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by Chris Ryndak / Buffalo Sabres

      Rasmus Ristolainen
The Buffalo Sabres are expected to host 40 players at their development camp this week, with a majority of those players entering the organization via the last three draft classes.

All 19 of the Sabres' picks from the 2012 and 2013 NHL drafts should be there, as well as five of their six picks from 2011.

Three invitees -- Mikhail Grigorenko, Mark Pysyk and Chad Ruhwedel -- played with the Sabres last season. Defenseman Brayden McNabb played 25 games in Buffalo during the 2011-12 season. 

Twelve members of last season's Rochester Americans squad are set to be in attendance as well, including McNabb, Pysyk, Zemgus Girgensons, Daniel Catenacci, Jerome Gauthier-Leduc and Connor Knapp.

Tyler Gjurich, an undrafted invitee, scored 97 points in 53 games for the Buffalo Jr. Sabres in 2012-13.

Camp concludes with “Sabres Summer Fan Fest” on Friday, featuring a scrimmage at 4 p.m. and an outdoor concert by 10,000 Maniacs at Canalside. Fans can purchase tickets for the event here.

Here’s a breakdown of how the Sabres acquired each player invited to camp, which opens Wednesday:

2013 NHL Draft
D Rasmus Ristolainen (Round 1-No. 8 Overall)
D Nikita Zadorov (1-16)
LW J.T. Compher (2-35)
C Connor Hurley (2-38)
RW Justin Bailey (2-52)
RW Nicholas Baptiste (3-69)
G Cal Petersen (5-129)
RW Gustav Possler (5-130)
D Anthony Florentino (5-143)
C Sean Malone (6-159)
C Eric Locke (7-189)

2012 NHL Draft

C Mikhail Grigorenko (1-12)
C Zemgus Girgensons (1-14)
D Jake McCabe (2-44)
C Justin Kea (3-73)
C Logan Nelson (5-133)
G Linus Ullmark (6-163)
D Brady Austin (7-193)
RW Judd Peterson (7-204)

2011 NHL Draft

C Daniel Catenacci (3-77)
C Colin Jacobs (4-107)
D Alex Lepkowski (5-137)
G Nathan Lieuwen (6-167)
C Brad Navin (7-197)

2010 NHL Draft
D Mark Pysyk (1-23)
D Jerome Gauthier-Leduc (3-68)
C Kevin Sundher (3-75)
D Matt MacKenzie (3-83)
RW Christian Isackson (7-203)

2009 NHL Draft

D Brayden McNabb (3-66)
G Connor Knapp (6-164)

Free Agent Signings

G Andrey Makarov (Signed 2012)
RW Jonathan Parker (Signed 2011)
D Chad Ruhwedel (Signed 2013)
C Tim Schaller (Signed 2013)
C Phil Varone (Signed 2012)

Undrafted Invitees

F Andrew Black
D Kevin Czuczman
F Tyler Gjurich
C Alex Iafallo

Note: LW Joel Armia (drafted by the Sabres with the 16th overall pick in 2011) and LW Johan Larsson (acquired via trade in 2013) have prior personal commitments and are unable to attend. The roster is subject to change.

Development Camp Schedule
Wednesday, July 10
Group 1: 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Group 2: 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 11

Group 1: 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Group 2: 2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Friday, July 12
Blue & Gold Scrimmage - Begins at 4 p.m.

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