Sam Reinhart - #23 - Center - 6'1" - 185lbs
News: Reinhart will make his Sabres debut Sunday afternoon in Washington, reports The Buffalo News.
Impact: Reinhart will play between Marcus Foligno and Chris Stewart against the Capitals in his much anticipated debut. The second overall pick from the 2014 NHL Draft is a strong two-way forward who is vying for a roster spot. It is still too early to tell if Reinhart will play for the Sabres for the entire season, but a good performance in the Sabres' first preseason game would help his case.
Jhonas Enroth - #1 - Goaltender - 5'10" - 166lbs
News: Sabres head coach Ted Nolan believes Enroth can be a starting goalie in the NHL, reports the Olean Times Herald.
Impact: Enroth will battle Michal Neuvirth for the starting job, but if one of them has the edge, it's Enroth. Despite his lack of wins the previous season, Enroth still had a respectable .911 save percentage on the league's worst team and made the Swedish national team for Sochi. He has been Ryan Miller's understudy for the past few seasons, but Neuvirth is also reunited with Arturs Irbe, his goaltending coach in Washington. Nolan will split starts between Enroth and Neuvirth for the time being. The Sabres have six exhibition games this season.
Matt Hackett - #31 - Goaltender - 6'2" - 171lbs
News: Hackett suffered an ACL injury on April 12 and could start skating soon, reports The Buffalo News.
Impact: There is still no return date for Hackett though he is expected to return midway through the season, perhaps in late December or early January. Hackett is coming off a tough season, losing the starting job in the AHL to Nathan Lieuwen. He is in a contract year and faces an uphill climb on a team deep with goaltending prospects. The 24-year-old goalie may not figure into the team's long-term plans. Jhonas Enroth and Michal Neuvirth are battling for the NHL job while Andrey Makarov and Lieuwen will handle the duties in the AHL.
Mikhail Grigorenko - #25 - Center - 6'3" - 200lbs
News: Grigorenko will open camp on a line with Joel Armia, reports The Buffalo News.
Impact: Though Grigorenko and Armia represent two of Buffalo's most offensively gifted players, neither can be expected to play with the Sabres this year. Grigorenko is coming off a rough two-year stretch after playing on three separate teams and Armia is coming off a tough rookie season hampered by a wrist injury. The Sabres have more experienced players to rely on for scoring and Brendan Lemieux, the line's third player, is not expected to make the team either. However, Grigorenko and Armia should form a dynamic duo in the AHL, and if both players perform beyond expectations they will both earn call-ups at some point during the season.
Luke Adam - #72 - Center - 6'2" - 206lbs
News: Adam is on the bubble and fighting for a roster spot based on the depth charts published by The Buffalo News.
Impact: Adam will play center on Johan Larsson's left wing and opposite of right winger Zac Dalpe. Dalpe was signed over the summer as additional depth while Larsson is also fighting for a roster spot. Adam returned to the Sabres after signing a one-year extension, but time is running out for the former second-round pick. In 12 games with the Sabres he recorded just one goal and 16 shots. When Adam is on his game, he can be a serviceable power forward, but his consistency has been poor. Adam will need to go through waivers if he is demoted, which provides an extra wrinkle to his situation. Last year, the Sabres waived Corey Tropp, and the same fate could await Adam if he has a poor showing at camp.
Tyler Myers - #57 - Defense - 6'8" - 227lbs
News: Myers will be paired with veteran shutdown defenseman Josh Gorges to begin the training camp, reports The Buffalo News.
Impact: As expected, the mercurial Myers will be paired with the dependable Gorges to begin the season as the Sabres' top pairing. Myers has struggled over the past few seasons since winning the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie, and often looks overwhelmed by the amount of pressure placed on him. The 6-foot-8 defenseman has plenty of talent but just hasn't been able to realize it. Hopefully, Gorges will take some pressure off his shoulders and also allow Myers to take more of an offensive role. If all goes well, Myers could be in line for the best season in his rookie year. He is, without a doubt, the Sabres' best defenseman in fantasy, though the team is expected to finish near the bottom of the standings again.
Zemgus Girgensons - #28 - Center - 6'1" - 190lbs
News: One of Buffalo's best players last year, Girgensons is penciled in as the team's second-line center, reports The Buffalo News.
