Jun 30, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; Rasmus Ristolainen walks to the stage after being introduced as the number eight overall pick to the Buffalo Sabres during the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Which Buffalo Sabres Prospect Will See More Time In The NHL In 2013-2014?


By the time you read this, the Buffalo Sabres Development Camp will be underway.  Dreams of playing in the NHL will be one step closer to becoming reality for some of the young Buffalo Sabres prospects who attend the camp (and those who could not attend it due to previous commitments, such as Joel Armia and Johan Larsson).

The question on all of our minds today is, which of the prospects will see significant playing time in the NHL during the 2013-2014 season?

The Sabres have already announced that Mikhail Grigorenko, who split his time between the NHL and the QMJHL last season, will be a permanent addition to the Sabres’ roster next season.  That’s great news for Grigorenko, but obviously it means there is one last roster spot available for those who are still trying to impress their bosses.

Joel Armia, Johan Larsson and Zemgus Girgensons all probably feel like they have put their time in in the minor leagues and and are ready to play with the big boys.  Brayden McNabb already spent some time with the Buffalo Sabres back in 2011-2012, so I am certain he would like to graduate from the Rochester Americans in the AHL to the Sabres permanently.   His competition?  Only Mark Pysyk, Chad Ruhwedel, and newcomer Rasmus Ristolainen, among others.

So many prospects; so little room.

Call it – which Sabres prospect is going to see the most PT in the NHL next year?  Feel free to leave an explanation of you vote in the comments section.  You can even write-in a prospect that you feel should have been included in the vote!

Which Sabres prospect will spend the most time with the Sabres in 2013-2014?

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  • Kevin

    You forgot Tropp and Adam! Unless you already included them. To me I think there are plenty of spots if you think about it. We are rebuilding so how can anyone say the opening night roster will be the right one? IMO I think the Sabres will wear a path to Blue Cross Arena this season.

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      No, I didn’t forget them, but I didn’t want the poll to have ten options! I prefer a poll to be around 3-4 tops; putting seven in for this one made me cringe!

      • Matt Nolan

        And Adam is a puff

        • Kevin

          They will probably have their last chance to prove themselves at training camp. I think Tropp is the better of the two. But who knows Adam could have been messed up by Ruff. Now he has no excuse.

        • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

          That too! Lol

    • Jes

      adam sucks donkey balls not worth the time to even spell his name out. such a disappointing player.

  • Matt Nolan

    Who do u think rich? Besides frigo who will have either a good or bad impact it seems

    • Matt Nolan

      Grigo*

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      I haven’t seen any of the guys who didn’t play with the Sabres last year, so it is hard for me to say. I thought Pysyk played pretty well while he was with the club. I know Minnesota fans were sad to see Larsson go, so I am very interested in watching him skate for the Sabres.

  • 40plusyearsfrustration

    Can someone comment on the news I read on another site that 1st round draft pick Rasmus Ristolainen has refused to sign if he is to go to Rochester and will will back to Finland to play under contract to his hometown team if he is not on the Sabres roster for the season.
    And what are the ramifications if he does head back to Finland.
    Will this be a problem for the Sabres?
    Is this a sign of prospects attitudes towards the Sabres?
    Just looking for information.

    Thank you.

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      I read the same thing! (Chad Ruhwedel pulled the exact same move last year, btw.) I personally think it’s ridiculous for these athletes to make demands like this when they have not played a game in the NHL – but from here on out, it’s the Sabres’ job to figure out how to handle this, They can agree to his terms, or if they don’t think he is NHL-ready they can let him go back to Finland. The Sabres have two years to sign Ristolainen or they lose the rights to him and will be awarded a compensatory pick in a future draft. Did the Sabres do their homework on this kid???

      • 40plusyearsfrustration

        Thank you Richard for the info. Glad we have his rights for 2 years, but as said GM’s history goes, that is no guarantee he will be signed and in the fold in the future. If he is as good as folks claim, do not want to lose him due to GM incompetence.

  • wolfdoctor

    I think McNabb will be traded before the season starts.

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      You think? The Amerks need players, too! :) McNabb, I would assume, is on one very short leash. We’ll see. I have far more hope for him than I do for Adam.

      • wolfdoctor

        I agree about Adam. You have to wonder what happened to him.