BUFFALO N.Y. - The Buffalo Sabres will start their annual summer development camp on Monday at the First Niagara Center.
This will be the first time the ice will be installed during the summer and the first time that the camp will be held at the home of the Sabres.
The camp will feature about 38 Sabres prospects including a few players that played important roles for the Sabres this past season. Left wing Marcus Foligno, right wing Corey Tropp, defenseman Brayden McNabb and center Luke Adam are all expected to participate in this year's camp.
Foligno made a big splash while playing for the Sabres in limited time as he tallied six goals and seven assists in just 14 games.
Tropp added three goals and five assists in 34 games while McNabb collected a goal and seven assists in 25 games of action. All three players provided an added physical presence on the ice.
Luke Adam played in 52 games with the Sabres last season, collecting 10 goals and 10 assists. He was one of 12 rookies selected to participate during the NHL All-Star weekend. However, he struggled scoring just one goal in his final 26 games with the Sabres and was sent back down to the AHL in Rochester.
Center Cody Hodgson is also expected to participate in the camp. Hodgson was acquired late last season in a trade with the Vancouver Canucks. The 22-year-old played in 20 games for the Sabres last year totaling three goals and five assists. With the recent trade of center Derek Roy to Dallas, Hodgson is expected to play an important role for the Sabres in this season.
The Sabres also expect 2011 first round draft pick Joel Armia to participate in the camp. Armia was selected 16th overall in last year's draft and is just 19 years old. Armia spent this past season playing in Finland where he scored 18 goals and 11 assists in 48 games. He was recently signed to an entry level contract, but will play next season in Finland.
The team's 2012 first round draft picks are also expected to be in attendance at this year's camp. Centers Mikhail Grigorenko and Zemgus Girgensons were selected 12th and 14th respectively in this year's draft. Grigorenko, 18, led all Quebec Major Junior Hockey League rookies with 45 goals and 85 points (40-45-85) in his first season playing for the Quebec Ramparts in 2011-2012. He is expected to compete for an NHL roster spot this fall.
The players will take part in both on-ice and off-ice workouts during the camp. The Sabres say the goals of the camp are to show prospective players the fundamental ideas of the Sabres' system and to expose them to the conditioning programs of an NHL player.
There will be an on-ice session each day open to the public Monday through Wednesday from 10:00 am -12:30 pm. The camp will come to an end with a Blue and Gold scrimmage game on Thursday at 6pm. Tickets are required for the scrimmage and can be purchased at the First Niagara Center box office.