Cliff Pu laid a strong foundation. He'll build on it with another year of junior hockey.
The Sabres sent Pu back to London of the Ontario Hockey League on Saturday morning. The 19-year-old is expected to again be the Knights' leader after pacing the team last season. He had 35 goals, 51 assists and 86 points in 63 games.
Pu was the last junior player left in Buffalo's training camp. He earned the honor. The forward shined during the Prospects Challenge with a goal and four points in three games. He used it as a springboard to the preseason, playing twice.
Pu had an assist during Monday's opener against Carolina and skated Friday night in Toronto. His ice time was limited against the Maple Leafs because Buffalo was short-handed for nearly an entire period.
Pu will start his pro career next season. The new regime is excited about what he can do.
"We like his grit," coach Phil Housley said. "He can see the pace of the game when he's out there. A lot of the guys, the veterans, have long batteries, and you can tell. That's something he's got to work on, his endurance."
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