The Buffalo Sabres announced Tuesday the team’s roster for the 2018 Prospects Challenge, which will be held later this week at HARBORCENTER in downtown Buffalo.
Among the notable names on the roster, of course, are first-overall draft pick Rasmus Dahlin, promising prospect Rasmus Asplund, and a small handful of players with NHL experience, including Casey Mittelstadt and Brendan Guhle.
Goaltender Ukko-Pekka Lukkonen, who will be heading to the OHL for his first North American season this year, will also be in town for the challenge.
Dahlin is the youngest player on the Sabres’ roster for the Prospects Challenge.
Here is the full Sabres Prospects Challenge roster. Many - but not all - of these players also participated in the team’s development camp earlier this summer.
Pascal Aquin (signed AHL contract w/ ROC)
Cole Coskey (invitee)
Shane Eiserman (2014 draft | OTT | played @ UNH)
Kevin Hancock (invitee)
Myles Powell (signed AHL contract w/ ROC)
Tobie Bisson (signed AHL contract w/ ROC)
Nicholas Welsh (invitee)
The inclusion of Matej Pekar on the roster is especially intriguing, given the fact that generally, players from the USHL and NCAA don’t participate in these sorts of things.
Pekar has previously been quoted in interviews as saying that he would be returning to the USHL (Muskegon) while he finishes his final year of high school. He was not on the initial 30-man roster released by Muskegon ahead of their preseason, due to his attendance at the Sabres challenge; he’ll be back in the USHL for regular season.
The Devils’ roster includes two Western New York natives: Ryan Schmelzer, who recently graduated from Canisius College and played with the Golden Griffins; and Dylan Seitz, who spent last season with the Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL. Both have previously played for the Buffalo Jr. Sabres and other local youth hockey organizations.
Here is the full schedule for the Prospects Challenge. All games are held at the Keybank Rink at HARBORCENTER.
Friday, September 7
3:30 pm - Pittsburgh vs. Boston
7:00 pm - Buffalo vs. New Jersey
Saturday, September 8
3:30 pm - New Jersey vs. Pittsburgh
7:00 pm - Buffalo vs. Boston
Monday, September 10
9:30 am - Boston vs. New Jersey
12:30 pm - Buffalo vs. Pittsburgh
Tickets for each game are $10 and are available here.
No streaming information has been released yet, but it is likely that at least some of these games will be streamed online.