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Sharpen Up: September 25, 2017

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

Tough decisions are being made at Sabres training camp. Ten players were loaned to the Rochester Americans on Saturday and another four were sent down on Sunday as the Amerks' main camp opens today. 

Among the players sent down? Brendan Guhle, Hudson Fasching, and C.J. Smith, all of whom saw some time with the Sabres last season. 

The Sabres now have 32 players (18 forwards, 11 defensemen and three goaltenders) on their training camp roster.

Here's what you need to know.


Who's still here?

Buffalo returns to practice at 11 a.m. today at HarborCenter. We're down to one session so we could get an even better look at the current depth chart. 

The training camp roster as it stands now, consists of:

Forwards: 95 Justin Bailey, 13 Nicholas Baptiste, 44 Nicolas Deslauriers, 15 Jack Eichel, 28 Zemgus Girgensons, 25 Seth Griffith, 10 Jacob Josefson, 9 Evander Kane, 22 Johan Larsson, 37 Sean Malone (injured), 26 Matt Moulson, 92 Alexander Nylander (injured), 90 Ryan O'Reilly, 21 Kyle Okposo, 29 Jason Pominville, 67 Benoit Pouliot, 23 Sam Reinhart, 71 Evan Rodrigues (injured)

Defensemen: 93 Victor Antipin, 82 Nathan Beaulieu, 47 Zach Bogosian, 38 Cody Goloubef, 41 Justin Falk, 27 Taylor Fedun, 4 Josh Gorges, 19 Jake McCabe, 55 Rasmus Ristolainen, 6 Marco Scandella, 5 Matt Tennyson

Goaltenders: 31 Chad Johnson, 40 Robin Lehner, 35 Linus Ullmark 


Looking back at last weekend

Video: BUF Recap: Lehner records 30 saves in loss to Leafs

From Saturday's game recap:

If the Buffalo Sabres have learned anything in their preseason slate thus far, it's how much more they have to learn. As the players adjust to a new system under coach Phil Housley, inconsistency plagued the team in a 3-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs at KeyBank Center on Saturday night.

Video: HOUSLEY: Postgame (9/23/17)

 "I thought our guys competed real hard," Housley said. "When you're implementing new systems, and I know we talked about it, it does take time. And I'm not giving anybody a break here, because they've got to be accountable to the work they put into it. 

"We're just going to have to raise our standard as individuals, as a team, and I think they understand that. It's a good group in there."

Video: LEHNER: Postgame (9/23/17)


World Junior Championship outdoor game tickets on sale today!

The United States will face Canada at 3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 29 at New Era Field in the first outdoor game in the history of the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship. It will be the teams' first meeting since the gold medal final of the 2017 World Junior Hockey Championship in Montreal, where the United States skated to a 5-4 shootout victory to claim the nation's third gold medal.

Individual tickets for the outdoor game will start between $45 and $110, and will follow the dynamic pricing model, which will allow the price of tickets to be continually adjusted throughout the on sale period to accurately reflect demand. Individual tickets to the outdoor game will go on sale to the general public on Monday, Sept. 25, at 10 a.m.

Packages for all 31 games of the 2018 World Junior Hockey Championship are still available, along with eight- and 12-game options. Individual ticket sales for medal round games will be announced at a later date. 

Click here to purchase tickets today!


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