James P. McCoy Buffalo News
By Brandon J. Koch
NHL training camps are right around the corner and with a new regime, it’s interesting to think about the Sabres roster.
The Sabres will have a lot of competition in terms of the bottom six and part of the blue line.
Too early for a roster projection? Never, here’s what I’m thinking.
Teams must have at least 20 players on the roster, they can have no more than 23.
Center: Jack Eichel, Ryan O’Reilly, Sam Reinhart, Johan Larsson, Jacob Josefson
Thoughts: Josefson should be 4th line, but I could also see him in Rochester.
Forwards: Evander Kane, Kyle Okposo, Jason Pominville, Benoit Pouliot, Matt Moulson, Zemgus Girgensons, Justin Bailey, Nick Baptiste
Thoughts: Bailey and Baptiste will battle it out, along with other young players. I’m still strongly with the belief Evan Rodrigues and Hudson Fasching have a good shot as well. I don’t know what will happen with Nic Deslauriers.
Defense: Rasmus Ristolainen, Jake McCabe, Marco Scandella, Nathan Beaulieu, Victor Antipin, Zach Bogosian, Josh Gorges
Thoughts: Much stronger than last season. I think Faulk and Fedun in Rochester and fill in for injuries. They did a strong job in that last season. Gorges here as a 7th, also 4 million reasons why.
Goalies: Robin Lehner, Chad Johnson