5 standouts on the Buffalo Sabres 2023 Prospects Challenge roster

Jan 25, 2023; Langley, BC, CANADA; CHL Top Prospects team white goaltender Scott Ratzlaff (33) awaits the start of play against the CHL Top Prospects team red during the first period in the 2023 CHL Top Prospects ice hockey game at Langley Events Centre. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 25, 2023; Langley, BC, CANADA; CHL Top Prospects team white goaltender Scott Ratzlaff (33) awaits the start of play against the CHL Top Prospects team red during the first period in the 2023 CHL Top Prospects ice hockey game at Langley Events Centre. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports /
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Buffalo Sabres first round pick Zach Benson
Jun 28, 2023; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Buffalo Sabres draft pick Zach Benson puts on his sweater after being selected with the thirteenth pick in round one of the 2023 NHL Draft at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports /

5 – Zach Benson, F

And of course, we can’t forget about Zach Benson, who has already given us some razzle-dazzle in the WHL’s preseason. Benson was phenomenal during development camp, and logistically, I can see him taking over a game or two during the Prospects Challenge.

We may also see Benson line up alongside Matt Savoie, a teammate of his with the Winnipeg Ice (now the Wenatchee Wild). And if that’s the case, expect this dynamic duo to put on a show for the fans, and perhaps give them a taste of what they can expect when the mid-2020s roll around.

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If Benson excels against some of the better prospects during the Challenge, it will entice more than a few fans to keep tabs on him throughout the 2023-24 season in Wenatchee. Such a performance will create some serious buzz moving forward as he embarks on a pro hockey journey that will eventually find him in a blue and gold uniform permanently.

Source: Sabres announce 2023 Prospects Challenge roster by Jourdon LaBarber, Sabres.com

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