Goaltender Ben Kraws becomes the 27th Buffalo Jr. Sabres alumnus since 2003 to join the USHL after the 17-year-old New Jersey native recently joined the Sioux City Musketeers in Iowa. Glover will continue his hockey career at Western Michigan, a school he chose because of the loud and energetic atmosphere of Lawson Ice Arena in Kalamazoo, MI. Former OJHL affiliates selected from their OHL teams included: • Quinton Byfield of the Sudbury Wolves (Newmarket Hurricanes) went 2nd overall to the Los Angeles Kings, • Jamie Drysdale of the Erie Otters (St. Michael’s Buzzers) – 6th overall to the Anaheim Ducks. From the early days of backyard competition against his brother, Kraws and his dad soon packed up the car and traveled around for further exposure and development. "He's a kid that is really focused and knows what he wants. Goaltender Ben Kraws becomes the 27th Buffalo Jr. Sabres alumnus since 2003 to join the USHL after the 17-year-old New Jersey native recently joined the Sioux City Musketeers in Iowa. “I think what really made me pick them was when I visited; it really felt like home,” Smith said. Tverberg took part in an online media conference organized by the Leafs Tuesday. “It just had the right feel to me when I went there,” said Glover when talking about Western Michigan’s campus. As ice hockey so often becomes a family affair, Kraws followed the educational paths of his uncle and grandfather by enrolling at Saint Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in Buffalo. Over the next two seasons, Kraws played with the Jr. Sabres’ 16-U, 18-U and 20-U teams for a total of 24 regular-season games and four playoff games. Timing is everything.”. Paskowski sticks out among his teammates, as well as most 14U players standing at over six-feet tall, which makes him an intriguing prospect. .lobar-close {background-image:url('//assets.ngin.com/site_files/2730/m/lp/lp-template-2/base/athlete-of-the-month/close-icon-white.png') !important;} Some do it better than others, but in the realm of things, you don't find kids that you're looking at in the draft that can't do any of those things. Mike D’Orazio, on Twitter (m_dorazio51). “Owen has a great shot and skates very well for a kid his size and his size helps him as a defender. “I loved the coaching staff,” McDonnell said. As a Buffalo resident, he was able to have family and friends come watch him when he played at KeyBank Center. “The [Jr. Sabres] goalie coaches were great,” Kraws said of former Buffalo Sabre Marty Biron and former Canisius College assistant coach John Daigneau. “I’m sure a lot of people dreamed of doing it and now I’m one step closer to having that happen.”. Smith said they drive to practice together every day. In Monday mornings championship game, the Pens Elite had an opportunity to get revenge on an earlier loss but came up well short to a very focussed and determined Jr. Sabres team. Thank you to everyone in Buffalo who helped me along the way especially Coach Peca and my goalie coaches, This website is powered by SportsEngine's. Center Declan McDonnell committed to Providence College. Looking ahead to his future, Kraws has already committed to Division I Miami University of Ohio. Goals came from Murnan-Mechor (2), Harrison Craffey, Colton McKenna, Chris Blachowski and Kevin Wall while cruising to a 6-2 win. Has your kid's coach helped them through this crisis?Nominate them   for a chance to win $2500! Most recently in the NCAA with Canisius College. Buffalo's front office was impressed with the NCAA Division I North Dakota commit’s competitiveness and hockey sense. Matteo Costantini (left) and Ryan Tverberg were selected in the 2020 NHL Draft Tuesday. Coaches have kept sports alive in 2020. In one of his favorite memories as a Jr. Sabre, Kraws and his 16U team made it to the state championship, where he said the experience was beneficial for him as a player. “While he is a defender, he also has a nice offensive touch. “He’s highly skilled, but he understands the game well. Kraws’ introduction to ice hockey came at an early age thanks to a family-wide passion for the sport. “There was constant communication with numerous members of their scouting staff throughout the year and consistent requests of video breakdown on Ryan. • He played in the CJHL Prospects Game in Hamilton Jan. 14. Buffalo's front office was impressed with the NCAA Division I North Dakota commit’s competitiveness and hockey sense. • He was on NHL Central Scouting’s Watch List throughout the entire season. Wiemer and Stotz each played strong games in net. Kids, don’t be in such a rush to play junior hockey. “I ended up being a goalie because I wanted to make difference in the game,” Kraws said. For Matteo … it just shows in a one-year span of how that character can sort of take over and propel you to where you want to go.". “Brody is one of the most sought-after players in North America,” coach Rivet said. “Trusting the process is the hardest thing, but they helped me before practice pretty much every day.”