The Buffalo Sabres' roster for 2013-14 is not yet finalized, but it beginning to take shape.
And that shape skews young.
Coach Ron Rolston confirmed Saturday rookie blueliner Rasmus Ristolainen will be on the team. He was Buffalo's first pick in the 2013 draft. He played in five of seven preseason games.
Felow rookie defenseman Nikita Zadorov isn't in such a secure spot. He will miss about two weeks after suffering a cut on his hand Friday in Carolina. Rolston said the staff will continue to mull in the hours leading up to the 3 p.m. Monday roster deadline whether to have him rehab in the NHL or return to juniors.
One player definitely on his way out is Luke Adam. He'd hoped to rebound this year after being demoted two years ago and bouncing between Buffalo and Rochester last season. he must clear waivers before reporting to the AHL.
"He’ll have a chance to continue to work on his game and continue to chase his dreams of playing here,” Rolston said. “He has the potential, but just where we’re at right now, there were some guys in front of him, especially with the youth that we have."
That youth sees Brian Flynn, Kevin Porter and Johan Larsson with very good shots at making the final roster among forwards. Mark Pysyk is also in the mix on the blueline. Corey Tropp will mix five weeks, as will Joel Armia. Their status upon their return is uncertain.
A choice on captain will be made before Wednesday's opener at Detroit.
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