Buffalo Sabres Player News: All Positions

News: Montour (hand) is progressing but won't return to practice this week, George Richards of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Montour is at least a week from returning to the lineup, and it looks like he may have to wait until Nov. 1 to get back into the fold. Once he's healthy, it's unsettled who Montour will bump out of the blue-line rotation.
News: Luukkonen (hip) has been sent down to AHL Rochester, Bill Hoppe of the Times Herald reports.
Impact: The Sabres had kept the goaltending prospect on the roster while he was on injured reserve, so this move suggests Luukkonen is over his hip injury. The 20-year-old Finn will continue to ply his trade at the AHL level and remains one of the league's more promising young goalies.
News: Vesey recorded an assist in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Sharks.
Impact: It was the only digit on the winger's stat line. Vesey's helper came on a Casey Mittelstadt goal in the second period. The 26-year-old has two assists and a plus-4 rating in nine games this season, as he slowly adjusts to a third-line role with the Sabres.
News: Okposo notched an assist and two hits in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Sharks.
Impact: Okposo gained control of the puck behind the Sharks' net and dished to Zemgus Girgensons, who gave the Sabres their fourth and final lead of the contest. Okposo has managed four points in nine games this season, adding 14 PIM, 11 hits and 11 shots on goal from a bottom-six position.
News: Larsson generated an assist, three blocked shots, two hits and two shots on goal in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Sharks.
Impact: The fourth-liner did a little bit of everything in the contest, including providing a secondary assist on Zemgus Girgensons' game-winning goal. Larsson has only two points in nine games, and he likely won't warrant fantasy attention despite healthy non-scoring production (10 hits, 12 shots on goal).
News: Scandella produced an assist and a plus-2 rating in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Sharks.
Impact: The 29-year-old defenseman now has three points in nine games this season. Scandella has also added a plus-5 rating and 13 blocked shots. His career high in points is 23, set in 2014-15 with the Wild, so he's not likely to make a huge impact offensively, but he should have more than the 13 points he put up last year.
News: McCabe notched an assist and added three blocked shots in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Sharks.
Impact: The 26-year-old defenseman had a hand in Jeff Skinner's third-period goal. McCabe isn't well known for offense, with a career-high 20 points coming in 2016-17. However, McCabe does have 20 hits and 27 blocked shots in nine appearances this season, and he's skating on the top pairing for the Sabres, so a little offense is bound to come his way.
News: Jokiharju provided a pair of assists in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Sharks.
Impact: The Finnish defenseman also had a pair of shots and a plus-2 rating in the contest. Jokiharju is up to three assists, nine hits and nine blocked shots in nine games this year, which isn't too bad for a 20-year-old adjusting to his second team in as many NHL seasons.
News: Skinner scored a goal on nine shots in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Sharks.
Impact: Skinner's shooting has been feast or famine in California, as he sandwiched a no-shot effort versus the Kings with a pair of nine-shot outings against the Ducks and Sharks. The trigger-happy winger has five goals and seven points in nine games, to go with a league-leading 44 shots on goal. The high volume of attempts alone will result in lofty offensive stats for the 27-year-old, who sits at seven points through the team's first nine games.
News: Mittelstadt scored a goal in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Sharks.
Impact: The 20-year-old center remained hot with his third goal and fourth point in the last two games. He's got six points through nine games this season, providing solid depth scoring. Mittelstadt was a bit disappointing with 25 points in 77 outings last year, but he seems poised to smash that mark in 2019-20.
News: Girgensons scored a goal in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Sharks.
Impact: The Latvian forward's first goal couldn't have come at a better time, breaking a 3-3 deadlock at 12:15 of the third period. Girgensons' goal stood as the game-winner. The 25-year-old has managed four points in nine games this year, but he's only seeing fourth-line minutes, which will limit his chances to produce.
News: Johansson scored a goal on four shots, dished an assist and went plus-2 in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Sharks.
Impact: Johansson provided the game's opening goal, and later set up a Jeff Skinner tally in the third period. The Swedish forward has four goals and seven points in nine games to start the year. He's looking to recapture the form that made him a five-time 40-point man during his Capitals career, and a top-six role in Buffalo has benefited him quite well in the early going.
News: Ullmark allowed three goals on 32 shots in a 4-3 win over the Sharks on Saturday.
Impact: All three goals surrendered tied the game, but Zemgus Girgensons was able to put the Sabres ahead for good at 12:15 of the third period. Ullmark has a 2-1-1 record with 11 goals allowed in four appearances this season. Carter Hutton has played well too, and that will likely force Ullmark back to the bench for Tuesday's rematch with these Sharks at home.
News: Ullmark will start Saturday in San Jose.
Impact: Ullmark surrendered four goals to the Ducks in Buffalo's only regulation loss of the season Wednesday, but he'll get an opportunity to make amends against the 3-4-0 Sharks. San Jose's wins have come in the team's last three games, though, so Ullmark will certainly have his hands full on the road.
