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July 9, 2012

Navy Seals put Sabres prospects through rough early-morning workout

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BUFFALO —

What will Girgensons weigh?

“Something in me, what my heart’s going to say,” he said.

Meanwhile, Armia will play one more year in Finland before coming to North America in 2013-14. Right now, he’s about two months into serving his military duty, something he “can’t talk much about.”

“When the season starts … it’s kind of over,” he said.

The 19-year-old thinks playing another season in SM-liiga, Finland’s top league, will be beneficial. Most of the players are in their 20s or 30s.

“It gives you a little bit something when you play with men,” Armia said.

Notes: Grigorenko, who will likely be given every opportunity to make the Sabres out of training camp, said he’s already put on a few pounds since the draft. “I’m getting stronger. I feel more comfortable against big guys now.” … With a surfeit of defenseman, Brayden McNabb could be pushed back to Rochester next season, at least to start. The 21-year-old impressed in 25 games as a rookie last season. “I want to try to expect to be in the NHL,” McNabb said. … Hodgson, when asked about proving the Canucks wrong, skirted the question, saying, “I’m just happy to be here.” Vancouver general manager Mike Gillis, who traded Hodgson in February, said after the season he spent more time on the 22-year-old’s issues than every other player combined in three years.

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