Photo: Buffalo Sabres prospect Daniel Catenacci had his first stint in the NHL this season, playing 11 games. He had 24 points in 50 games with Rochester of the AHL. (courtesy Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
Looking back at the 2010-11 season for the Buffalo Sabres, it almost seems like an entire era ago. The team not only made the playoffs, but they finished second in the then-Northeast Division with 96 points, sporting a 43-29-10 record.
Photo: The Peterborough Petes made Eric Cornel team captain in 2015-16, and he has responded by scoring ten points in his first 10 games. (Courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
While the last few seasons have seen a slow trickle of prospects into the Buffalo Sabres lineup, the 2015-16 season has ushered in a huge influx of young blood taking over spots. Read more»
Photo: Buffalo Sabres forward prospect Johan Larsson has split time between the Sabres and the AHL’s Rochester Americans this season (courtesy of Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
Despite the return of their top scorers, an influx of new talent, and the continuing development of their top players, the Rochester Americans are having a disappointing season. After making the AHL playoffs in three consecutive years, the Amerks sit last in the North Division and 14th in the Western Conference. The team has just two wins in their past 10 games.
Photo: Defenseman Jake McCabe is one of several Buffalo Sabres defensive prospects who are pushing for spots in the NHL. McCabe was a second round pick from 2012. (courtesy of Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon Sportswire)
Once the Buffalo Sabres are done collecting their puzzle pieces, it will be a matter of figuring out how they will all fit together. The Sabres have the cornerstones in place with Sam Reinhart at center and Rasmus Ristolainen on defense, but the short-term focus is to make sure that every prospect in the organization takes a step forward.
Photo: Forward Phil Varone currently leads the Rochester Americans with 29 points through 32 games. Varone is in his third year at the AHL level. (courtesy of Abelimages/Getty Images)
The Rochester Americans, the AHL affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres, made their return to the Spengler Cup this winter after placing third in 1996. However, the Amerks were outmatched in the prestigious tournament this time around, allowing 15 goals and losing all three of their games. Participating in the tournament meant taking a 12-day break from AHL play, but three extra games' worth of experience can be beneficial to a young team.