News: Pilut (shoulder) is starting for AHL Rochester in Friday's game versus AHL Cleveland.
Impact: Pilut was recovering from shoulder surgery during training camp. The 23-year-old defenseman is now good to go and will get up to game speed in the minors, where he'll likely play a majority of the season.
News: The Sabres assigned Lazar to AHL Rochester on Friday.
Impact: Conor Sheary (upper body) returned to action Thursday against the Kings, so Buffalo's no longer in need of Lazar's services as a depth forward. The 24-year-old will likely bounce between the AHL and NHL throughout the 2019-20 campaign.
News: Ristolainen picked up an assist on the man advantage in Thursday's 3-0 win over the Kings.
Impact: The Finnish defenseman has produced three assists, 15 hits and 21 shots on goal in eight games this season. Ristolainen has topped 40 points in each of the last four campaigns, so it's likely he'll pick up the pace in due time.
News: Dahlin picked up an assist and four blocked shots in Thursday's 3-0 win over the Kings.
Impact: Dahlin's helper came on a first-period tally by Conor Sheary. The 19-year-old defenseman has nine points in eight games to start the year, although the four-block effort Thursday doubled his total in that category. There's no question to Dahlin's offensive capabilities -- it's his defense that could occasionally draw the ire of coach Ralph Krueger.
News: Miller registered a power-play assist, two shots on goal and two blocked shots in Thursday's 3-0 win over the Kings.
Impact: Miller has somewhat quietly amassed four helpers in eight games. Three of his assists have come on the man advantage. The 26-year-old defenseman has added a plus-6 rating, 12 hits and 11 shots on goal this year.
News: Vesey picked up an assist and went plus-2 in Thursday's 3-0 win over the Kings.
Impact: The drought has ended for Vesey, who came up empty in seven straight games to open the season. The 26-year-old produced 35 points in 81 games for the Rangers last season, but he could struggle to match that mark in his first year with the Sabres if his offense remains inconsistent.
News: Sheary scored a goal and went plus-2 in Thursday's 3-0 win over the Kings.
Impact: Sheary didn't show any rust from missing the last four games with an upper-body injury. His line with Casey Mittelstadt and Jimmy Vesey combined for all three goals in the contest. Sheary has produced four points and a plus-3 rating in four appearances this year.
News: Mittelstadt scored two goals (one on the power play) and added an assist in Thursday's 3-0 win over the Kings.
Impact: That's the kind of performance the Sabres had in mind when they took Mittelstadt eighth overall in the 2017 draft. Unfortunately, he put six scoreless games between a two-assist effort on Opening Night and this contest. The center has five points and 14 shots on goal in eight outings this year.
News: Hutton turned aside all 47 shots he faced in Thursday's 3-0 win over the Kings.
Impact: Hutton was dialed in from the start, and capped off the effort with 19 saves in the third period. It's the second consecutive shutout for the 33-year-old goalie, and the 14th goose egg of his career. Hutton is clearly the hot hand in Buffalo right now with a 5-0-0 record, and he should draw the start Saturday versus the Sharks.
News: Hutton will patrol the road crease for Thursday's tilt against the Kings, John Vogl of The Athletic reports.
Impact: This will be the first start following Hutton's shutout of the Stars on Monday. Hutton has been spectacular this season, sporting a perfect 4-0-0 record to go along with a 1.74 GAA and .931 save percentage in four starts. The 33-year-old will likely be busy in net, as he faces a Kings offense that ranks second in the league this campaign in shots per game (36.3).
News: Sheary (upper body) will be in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Kings, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
Impact: Sheary has missed the last four games due to the upper-body issue, but he returned to practice Tuesday, suggesting a return could be near. Now that he's slated to return, Evan Rodrigues is expected to exit the lineup. Sheary was a point-per-game player before his injury, collecting two goals and an assist in three games. Furthermore, expect Sheary to see some time on the power play in his return to the ice.
News: Ristolainen has two points through seven games for Buffalo.
Impact: After posting four consecutive 40-point campaigns, Ristolainen has had a relatively slow start to 2019-20. He has two assists, both generated during blowout victories. Rasmus Dahlin has been the catalyst on defense for Buffalo so far, forcing Ristolainen down to the second power-play unit. His value should be considered lower than usual for the time being.
News: Gilmour has yet to appear in a game this season.
Impact: Gilmour was a free-agent signee in the summer, but he's been a healthy scratch during each of Buffalo's seven contests. The Sabres are deep on defense, so don't expect much playing time for Gilmour this season.
News: Vesey has yet to collect a point through seven games with the Sabres.
Impact: An offseason acquisition, Vesey was brought in to provide more scoring depth to Buffalo. That hasn't been the case yet, as he has no points and just eight shots in his seven outings as a Sabre. After scoring 35 points last year with the Rangers, he will need to go on a hot streak if he's to match those numbers. He's playing a career-low 12:21 of ice time per game, so don't expect much production right away.
