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Prospects Challenge: Sabres vs Devils Preview and Game Thread

The Sabres begin the 2018 Prospects Challenge facing the New Jersey Devils

NHL: NHL Draft Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Game #1

Buffalo Sabres (0-0-0) vs New Jersey Devils (0-0-0)

Puck Drop: 7:00 PM | HARBORCENTER | Buffalo, NY


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What to Watch For

1. Dahlin’s debut

Sabres fans will finally get to see 2018 first overall pick Rasmus Dahlin play in his first real game action wearing the blue and gold. If practice is any indication, he’ll be playing on the top pair with Will Borgen.

2. Strong top line

The top line the Sabres will put out there tonight may be a glimpse of a line we’ll see down the road in the NHL. Casey Mittelstadt will center Swedish sniper Victor Olofsson and newly acquired Tage Thompson. If that line can click over the weekend, it’ll bring some more intrigue to training camp.

3. Ty Smith

The Devils will showcase their 2018 first-round pick, Ty Smith, this weekend. The 17th overall pick is an extremely smooth skater with high offensive upside. He’ll be another player to keep an eye tonight for entertainment purposes.

UPDATE: Players unlikely to play tonight are Guhle, Stephens, Bisson, Atwal, Glotov, Eiserman and Peterson according to reports from practice this morning.

Projected Lines:

41 Victor Olofsson - 37 Casey Mittelstadt - 72 Tage Thompson

70 Alex Nylander - 74 Rasmus Asplund - 52 Andrew Oglevie

83 Shane Eiserman - 77 Vasily Glotov - 75 Judd Peterson

73 Matej Pekar - 86 Kevin Hancock - 79 Cole Coskey

76 Pascal Aquin - 78 Myles Powell - 46 Eric Cornel

26 Rasmus Dahlin - 33 Will Borgen

45 Brendan Guhle - 67 Arvin Atwal

44 Brandon Hickey - 58 Oskari Laaksonen

24 Lawrence Pilut - 84 Nicholas Welsh

61 Devante Stephens - Tobie Bisson 70

1 Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen

34 Jonas Johansson