Impact: Head coach Ted Nolan and the rest of the Sabres staff love Girgensons. An excellent two-way player with great wheels, Girgensons was one of Buffalo's more consistent players and was the standout forward for Latvia at the Sochi Olympics. Delivering on their promise to give Girgensons a bigger role, the Sabres are experimenting with him in an offensive role, playing alongside playmaker Cody Hodgson on the left wing and former Habs captain Brian Gionta on the right wing. Girgensons is scratching the surface of his offensive ability after scoring just eight goals in 70 games last year. He's often overlooked because Hodgson and Tyler Ennis are more well-known names in fantasy, but it's possible Girgensons provides better value than both of them this season with faceoff wins and hits, if your league counts them.
Sam Reinhart - #23 - Center - 6'1" - 185lbs
News: Reinhart, the second overall pick from the 2014 NHL Draft, will start camp playing between Marcus Foligno and Chris Stewart, reports Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News.
Impact: Reinhart is a strong two-way player with a high hockey IQ, and lining him up between the team's two most physical wingers suggests the trio will be the team's third line. While Reinhart doesn't share Foligno or Stewart's affinity for physical play, if all three perform to expectations it can be a very formidable checking line. Whether the line stays intact remains to be seen, but that Reinhart is already penciled in between two veteran players also suggests that the Sabres may keep the 18-year-old center for the season. Offensively, Reinhart is not considered a player with elite skill, which diminishes his fantasy value in the long run. Mikhail Grigorenko offers more elite skill and Zemgus Girgensons will be ahead of Reinhart on the depth chart.
Rasmus Ristolainen - #55 - Defense - 6'4" - 219lbs
News: Ristolainen reported to training camp at 205 pounds, 25 pounds lighter than he was the previous season, reports John Vogl of The Buffalo News.
Impact: This is good news for the Sabres and Ristolainen, who said he shed some of his baby fat. The 19-year-old defenseman is one of the league's top young players and over a summer of training has increased his footspeed, agility and overall strength. Ristolainen is the team's future franchise defenseman and looks more like it with each passing season. Tyler Myers may still be the team's most valuable defenseman in fantasy, but there's a good chance Ristolainen takes over that top spot by the end of the season. Ristolainen is a potential sleeper defenseman and a key target in keeper leagues, if you can live with a few more seasons of growing pains and playing on a non-playoff team.
Patrick Kaleta - #36 - Right Wing - 6'1" - 206lbs
News: After being demoted to the AHL and suffering a season-ending ACL injury, Kaleta is ready to return to the lineup and says his focus has never been better, reports the Olean Times Herald.
Impact: Kaleta was handed his fourth NHL suspension after a hit to the head of Columbus defenseman Jack Johnson. An aggressive player and a childhood Sabres fan, Kaleta is relishing a return into the lineup and noted his admiration for head coach Ted Nolan, who was coach of the Sabres in the '90s. Kaleta is vying for a spot on the team's fourth line and brings plenty of grit and experience to the lineup. If he can stay focused, he has a very good chance of earning a spot in the lineup. Though Kaleta was previously a reliable source of penalty minutes, cleaning up his game might serve him better in real life than in fantasy. His value is minimal at this point.
Patrick Kaleta - #36 - Right Wing - 6'1" - 206lbs
Thu. Sep 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kaleta (knee) has been cleared for full activities during training camp, John Vogl of the Buffalo News reports.
Impact: Kaleta missed nearly all of the 2013-14 campaign after tearing his ACL while playing with AHL Rochester last November. Now fully recovered, Kaleta will compete for a spot on the Sabres' checking line, where he'll offer fantasy players plenty of penalty minutes, but little else.
Jake McCabe - #29 - Defense - 6'0" - 195lbs
Sat. Sep 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McCabe (undisclosed) is a game-time decision for Saturday's prospect game against the Rangers.
Impact: The team didn't specify what was bothering McCabe, but it doesn't appear to be anything serious. If he's in the lineup, the NHL Prospect Tournament is a good chance to get a look at McCabe, who is expected to be a fixture on the Sabres' blue line for years to come.
Nikita Zadorov - #51 - Defense - 6'5" - 220lbs
Thu. Sep 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Zadorov believes with a good training camp and a good showing at the Traverse City Tournament, he can make the Sabres' roster, reports Olean Times Herald.
Impact: Zadorov openly admitted that his defensive positioning needs to improve to play in the NHL, though he did add that he learned a lot in his first year. The 19-year-old Russian defenseman is one of Buffalo's top prospects but faces tough competition if he wants to crack the lineup. In all likelihood, Zadorov will return to the OHL for his final year of major junior hockey. Other young defensemen vying for roster spots include Rasmus Ristolainen, Jake McCabe, Chad Ruhwedel and Mark Pysyk.