. Try to make a good first impression."