Following their first preseason game against the Montreal Canadiens, the Buffalo Sabres have made the first set of roster cuts, sending five players back to their respective junior clubs.
These cuts leave 56 players on the Buffalo Sabres active roster, 33 forwards, 17 defenseman, and six goaltenders.
Today’s cuts include four forwards and a defenseman.
On defense, Connor Boland has been returned to the Peterborough Petes of the OHL.
On the forwards, Justin Bailey, Nicholas Baptiste, and Justin Kea have been returned to their clubs within the OHL. Bailey will return to the Kitchener Rangers, Baptiste heads back to the Sudbury Wolves, and Justin Kea returns to help the Saginaw Spirit.
Logan Nelson was the fourth forward returned to their junior club, being sent by the Buffalo Sabres back to the Victoria Royals of the WHL.
None of these four players skated in the teams first pre-season game, and will have to wait another year to try and get into a blue and gold sweater for more than training camp and the Traverse City Tournament.
The Buffalo Sabres skate next against the Columbus Blue Jackets in pre-season game number two. Ron Rolston and staff have to whittle down the current roster of 56 names to the maximum for opening night rosters of 23 players. That means there are still 33 guys on the training camp roster, that will be heading down the highway towards their junior clubs or the American Hockey League.