The Rochester Americans will open the 2021-22 season - their 40th season as the AHL affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres - on Sunday with a 3 p.m. faceoff in Utica.
Head coach Seth Appert returns for his second season with the club - and the first under normal circumstances. Last year, the Amerks were limited to playing 29 games against only Utica, Syracuse and Cleveland with no postseason due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rochester is slated to play a full 76-game schedule this year and will have some exciting Sabres prospects on the roster.
Here are five players on the Amerks to keep an eye on as the new season begins: