This year's 3-on-3 tournament at Sabres development camp will replicate NHL overtime style and use the full ice as opposed to prior years' usage of strictly the offensive zone.
After three days of mostly drills, players will get to showcase more playmaking skills in open ice on Tuesday's fourth day of camp. They're enticed by the altered format that will resemble an NHL overtime with more space to create than in year's past here at HarborCenter.
"I'm looking forward to it, especially since it's going to be realistic with the full ice," said Eric Cornel, the Sabres' 2014 second-round pick. "You're talking similar to what we see in overtime nowadays. That will make it fun."
The Sabres announced Monday afternoon that the tournament will start at 9 a.m.., 15 minutes earlier than originally planned. It will be streamed on Sabres.com.
Right winger Hudson Fasching, who the Los Angeles Kings drafted in 2013, played 17 combined games between 2015 and 2017 for the Sabres, scoring only one goal and assisting on two more. Most of his time came in Rochester last season, where he scored eight goals and assisted on four in 37 games for the Amerks.
He's looking forward to showcasing his play-making ability Tuesday in the most game-like situation players will have seen in camp.
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Brendan Guhle, who played nine games between Rochester and Buffalo last season after playing 47 in the Western Hockey League, has his eyes on a little bit more than individual exploits for the tournament.
"We’re gonna try and win the 3-on-3 tournament, that’s the first thing," he said laughing. "But I’m definitely try to use my speed and show my hockey sense and show my compete level."
Right winger Cliff Pu, drafted in the third round by the Sabres last year, recalled several exciting overtime games he had playing in the Ontario Hockey League for the London Knights. He likened those to the action he expects tomorrow.
"The full ice will play to my strengths. I like use my speed and skill and that will make it fun for all the players to showcase themselves," Pu said. " ... A bunch of 2-on-1s, a bunch of breakaways. Any player will say 3-on-3 is fun, especially full ice. We're definitely looking forward to it."