October 04, 2018 07:20 PM
The Rochester Americans begin their American Hockey League season on Friday with a home game against Charlotte, and there are some player with a lot to prove.
For many of the guys on the roster, such as the younger prospect players, they are hoping they can come out to the AHL with a hot and fast start so they can catch the eyes of the Sabres and earn an early season call-up to the NHL.
Among them are forward Alexander Nylander and defenseman Brendan Guhle.
"I had a really good offseason and had a really good training camp and rookie camp and have to build off that and keep playing my game," says Nylander, "[I] obviously want to be the first one for them to call up and want to keep playing well."
"Of course I want a good start," says Guhle, "I think everyone does, but I'm just focused on my game and helping us win games."
Although earning the call to the NHL is an important goal, Amerks head coach Chris Taylor also knows how important development can be, and he uses several former Amerks players as examples to keep the young players focused on their growth.
"You can use Brian Campbell as a defenseman," he says, "You can use Jason Pominville as a forward, he played four years in the minors because he got up there full time. I think he got maybe one game in his four years and in his fifth year he finally made it so it's great learning lessons. These guys are patient, I talked to Guhle and he's done a great job in the first couple days, same with Alex, no heads down, they're here to work."
On Thursday at practice, it was announced that Kevin Porter was named captain once again for the year. News10NBC will bring the word from him on Thursday at 11 p.m.
Updated: October 04, 2018 07:20 PM
Created: October 04, 2018 07:11 PM
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