. The 20U Junior Sabres had a trio of players commit to colleges. Nick Tuzzolino, Costantini's coach with the OJHL Sabres, texted the following to Sabres TV host Martin Biron: "He has great passion for the game. The two youngest commits came from the 14U Junior Sabres. “I loved the small campus and their facilities. The son of former NHLer Andrew McBain is a junior at NCAA Division I Boston College. Kraws’ successes continued and a natural progression to further competition followed two years later as he and his mother moved to Buffalo so that he could join the Jr. Sabres’ U-15 team. When you’re that big and fast and as well-rounded as he is – it’s the whole package.”. They have a lot of history in their program and they’ve been a hockey powerhouse for the last few years – that really drew me in.”. Over the last six years, the Buffalo Junior Sabres have had over 70 players from the program commit to colleges and junior league teams. With his mom already in Buffalo, Kraws’ dad traveled more than six hours from the family’s Cranbury home to see all of the Jr. Sabres’ home games. Play where your confidence will grow. He tallied 68 points (36G/32A) in 50 games with the Jr. Sabres, earning Rookie of the Year honors from the OJHL along with recognition as the league and Ontario Hockey Association's top prospect. “He’s a guy, in my opinion that could potentially be a draft pick this year. Noah Beck, who played for the St. Michael’s Buzzers in 2018-19, went in the seventh round to the St. Louis Blues, 194th overall. Each played a year of U18 (midget) before signing with the same organization’s OJHL team just over a year ago. EVERYTHING EARNED. He’s strong, has a great shot and is a fantastic skater. Also selected were four OJHL alumni now playing in the NCAA and Ontario Hockey League: Zach Uens, who played two seasons for the Wellington Dukes, was picked by Florida in the fourth round, 105th overall. He also has a good IQ and has a ‘won’t be denied’ type of mentality.”. Success on the ice came from a balanced attack from game 1 through to the championship game. As fate would have it, Kraws and the Jr. Flyers would knock off the Jr. Sabres in overtime. And then skills-wise, on the ice, I think his game can speak for itself. NOTHING GIVEN. Not always a Leaf fan, he “succumbed,” thanks to being surrounded by Toronto fans. Justin Stotz was sharp in goal and got his first win in net as a Jr. Sabre. This ultimately gave him the opportunity to jump into a larger role with the Junior program for the 2019-20 season and he hit the ground running.”. So, that's what sets you apart. Wiemer only allowed the one goal as he capped of a very strong weekend for the 16U tandem in the nets. That same year, Kraws played in five games during the Tier 1 Elite League Playoffs and produced a 1.94 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage. According to 14U co-head coach Craig Rivet, Crane fell in love with the campus in State College, PA. Backstopping the Philadelphia Little Flyers, the then-12-year-old Kraws shined in net during a weeklong Pee Wee tournament in early 2013. While the goaltender was thriving on the ice, the initial change off the ice was something he had to get used to. Home / Joe Marszalek Joe Marszalek Off the ice, team bonding was at its best as this groups looks to build of a great opening weekend. From the brief time I've been in youth hockey, which is five years, you can see kids all over the place. Four alumni who previously played full-time in the OJ and eight former affiliates were also selected in the first-ever online version of the draft. Over Labor Day weekend the Junior Sabres 16U team took advantage of their opportunity to come together as a team.

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