With the Buffalo Sabres Prospects Challenge in the books, and with NHL training camp beginning in just a few days, the Sabres have assigned several players to junior/AHL teams, and released several others.
As can be expected, the Sabres assigned Czech 2019 draft pick Lukas Rousek to Sparta Praha, and goaltender Matthew Welsh to Charlottetown of the QMJHL.
Stephen Harper, Bobby MacIntyre and Sebastian Vidmar were all free-agent invites at the Prospects Challenge. All three have now been released from their tryouts.
Just as the Buffalo Sabres prepare for the training camp, which opens on Thursday, the AHL’s Rochester Americans are also getting ready for camp. As a result, the Sabres assigned Pascal Aquin, Justin Baudry, Tobie Bisson, Shaw Boomhower, Kurt Gosselin, Brett Murray and John Wiitala to the Rochester club.
Over the course of the next few weeks, more players will be reassigned to Rochester, particularly as the Sabres get through some preseason games and as the AHL team gets closer to their preseason schedule.
Prospects who remain in Buffalo for the time being:
Forwards: Rasmus Asplund; Andrew Oglevie; Victor Olofsson; Kyle Olson; Matej Pekar; Arttu Ruotsalainen; Dylan Cozens
Defense: William Borgen; Jacob Bryson; Casey Fitzgerald; Brandon Hickey; Henri Jokiharju; Devante Stephens
Goaltenders: Jonas Johansson
This crop of players will likely join the NHL team at their training camp later this week, and some (perhaps Olofsson, Borgen, Jokiharju) will get a serious look at an NHL roster spot.