News: Reinhart posted a power-play assist in a 5-2 loss to the Ducks on Wednesday.
Impact: Reinhart set up Victor Olofsson's goal in the first period, making it 2-0 at the time, but that would be it for the Sabres' offense. Reinhart has only been held off the scoresheet once this year, posting three goals and seven points in seven games. He looks the part of a top-line winger -- use with confidence.
News: Skinner posted an assist and a game-high nine shots on goal in Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Ducks.
Impact: Skinner will be seeing John Gibson in his nightmares for a while after coming up empty on those nine shots. The winger has produced six points and 35 shots through seven games. He's never put fewer than 210 pucks on goal in a non-lockout-shortened campaign, and those chances typically yield good point production for the 27-year-old.
News: Olofsson scored a power-play goal on two shots in Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Ducks.
Impact: This is not a recording -- all six of Olofsson's tallies this year have come with a man advantage. The Swedish rookie is making the most of his first-unit usage with all the goals, but he's not going to shoot over 30 percent forever. Olofsson has eight points and 17 shots in seven games.
News: Eichel netted a goal and posted four shots in Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Ducks.
Impact: Eichel did it himself, scoring an unassisted tally at 7:35 of the first period. Unfortunately for the Sabres, the Ducks made quite the comeback. The 22-year-old center has 10 points through seven games this season while adding 26 shots on goal. Six of his points are of the power-play variety.
News: Ullmark allowed four goals on 30 shots in Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Ducks.
Impact: Things started well with the Sabres taking an early 2-0 lead, but a three-goal second period from the Ducks doomed Ullmark's performance. The Swedish netminder has allowed 10 goals and posted a 1-1-1 record through three stars this year, and he's getting the short end of a timeshare with Carter Hutton, who will likely tend twine in Los Angeles on Thursday.
News: Ullmark will patrol the road crease for Wednesday's showdown against the Ducks, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
Impact: Coming off an overtime win in which Ullmark stopped 41 of 43 shots, he'll give starter Carter Hutton a break Wednesday. Ullmark has been solid this season, and will draw a great matchup, facing a Ducks offense that has averaged just 2.17 goals per game this season, which ranks 28th in the league. The only time the Swede faced the Ducks in his career, Ullmark was perfect, stopping all 40 shots he faced en route to the victory.
News: Sheary (upper body) won't be in the lineup for Wednesday's game against Anaheim, NHL.com's Dan Arritt reports.
Impact: Sheary returned to practice Tuesday, so he's definitely making progress in his recovery, but he'll have to wait for Thursday's matchup with L.A. for his next opportunity to rejoin the lineup. Once he's given the green light, the 27-year-old return to a bottom-six role and a spot on one of Buffalo's power-play units.
News: Sobotka has received words of praise from new coach Ralph Krueger and will remain on Jeff Skinner's line until further notice. "Sobotka just doesn't get the credit he deserves here," said Krueger. "He's allowing (Marcus) Johansson and Skinner some freedom to take some risks here and there. He's an unbelievable physical presence on that line, and we're so pleased he was rewarded with something offensively today. I'm sure that will give him confidence for the future."
Impact: Sobotka picked up his first point of the season while skating on that line during Monday's win over the Stars. While it's nice the veteran has secured a spot on Buffalo's No. 2 line, remember he's primarily a checker that almost never sees time on the power play. Sobotka has been in the league since 2007 and has only put up a 30-point season twice.
News: Sheary (upper body) participated in Tuesday's practice.
Impact: Getting back on the ice gives Sheary a chance to suit up Wednesday against the Ducks. It's unsettled whether the Sabres will rush Sheary back just one week after he was given a "week-to-week" designation, but he's now being considered day-to-day. Expect Sheary to fill into the middle six when he's ready.
News: Hutton turned aside all 25 shots fired his way in a 4-0 win over Dallas on Monday.
Impact: Dallas mustered just five shots in the game's opening period before peppering Hutton in the final frame, outshooting the host Sabres 12-3 in the third. The Stars simply could not solve Buffalo's netminder on this day. Coming off his first shutout of the season, Hutton has now won his first four starts of the 2019-20 season.
News: Skinner scored an even-strength goal in Monday's 4-0 win over Dallas.
Impact: The forward has scored in four of Buffalo's first six games, with Skinner now sitting at five points after tickling twine in Monday's win at home. The 27-year-old is coming off his first 40-goal campaign, with early signs suggesting Skinner could duplicate, or possibly eclipse, his 2018-19 production in 2019-20.
News: Reinhart scored his third goal of the season in a 4-0 win over Dallas on Monday.
Impact: Despite finishing with an uncharacteristically low TOI (17:40), Reinhart finished Monday's win with a goal, giving him six points in as many contests to start the year. Perhaps it was just the flow of the game that led to a dip in ice time for Reinhart, but regardless, he was able to find the goal column to reward fantasy owners. Don't look now, but Reinhart has collected points in five of six to begin the 2019-20 season. It's hard to beat that level of consistency.
News: Dahlin collected a power-play assist in Monday's 4-0 win over the visiting Stars.
Impact: The 19-year-old Swedish blueliner now has seven assists on the year, compared to one goal. Six of his eight points have come on the man advantage, so Dahlin has definitely been rewarding fantasy owners on a routine basis in the early stages of the 2019-20 season.
News: Olofsson scored his fifth power-play goal of the 2019-20 season in a 4-0 win over Dallas on Monday.
Impact: Olofsson has been on fire to start the year, with seven points in six games. He certainly has plenty of scoring touch at this level and opposing teams will now have to start focusing on shutting down the young winger if they hope to defeat the red-hot Sabres. The 24-year-old is now tied with Edmonton's James Neal for the league lead in power-play goals with five.
News: Eichel tallied a pair of assists -- one on the power play -- in Monday's 4-0 win over Dallas.
Impact: Eichel's performance helped the host Sabres remain undefeated in regulation. Buffalo's captain picked up a pair of secondary helpers in Sunday's win over the Stars, one of which came on Victor Olofsson's power-play goal at the 6:27 mark of the second period. "Streaky" seems like the optimal word to describe Eichel's start to the current campaign, as all nine of his points (six coming on Sabres power plays) have come over three games. He's been held without a point in Buffalo's other three contests.
News: Hutton will protect the home cage for Monday's game against the Stars.
Impact: Although Hutton's stats aren't flashy -- he has a .908 save percentage -- he's undefeated after his first three starts of the year. He'll need to keep it up since backup Linus Ullmark has been impressive so far as well. The Stars enter this contest 1-5-1 with just 2.17 goals per game, but Hutton's win streak is in jeopardy as counterpart Ben Bishop has a 12-0-1 career record against the Sabres.
News: Lazar was called up from AHL Rochester on Sunday, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
Impact: Lazar has 246 games of NHL experience but suited up for just one contest with Calgary last season as he was stashed away with AHL Stockton for nearly the entire campaign. The Sabres have a four-game slate this week, including three games on the west coast. The 24-year-old will likely be scratched in several of those but could slide into the lineup at some point.
News: Okposo had two assists and one shot on goal Friday in a 3-2 shootout win over the Panthers.
Impact: The Sabres scored twice in regulation and Okposo figured in on both, serving as the setup man on a pair of pretty odd-man rushes. They were the first helpers of the season for the 31-year-old, who entered the night with just one goal in his first four games. Okposo logged less than 14 minutes of ice time per game last season and that number is barely over 10 minutes per night this season. That level of playing time will limit the offensive numbers for Okposo, who had 14 goals and 29 points in 78 games a year ago.
News: Girgensons had two assists and two shots on goal in a 3-2 shootout win over Florida on Friday.
Impact: Girgensons assisted on both Buffalo goals in regulation time, helping to set up Johan Larsson's first-period goal and Marco Scandella's second-period tally. Girgensons, 25, had five goals and 13 points in 72 games last season and hasn't topped 18 points since 2014-15, when he had 30.
News: Scandella scored a goal on three shots and dished out a pair of hits in Friday's 3-2 shootout win over Florida.
Impact: Scandella joined a rush and deftly buried his first goal of the year to put the Sabres up 2-0 just over two minutes into the third period. The 29-year-old sees the majority of his ice time at even strength and isn't one to contribute a ton offensively, having averaged five goals over the last four seasons.
News: Larsson scored a goal on his lone shot in Friday's 3-2 shootout win over Florida.
Impact: Larsson took a Kyle Okposo feed on a rush and roofed a shot over Florida goalie Sergei Bobrovsky to open the scoring with just 31 seconds left in the first period. The goal, Larsson's first of the year, was certainly a pretty one but he lit the lamp only 16 times combined over the previous three seasons and occupies a bottom-six forward role for the Sabres.
News: Ullmark stopped 41 of 43 shots to earn the win in Friday's 3-2 shootout victory over the Panthers.
Impact: Ullmark has now made two starts this season and has been forced to kick out more than 40 shots in both of them. He made 40 saves against Columbus in Monday's season opener before Friday's 41-save follow-up effort. Incumbent starter Carter Hutton was believed to have a hold on the No. 1 job, but Ullmark's fast start (.931 save percentage) could lead to a more equitable split in playing time than in 2018-19, when Hutton made 50 appearances to Ullmark's 37.
News: Ullmark will start between the pipes in Friday's home matchup with the Panthers.
Impact: Ullmark didn't get much help from his defense during his season debut Monday against the Blue Jackets, allowing four goals on 44 shots en route to a 4-3 defeat. The Swedish backstop will attempt to pick up his first victory of the campaign in a home matchup with a Panthers team that's averaged 3.00 goals per game through its first three contests of 2019-20.
