Nine players who spent most of last season with the Portland Pirates will participate in the Buffalo Sabres’ development camp next week.

The five-day camp starts Monday at Dwyer Arena at Niagara University in Lewiston, N.Y.

The contingent of players from the Pirates, the Sabres’ AHL affiliate for the past two seasons, includes AHL Rookie of the Year Tyler Ennis, a forward who had 23 goals and 42 assists.

Pirates joining Ennis are forwards Paul Byron, Nathan Gerbe, Felix Schutz and Travis Turnbull, defensemen T.J. Brennan, Dennis Persson and Drew Schiestel and goalie Jhonas Enroth.

According to a news release from the NHL team, the camp is designed to give prospective players the fundamental ideas of Buffalo’s playing system and conditioning program.

Players will take part in both on-ice and off-ice workouts.

Defenseman Mark Pysyk, the Sabres’ first-round selection in last week’s NHL entry draft, and right wing Nick Kassian, Buffalo’s first-round pick in the 2009 draft, also will attend the camp.

The camp roster includes 24 forwards, 13 defensemen and four goalies.