We all knew roster cuts were coming as the pre season and training camp wind down in the closing days of September. General Manager Darcy Regier has announced the following players have been sent down to the American Hockey League and will start the season with the Rochester Americans.
Goalie Matt Hackett has seen his share of NHL pucks in training camp, and will now most likely attend Rochester Americans training camp as the clear number one guy for the Amerks.
Mark Pysyk has apparently impressed Ron Rolston and staff enough with his play throughout training camp, as Brayden McNabb and Chad Ruhwedel have also been assigned to the Buffalo Sabres top affiliate. Ruhwedel finished the year strong in place of an injured Tyler Myers – and will be on the short list of call-ups if the Sabres blue line is riddled with injury.
Mike Zigomanis continues to try and stick with an NHL franchise, but alas this will not be his year either.
That leaves the Buffalo Sabres with eighteen forwards, nine defenseman, and two goaltenders on their roster, for a total of 29 players.
With two pre season games remaining against the Columbus Blue Jackets at home (televised on MSG) and close out the pre season against the Carolina Hurricanes. Buffalo has wins against both of these teams in the pre season – but are on a two game losing streak dropping both contests to the Toronto Maple Leafs this weekend.
Six more cuts have to be made before the roster is set – with not a lot of time to impress. Who will be on the roster for the Buffalo Sabres come opening night against the Detroit Red Wings.