News: Pilut, who underwent shoulder surgery in May, has started skating with his teammates in a non-contact role and could be ready for game action in about two weeks, Bill Hoppe of The Buffalo News reports.
Impact: Pilut was a player on the rise at one point last season and got a callup to the Sabres with high hopes, but like a lot of youngsters, he had some ups and downs and ultimately finished his season in the AHL before getting hurt in the AHL playoffs. The Sabres are off to a hot start and are fine on defense right now, but if Pilut can get healthy and progress his game a step or two, he'll be toward the top of the callup list once again.
News: Hutton turned aside 23 of 27 shots Wednesday in a 5-4 overtime victory against Montreal.
Impact: The 33-year-old improved to 3-0-0 with the win. Hutton wasn't as efficient as he had been in his first two appearances, but he's been plenty solid overall for the Sabres. He owns a 2.32 GAA and .908 save percentage heading into Friday's game against Florida. Hutton logged a career-high 50 appearances (48 starts) last season in his first year with the Sabres and appears to have the edge on Linus Ullmark for playing time early in 2019-20.
News: Dahlin had two assists with one shot on goal, one blocked shot, two PIM and a minus-2 rating in Buffalo's 5-4 overtime win versus Montreal.
Impact: The 19-year-old Dahlin has reached the scoresheet in all four games this season and leads all NHL defensemen with seven points so far. After a 44-point rookie campaign as an 18-year-old in 2018-19, Dahlin has given every indication that he's ready to take his game to another level as a sophomore.
News: Skinner scored a goal on six shots in Wednesday's 5-4 overtime win over the Canadiens.
Impact: It was the third game in a row in which Skinner has found the back of the net. He has also registered five shots or more in three of his first four games this season. Skinner, 27, is coming off a career season in which he hit the 40-goal mark for the first time and matched his personal best with 63 points. He appears to have picked up right where he left off.
News: Olofsson scored a power-play goal and had four shots in Wednesday's 5-4 overtime victory over Montreal.
Impact: Olofsson has now collected at least one point in all four games this season and has found the net in each of the last three. All four of his goals this year -- and all six in his young career -- have come with the man advantage. The 24-year-old joined the Sabres' organization last season after five years in the Swedish Elite League, scoring 30 goals and 63 points in 66 games with Buffalo's AHL affiliate in Rochester.
News: Johansson scored the overtime winning goal on his only shot and added an assist to go with a plus-2 rating and two PIM in Wednesday's 5-4 win over the Canadiens.
Impact: The 29-year-old has now reached the scoresheet in each of his last three games after being held without a point in the season opener. Johansson, 29, had 13 goals and 30 points in 58 games last season with New Jersey and Boston and inked a two-year deal with the Sabres in July. He's only a few years removed from a 24-goal, 58-point season, so he could be productive in a top-six role with Buffalo.
News: Eichel scored two goals on a game-high eight shots and added two assists in Wednesday's 5-4 overtime win over Montreal.
Impact: Both of Eichel's goals, one of which was a power-play tally, came in the second period. He also assisted on Victor Olofsson's power-play goal in the first period and Marcus Johansson's OT winner. It was a monster performance for Eichel, who also went 12-for-21 (57.1 percent) in the faceoff circle and led Buffalo forwards with 21:19 of ice time. He has seven points in his last three games after being held off the scoresheet in the season opener.
News: Montour (hand) is expected to miss three more weeks, Lance Lyskowski of The Buffalo News reports.
Impact: The Sabres are off to a strong start at 2-0-1, but they still have a few questions on defense and could use Montour back for the long haul, as he's a versatile blueliner that should fill out the top four nicely. It sounds like they'll have to wait awhile for his first appearance of the season.
News: Hutton is slated to start in goal in Wednesday's home matchup with Montreal, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
Impact: Hutton has been razor sharp early on this season, opening the campaign with back-to-back wins over the Penguins and Devils while posting an impressive 1.50 GAA and .939 save percentage. The 33-year-old netminder will look to keep rolling in a home matchup with a Canadiens club that just potted six goals in a shootout victory over the Maple Leafs on Saturday.
News: Sheary is considered week-to-week with an upper-body injury.
Impact: This is unfortunate news for both the Sabres and fantasy owners, as Sheary has had a fantastic start to the season, picking up two goals and one helper in three games while filling a middle-six role and a spot on Buffalo's second power-play unit. With the 27-year-old American expected to miss extended time, the Sabres will likely turn to their AHL affiliate for reinforcements up front. It's safe to assume Sheary will be placed on injured reserve to open up a roster spot during his lengthy absence.
News: Rodrigues is expected to enter the Sabres lineup for Wednesday's game against the Canadiens, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
Impact: Despite re-signing with Buffalo on a one-year, $2 million deal in the offseason after putting up a career-high 29 points in 2018-19, Rodrigues found himself as a healthy scratch through the Sabres' first three games on the heels of a disappointing preseason. Rodrigues will get a chance to make an impression on coach Ralph Krueger on Wednesday, when he'll likely swap into the bottom-six ranks in place of the banged-up Conor Sheary (upper body). Rodrigues skated alongside Jimmy Vesey and Casey Mittelstadt on the third line during Tuesday's practice.
