Former Pistons defenceman Justin Baudry has just recently returned to Manitoba, having spent last week at his first NHL Development Camp.
Baudry took part at Buffalo Sabres Development Camp up in northwestern New York. He has signed with the Rochester Americans, the Sabres affiliate in the American Hockey League, for the 2019-20 season.
Baudry says he had a great first experience. “The Buffalo Sabres organization is first class from top to bottom,” he explained. “The staff made it clear that the week was purposely for development and exposure to their resources. I was able to connect with everyone in the organization throughout the week, and also extend my knowledge of the game.”
The La Broquerie native and captain of the Bemidji State University Beavers got the opportunity to play with some of the organization’s top prospects such as forward Tage Thompson, 2019 1stround pick Dylan Cozens, and future Rochester teammates as well.
“I was impressed with the talent at the camp,” Baudry recalled. “It was definitely comforting meeting some of my potential future teammates and being able to get to know the guys. At this level, everyone is such a good hockey player and it continuously motivates me to grow my game.”
With the experience now behind him, Baudry is now focused on getting ready for his first pro season in the fall. “I will be spending the rest of my summer training in Winnipeg,” he said. “The offseasons are great because it really allows me to allocate my time towards developing and growing as a player through both on-ice and off-ice training.”