Dan Lambert coached the Kelowna Rockets last season. ©2015, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres hire Dan Lambert as assistant coach

BUFFALO – When development camp began Monday, there was an unfamiliar face on the ice putting the Sabres prospects through drills inside the First Niagara Center.

Who was it?

During the first session, the Sabres officially announced Dan Lambert’s hire as the third assistant on coach Dan Bylsma’s staff.

The 45-year-old Lambert coached the Kelowna Rockets last year, leading the junior club to a Western Hockey League championship and a Memorial Cup appearance in his first season following five years as an assistant.

Lambert, a former high-scoring defenseman, played 29 NHL games with the Quebec Nordiques from 1990-92, compiling six goals and 15 points. He played with Bylsma in the minors in the 1990s before retiring in 2009 after a 19-year career.

Bylsma helped out Lambert last season, traveling to British Columbia and running some practices.

The Sabres still need a goalie coach to replace Arturs Irbe. Bylsma hired Dave Barr and Terry Murray as his top assistants last month.

Notes: Sabres prospect Jack Eichel, the second overall pick June 26, will be wearing No. 41 throughout camp. It’s unclear if he’ll keep the number for the regular season. It could just be a “camp number.” … Two forwards in camp – West Seneca’s Sean Malone and Jack Nevins – won’t skate this week. … Williamsville’s Andrew Poturalski, a forward from the University of New Hampshire, was invited to camp.

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