News: Sheary (upper body) is considered day-to-day ahead of Wednesday's matchup with Montreal, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports.
Impact: Sheary has had a fantastic start to the campaign, notching two goals and one assist in three games while skating on the Sabres' third line and second power-play unit. If Sheary's unable to go against the Canadiens, Evan Rodrigues will likely draw in and make his season debut.
News: Ullmark stopped 40 of 44 shots in Monday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Blue Jackets.
Impact: The ice was tilted heavily against the Sabres all night, as Joonas Korpisalo only faced 18 shots at the other end, and Ullmark did well just to earn a point for his side in his first start of the season given the weak defensive effort in front of him. The 26-year-old played in 37 games last season compared to Carter Hutton's 50, and a similar split of netminding duties could be in order in 2019-20.
News: Ullmark will patrol the road crease in Monday's game versus the Blue Jackets, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports.
Impact: The Sabres aren't playing back-to-back games, so Ullmark is being afforded a start as part of his 1B duties. Carter Hutton has performed well as he's allowed just three goals on 49 shots to win his first two starts. Ullmark will look to match those stats and he has a good opportunity to do so. Through two games, the Blue Jackets have scored just three goals despite firing 59 shots on net.
News: Dahlin dished out three assists -- two on the power play -- in Saturday's 7-2 win over the Devils.
Impact: Dahlin lit the lamp in the season opener, and he continued his hot start against the Devils. He's also plus-4 through two games, which is a nice start considering he finished last season minus-13. Big things are expected from the 19-year-old in his sophomore season, and he's certainly living up to the pedigree so far.
News: Hutton stopped 18 of 20 shots in a 7-2 win over New Jersey on Saturday.
Impact: Hutton must be gaining confidence following yet another impressive outing not only from him but also his team as a whole. Buffalo's starting netminder has allowed just three goals on 49 shots and could start again Monday in Columbus, though an official announcement has not yet been made and capable backup Linus Ullmark will be due for a start soon.
News: Skinner scored a goal, recorded a power-play assist and finished with a team-high six shots on goal in a 7-2 win over New Jersey on Saturday.
Impact: Fresh off signing an eight-year extension to remain with the Sabres for the foreseeable future, Skinner picked up his first points of the 2018-19 season Saturday and helped Buffalo hand New Jersey a first-class beating. He'll look to keep it going Wednesday when the Sabres travel to Columbus to take on the Blue Jackets.
News: Reinhart found the back of the net twice in Buffalo's 7-2 win over New Jersey on Saturday.
Impact: Reinhart's pair of goals gave Buffalo some added insurance Saturday evening and the hosts wound up coming away with an impressive win over a revamped Devils squad. The 23-year-old winger will be heavily relied upon to produce offense this season after coming off a 2018-19 campaign that saw him put up a career-high 65 points.
News: Olofsson scored a pair of power-play goals in a 7-2 win over the Devils on Saturday.
Impact: Olofsson's first goal of the season opened the scoring Saturday, and then he found the back of the net again in the second period to give the hosts a 5-1 lead entering the final 20 minutes. The pair of goals, on top of his assist from Opening Night, gives Olofsson three points through two games.
News: Eichel scored a power-play goal and collected an assist on Victor Olofsson's power-play marker in a 7-2 win over the Devils on Saturday.
Impact: After being held off the scoresheet in the Sabres' season opener, it was nice to see Eichel make an impact Saturday against New Jersey. The fact that both his points came on Buffalo power plays will give fantasy owners an extra reason to smile. Eichel also contributed two blocked shots and a takeaway in the win.
News: Hutton will tend the home twine for Saturday's game versus the Devils, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports.
Impact: Hutton was excellent in the season opener, steering away 28 of 29 shots in a 3-1 win over the Penguins. He's had trouble against the Devils in his career, recording an .894 save percentage and a 3-3-0 record. The Devils are coming to town for their second game in as many days, as they put up four goals on the Jets on Friday.
News: Miller recorded his first point as a Sabre during Thursday's win over Pittsburgh.
Impact: Miller's helper came on the power play, which ended up being the game-winning goal. He's skating on the second power-play unit and has Rasmus Dahlin as his regular partner. With Brandon Montour out with a hand injury, Miller has a great opportunity to be productive.
News: Mittelstadt registered two assists and two shots on goal in Buffalo's 3-1 win versus the Penguins on Thursday.
Impact: Mittelstadt helped set up both of Conor Sheary's goals, including the power-play GWG late in the second period. One of Buffalo's promising youngsters, the 20-year-old Mittelstadt amassed 12 goals and 25 points in 77 games as a rookie in 2018-19 and is expected to be a significant offensive contributor as a sophomore.
