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2017-07-13 / Sports

EA native Osmanski hoping to leave good impression at Sabres’ development camp

by PATRICK J. NAGY
Reporter


East Aurora native Austin Osmanski gets instruction from Rochester Americans assistant coach Gord Dineen during Buffalo Sabres Development Camp Saturday at HarborCenter. The defenseman was a seventh-round pick by the Sabres in 2016. 
Photo by Dan Nesselbush East Aurora native Austin Osmanski gets instruction from Rochester Americans assistant coach Gord Dineen during Buffalo Sabres Development Camp Saturday at HarborCenter. The defenseman was a seventh-round pick by the Sabres in 2016. Photo by Dan Nesselbush East Aurora’s Austin Osmanski returned to Buffalo Sabres Development Camp with the hopes of leaving a good first impression on the new coaching staffs of the Buffalo Sabres and Rochester Americans.

The camp, which features current Sabres’ prospects, was held Saturday through Tuesday at HarborCenter.

“Development is what they are focusing on,” said Osmanski, a seventh-round pick by the Sabres in 2016. “The coaches stressed that you can’t win in the NHL or Rochester until you develop the young guys. We are trying to impress them. The focus is on us.”

Osmanski, a 6-foot-3, 196-pound defenseman, is coming off his second season with the Mississauga Steelheads of the Ontario Hockey League ,where he recorded two goals and six assists for eight points in 55 games.

Mississauga started the season with a league-worst 6-14-3-3 record, went 28-7-3-4 over the remainder of the season, won the OHL Eastern Conference title and lost to the Erie Otters in five games in the OHL finals.

“Losing in the finals was tough, but it was fun to be a part of something like that,” Osmanski said. “It taught me a lot of about adversity and overcoming challenges. Our team was in last place in December and ended up winning our conference. Our goal is to try and get back to the finals.”

Osmanski said the past season with Mississauga allowed him to develop more as a player off the ice.

“The mental side of the game is just as important as the actual on the ice part,” he said. “I contributed what I could and led off the ice. I am prepared to help the team win next year.”

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