After a seemingly successful draft weekend, the Buffalo Sabres are now able to gather most of the prospects from one of the best pipelines in the NHL at their development camp. Prior to the 2014 NHL draft, Hockey's Future rated the Sabres' pool of prospects as the best in the league.
Practices began on Monday, but the big event will be Tuesday night's scrimmage at 7 p.m. ET. That is when the "veterans" will be able to show how far they have come and the new guys will provide glimpses of their upside.
Though development camp won't make or break a prospect, it can go a long way toward acclimating them to the team—be it the city, the facilities, the fans, etc.
So, while no one will look back to development camp as the thing that turned these prospects into stars, it certainly can be an important step in the process.
Here are the five players all Sabres fans should be following between this week and the NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Michigan, in mid-September.