News: Dahlin scored a goal on three shots and was plus-2 in Buffalo's 3-1 victory over the Penguins on Thursday.
Impact: The 19-year-old opened his sophomore campaign in fine fashion, connecting on a nifty wrist shot to round out the scoring with 44 seconds left in the second period. Dahlin was tremendous as an 18-year-old rookie in 2018-19, scoring nine goals and 44 points in 82 games while logging more than 21 minutes per game.
News: Sheary (lower body) tallied a pair of goals on three shots Thursday in Buffalo's 3-1 win over Pittsburgh.
Impact: Sheary, who was considered day-to-day entering Thursday's season opener, came back to haunt his former squad with an even-strength goal in the first period and a power-play goal in the second. The latter stood as the game-winner. Sheary won a pair of Stanley Cups with the Penguins before joining Buffalo in 2018-19. He collected 14 goals and 34 points in 78 games in his first season as a Sabre.
News: Hutton turned aside 28 of 29 shots in Buffalo's 3-1 win over Pittsburgh on Thursday.
Impact: Hutton was nearly perfect in the Sabres' season opener, yielding just an Evgeni Malkin power-play goal in the second period. It was a terrific performance by Hutton, who is looking to solidify his hold on the No. 1 job after struggling to an 18-25-5 record and 3.00 GAA in 2018-19.
News: Cozens picked up a goal and an assist in WHL Lethbridge's 3-2 loss to Saskatoon on Wednesday.
Impact: Cozens added a game-high six shots on goal and won 17 of 20 face off attempts. The 2019 seventh overall selection has registered four goals and eight points in his first three games back with the Hurricanes. He should be among the league scoring leaders all season long and it's far more likely than not that Cozens is playing in the NHL in the fall of 2020.
News: Hutton will be between the pipes on the road for Thursday's Opening Night matchup with Pittsburgh, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports.
Impact: Hutton struggled in his first full season as a true No. 1 goaltender, as he went 18-25-5 with a 3.00 GAA and zero shutouts last year. If the 33-year-old struggles to open the 2019-20 campaign, he could find himself relegated to the bench in favor of Linus Ullmark.
News: Sheary (lower body) will be in the lineup for Thursday's season opener against the Penguins, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
Impact: Sheary was considered day-to-day with a lower-body injury heading into Thursday's contest, but he's evidently feeling well enough to suit up against Pittsburgh. The 27-year-old American, who totaled 14 goals and 34 points in 78 games last campaign, is expected to open the season skating on the Sabres' third line and second power-play unit.
News: The Sabres assigned Pilut (shoulder) to AHL Rochester on Thursday.
Impact: Pilut has been sidelined since mid-May while recovering from shoulder surgery, so it's going to take awhile for him to get into game shape. He'll be a call-up candidate if and when the Sabres are dealing with injuries at defense later this season, but Buffalo added a lot of blue-line depth via several key offseason moves, so Pilut will almost certainly spend most of the 2019-20 campaign in the minors.
News: The Sabres recalled Jokiharju from AHL Rochester on Thursday.
Impact: Jokiharju was only temporarily sent to the minors as a cap-manipulation move, so in reality, the 20-year-old blueliner made Buffalo's Opening Night roster out of camp. If the former Blackhawk makes his Sabres debut Thursday against Pittsburgh, he'll likely skate with Marco Scandella on Buffalo's bottom pairing.
News: As expected, McCabe (upper body) will draw into the lineup for Thursday's regular-season opener against the Penguins.
Impact: McCabe is expected to skate with Rasmus Ristolainen on Buffalo's second pairing against Pittsburgh. The 25-year-old American will be a solid bottom-four option and a valuable member of the Sabres' penalty-killing unit this season, but he's only totaled 26 points in 112 games over the past two campaigns, so he can be disregarded in the vast majority of fantasy formats.
News: Montour is expected to be sidelined for 3-4 weeks due to a hand injury.
Impact: This news suggests Montour will miss the first 10 games of the 2019-20 campaign at a minimum. Once healthy, the 25-year-old blueliner should return to a middle-pairing role and a spot on the Sabres' second power-play unit.
News: Nelson cleared waivers, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
Impact: Nelson was the casualty of Buffalo upgrading their defense over the offseason. He appeared in 38 games for the Sabres last year, collecting one goal and five assists. The 27-year-old will head to AHL Rochester, and will surely see time with the big club later in the campaign.
News: Elie cleared waivers, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
Impact: Elie only appeared in 16 games for the Sabres last season, collecting just a single point. He will head to AHL Rochester, and will look to improve on last year's 14 points in 25 contests with the club. He figures to be one of the first options for a call-up.
News: Montour (hand) will remain sidelined for a few more weeks, John Vogl of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Montour missed the entire preseason for the Sabres, and won't be making an immediate return. He's had a rough go lately, having suffered injuries to his MCL and hand during the offseason. Buffalo has defensive depth, so there's no need to rush his season debut. He'll be placed on injured reserve until he's ready to return.
