September 27, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Buffalo Sabres defensemen Rasmus Ristolainen (55) skates with the puck during the game against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Center. The Hurricanes defeated the Sabres 1-0. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Daily Dasherboard September 29, 2013

Buffalo Sabres fans: we’re so close to the regular season, I can almost taste it.

What does a regular season of NHL hockey taste like, you say?  Don’t ask.  It’s a difficult taste to describe, honestly.  If I had to guess, I would say a combination of wet leather, salt, Old Spice, and hair gel.  But that’s just a guess.

Onto the links!

Before the regular season gets here, the NHL has to mop up the pre-season.  Here’s your source for all of the games that went down on the second-to last night of pre-season play. [TSN]

Along with the start of the NHL regular season, we have the fun that is fantasy hockey!  If you’re still trying to build an elite team, check out this list of sleepers at every position. [Bleacher Report]

And, if you’re still ranking players, here’s the newest list of risers, and fallers. [Puck Daddy]  Is fallers even a word?

Optimism abounds as the regular season approaches.  Every fan has reason to believe that this year is going to be the best one ever for his/her team!  Thank the stars we have writers who bring us back down to earth with power rankings!  [Bleacher Report] Hey – it’s never too early to dash our hopes.

The Buffalo Sabres were pretty confident when they made their first pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.  Rasmus Ristolainen has done nothing to shake that confidence, and as a result he will be on the roster come opening night.  [WGR 550]

Wanna know how the Atlantic Division is going to look this season?  [Sports Illustrated] Well of course you do!

Finally, the Sabres will finalize their roster tomorrow.  There are still a few questions left to be answered, as Die By the Blade points out.

Enjoy your Sunday, and let’s go Buffalo!

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  • Don Manuszewski

    The SI rankings are crap. does this guy even watch hockey? Notice on the Sabres D depth – where’s Pysyk? They are the ESPN of Print.

  • davidmuscalo

    On paper, the Sabres look terrible. The defense is nearly non-existent (17 shots on goal in the first period by Carolina, a lousy team). The team is so desperate on defense they are not sending Risto down the Juniors where he can develop. On offense, the they are carrying Grigo who is also not ready to play in the NHL and the only effective center is Hodgson who is still young and developing. Of course, they have Vanek on offense and Miller on defense; however, they are both looking for futures elsewhere where their talent will account for something.

    This is a dismal and uninspired team that has been assembled by Regier with the blessing of Pegula. The wild card here is Rolston. If he can some how coordinate and magically squeeze maximum effort from these misfits and greenees, he will deserve unprecedented accolades from us fans.

    I fully expect a long and painful season, anything less would be delightful.