Another day closer to puck drop and more news surrounding the 2013-2014 Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres had a major practice on Saturday, with line rushes, and Ron Rolston game and an update on defencemen Rasmus Ristolainen and Nikita Zadorov. We’ll start with the positive news.
It appears the 2013 8th overall pick, Rasmus Ristolainen has done enough to cement his spot on the blue line. Rolston announced on
Saturday, that the 18-year-old defenceman has cracked the Sabres roster and is now officially a Buffalo Sabre. Ristolainen had arguably one of the best camps for the blue and gold and showed that he is ready to make an impact on an NHL blue line. After a stellar preseason and Traverse City tournament, there was little doubt that Ristolainen had earned a spot on the Sabres.
“We knew he was good, but it’s been a great surprise that he’s been able to play and he’s been getting better all the time as well.” ~ Sabres Assistant Coach Teppo Numminen
Rolston also provided an injury update on fellow 2013 draft pick Nikita Zadorov. Zadorov left Friday night’s game after blocking a shot and underwent a procedure to stitch together a smashed finger. As a result he will be out for 2 weeks. Rolston isn’t sure whether Zadorov will stay with the Sabres after his injury is healed, but for now he will not be in the opening night line-up. Much like Ristolainen Zadorov had a solid camp and showed signs of being ready for a shot in the NHL, but at least for now will have to wait.
Rolston also said that Marcus Foligno who has been out since the brawl against the Toronto Maple Leafs with a shoulder strain should be good to go on Wednesday when the Sabres open their season against the Detroit Red Wings.
Luke Adam has certainly fallen from grace, being put on waivers on his way back down to Rochester to begin the season. Adam could certainly benefit from a change in scenery and it may be in his benefit if someone picked him up.
Rolston gave no update on what he plans to do with either Zemgus Girgensons or Johan Larsson, but Larsson did not participate in line rushes this morning at practice. Read into that what you will, but it could mean he’s on the outside looking in with the preseason games complete and decisions looming.
It appears Rolston is wasting no time in announcing rookies and prospects who have made the Sabres but will wait until Monday or Tuesday to announce the next captain of the Buffalo Sabres.