News: Olofsson has been playing on Buffalo's top line in training camp.
Impact: The rookie winger appears to have the inside track on starting the season on a line with Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart. Olofsson posted 63 points in 66 games for Rochester in 2018-19, as well as four points in six games for the Sabres. He makes for an intriguing sleeper pick with plenty of upside should he deliver on his opportunity.
News: Asplund has been assigned to AHL Rochester.
Impact: The 2016 second-round selection survived late into training camp, but ultimately wasn't able to secure a spot with the big club. Asplund put up 41 points in 75 games during his first campaign in Rochester. He has room to grow, and the continuation of his development could lead to an NHL debut later this year.
News: Thompson was assigned to AHL Rochester on Monday.
Impact: Thompson spent the bulk of 2018-19 with the Sabres, although he only scored 12 points in 65 contests. The 21-year-old will start the season in Rochester, but will no doubt be one of the first options for a call-up should injuries strike.
News: Nelson was waived by the Sabres for the purpose of reassignment Monday.
Impact: The Sabres added solid right-handed blueliners Henri Jokiharju and Colin Miller via trade this summer, which gave Nelson little margin for error during the preseason, and he couldn't crack the big club for Opening Night. Nelson posted just six points in 38 NHL games last year, but he was solid defensively with a 52.3 Corsi For percentage. If he's not claimed off waivers, Nelson will start the season with AHL Rochester.
News: Bogosian (hip) will begin the season on the injured list, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports.
Impact: The Sabres have a logjam at defense and still haven't decided on a long-term plan for the talented yet disappointing Rasmus Ristolainen, so Bogosian starting on the injured list perhaps delays some bigger decisions. Considering the veteran didn't play in any preseason games, it'll likely take a few weeks (at least) before he's ready for game action.
News: Wilson was waived by the Sabres for the purpose of reassignment Monday.
Impact: If Wilson clears waivers, he'll land with AHL Rochester. Wilson played 15 games for the Sabres down the stretch last year, picking up three points and a minus-8 rating. He can add a physical presence to the bottom six, but the Sabres opted to have Zemgus Girgensons fill that role with the big club. Wilson may be called up at some point this season, but his fantasy value is negligible with just 49 points in 187 NHL games.
News: Lazar was waived by the Sabres for the purpose of reassignment Monday.
Impact: Lazar, 24, didn't fit the mold in Calgary last year, and he spent nearly all his time with AHL Stockton, generating 20 goals and 41 points in 57 games. The 24-year-old couldn't make it with the Sabres during training camp either, so he'll land with AHL Rochester if he clears waivers. Lazar likely won't be the first call-up in the event of injuries, but it won't be surprising if he gets a few games with the big club at some point.
News: Elie was waived for the purpose of reassignment by the Sabres on Monday.
Impact: Elie played 16 games with the big club last year and recorded just one point, and he's being used in a checking role with 30 hits in that span. The 24-year-old still has plenty of time to develop into a modest offensive threat, however, and he should line up in a top-six role with AHL Rochester if he clears waivers.
News: Sheary (lower body) is considered day-to-day heading into Opening Night against the Penguins on Thursday, Joe Yerdon of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Sheary topped the 30-point mark for the third consecutive season and should be a factor in the top six once fully fit. The winger hasn't been able to replicate the 23-goal, 30-assist campaign he put together in 2016-17, but can still be a reliable mid-range fantasy option.
News: Borgen has been assigned to AHL Rochester.
Impact: Borgen got a taste of NHL action late last season, when he appeared in four contests for the Sabres. The 2015 fourth-round selection was hard pressed to crack the opening lineup, but there's potential for him to be called up later in the campaign. He will look to continue his development in his second full season in Rochester, after posting 14 points in 71 games last year.
News: Wilson (lower body) will return to the lineup for Saturday's preseason game versus the Penguins.
Impact: Wilson has been held back due to this injury for over a week now, but he'll gear up for an exhibition game against the franchise that drafted him in 2011. The 27-year-old winger has a chance to make the final roster. He posted just three assists over 15 NHL games last year, so he'll need to show well through the rest of the preseason.
News: Larsson (upper body) will return to the lineup for Saturday's preseason finale against the Penguins.
Impact: Larsson missed Wednesday's exhibition game against Columbus due to an upper-body injury, but he's evidently already had enough time to recover. The 27-year-old pivot, who notched 14 points in 73 games last campaign, will occupy a bottom-six role while serving as a key penalty killer for the Sabres in 2019-20.
News: Cozens was reassigned to his junior club WHL Letherbridge on Thursday.
Impact: Cozens put together a strong preseason and seemed like a candidate to play nine games before being sent down to juniors, but it appears the Sabres wanted to get him back to Letherbridge right away. If the 18-year-old can improve upon the 34 goals and 50 assists he put up in 68 games last year, he should be a serious contender for a roster spot heading into the 2020-21 campaign.