No time to read full reports on each projected member of the Buffalo Sabres? No problem! Here is a one sentence breakdown for each player.
The Buffalo Sabres have several players who will help the team build off of their high-octane 2022-23 season, including a first line that could contend as one of the NHL’s best. And while pro hockey organizations comprise entire units like lines, pairings, goaltender tandems, and ultimately, teams, none of the aforementioned can exist without the true building block: the individual.
And the Sabres have 22 individual players who are virtual locks to make the primary roster in 2023-24. Below, you will catch a one sentence breakdown of those 22 players, meaning fringe names like Eric Comrie, Lukas Rousek, and others will not be mentioned, which explains why you won’t see a full 23-man roster.
Also, keep in mind that two more players not mentioned below will earn a spot in the lineup, since Jack Quinn will be sitting out for at least the first two months of the year. But until we learn who those prospects or players are, let’s roll with who we know will be members of the Blue and Gold this season, or at least presumably.
Breaking down each member of the Buffalo Sabres in one sentence
Rasmus Dahlin: Two-way defenseman is one of the best in the business, and he could be the next-in-line to lead the Sabres once Okposo is finished.
Mattias Samuelsson: Rarely scores, but no one helps the Buffalo Sabres win more than Samuelsson.
Owen Power: Legitimate candidate to breakout and work his way into the Top 30 blueliners in the NHL, if not higher.
Connor Clifton: Highly underrated player is a big hitter hoping to prove he’s capable of playing top-four minutes alongside Power.
Erik Johnson: The Kyle Okposo of the blue line showed us recently that he can still handle at least 60 games per season.
Henri Jokiharju: Hoping to prove he was better than he played last season after seemingly getting the nod over Ilya Lyubushkin, who was traded to the Anaheim Ducks last month.
Riley Stillman: Physicality should show up early and often when he gets a chance to see a spot in the third pairing.