The Buffalo Sabres have announced their roster for the team’s upcoming Prospects Challenge, to be held Sept. 17-19 at LECOM Harborcenter. Prospects from the Boston Bruins and the New Jersey Devils will join the Sabres in the three-game tournament.
Sabres fans can expect to see some familiar names on the ice this weekend, including Arttu Ruotsalainen, Jack Quinn and Oskari Laaksonen. Mattias Samuelsson, Ukko-Pekka Luukonen, J-J Peterka and Matej Pekar are other big-name prospects who will be on the ice.
Don’t expect to see number one pick Owen Power, however. He’s back in Michigan at school; the same holds true for goaltender Devon Levi, acquired by the Sabres in the Sam Reinhart trade. Levi is already on campus & practicing with his Northeastern teammates.
Nikita Novikov and Alexandr Kisakov, both 2021 draft picks, are in the throes of KHL action, while William von Barnekow-Løfberg, Isak Rosén and Prokhor Poltapov are busy in Sweden, the SHL and VHL, respectively.
You also won’t see Dylan Cozens or Jacob Bryson, as both have seemingly ‘graduated’ from participating in prospects events at this point in their careers.
The Sabres roster has quite a few invitees, as well as impending Amerks players: goaltenders Mack Guzda and Oliver Satny; defensemen Nick Boka, Matthew Cairns, Charles Desroches, Clay Hanus and Peter Tischke; and forwards such as Thomas Casey and Riley Fiddler-Schultz.
Here’s the Sabres roster:
Neither the Bruins nor the Devils have posted their Prospects Challenge rosters as of writing.
The three teams will kick off this weekend’s action with a Friday night tilt between the Sabres and Devils at 7 p.m. The Sabres and Bruins square off on Saturday at 3 p.m., while the Devils and Bruins will finish things off Sunday at 1 p.m. (Certainly a logical move scheduling-wise by the Sabres, who avoid having a prospects game competing with the Bills/Dolphins game.)
Tickets for each game are $10 and available here.