Sabres taking unique approach to player development using iPad technology.

There's no question that iPads will be a popular gift on Christmas morning for adults and kids of all ages, but they've already become the electronic gadget of choice for Buffalo Sabres coaches and players.

Expanding on a program that was launched in Buffalo last season, the Sabres are now using iPads as teaching tools for members of the Rochester Americans, their AHL farm team. The Sabres are working with Global Aptitude of Baltimore to utilize the GamePlan app that allows coaches to send personalized video clips directly to players through iPads assigned by the team, along with full video of each game. The GamePlan app has already replaced the traditional paper playbook for several NFL teams, but the Sabres are believed to be the only NHL team currently using this technology.