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Sabres announce roster for Kraft Hockeyville USA preseason game

Eichel, Dahlin headline Sabres lineup against Columbus

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

Buffalo Sabres head coach Phil Housley said he'd try to cram as many American players into tonight's preseason lineup as possible because it's the annual Kraft Hockeyville USA game.

True to his word, six U.S.-born forwards (Jack Eichel, Kyle Okposo, Casey Mittelstadt, Justin Bailey, C.J. Smith and Andrew Oglevie) and four U.S.-born defensemen (Zach Bogosian, Jake McCabe, Casey Nelson and William Borgen) are on the roster.

And that doesn't even count forward Danny O'Regan and defenseman Lawrence Pilut, who were born in Germany and Sweden, respectively, while their American fathers were playing pro hockey overseas.

Here's the Sabres' roster:

95 Justin Bailey
10 Patrik Berglund
9 Jack Eichel
37 Casey Mittelstadt
92 Alexander Nylander
21 Kyle Okposo
52 Andrew Oglevie
65 Danny O'Regan
23 Sam Reinhart
71 Evan Rodrigues
53 Jeff Skinner
49 C.J. Smith

4 Zach Bogosian
33 William Borgen
26 Rasmus Dahlin
45 Brendan Guhle
19 Jake McCabe
8 Casey Nelson
24 Lawrence Pilut

34 Jonas Johansson
31 Scott Wedgewood

-Click here for a full detailed roster-

Buffalo's opponent, the Columbus Blue Jackets, also released their game roster:

Tweet from @JacketsInsider: Another version of the #CBJ playing roster vs #Sabres in Clinton, N.Y. tomorrow:

So it should be a good showing for the people of Clinton, N.Y., who were awarded the fourth annual Kraft Hockeyville USA game after winning an online vote. As a result, Clinton Arena has received $150,000 in upgrades and the opportunity to host tonight's preseason game. If you're following the @HockeyvilleUSA Twitter account, you're well aware that festivities are ongoing.

Tweet from @NHL: Clinton, NY makes its case for the greatest small hockey town in America at @HockeyvilleUSA. #HockeyvilleUSA

The Sabres will face off against Columbus at 7 p.m. on NBCSN and WGR 550, where you can hear Dan Dunleavy and Rob Ray call the action. Stay tuned for full morning skate coverage and postgame reaction here on

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