Photo: Forward Mikhail Grigorenko is expected to have a strong 2013-14 season with the Buffalo Sabres. Grigorenko played in 25 games with the Sabres last season, managing a goal and four assists. (courtesy of Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Buffalo Sabres continue their re-build with a sense of optimism this coming season. Mikhail Grigorenko steps in full-time as one of the team's top centers while Finnish power forward Joel Armia prepares to test his scoring abilities on North American ice.
Photo: Nikita Zadorov was one of two defensemen the Buffalo Sabres selected in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
With the eighth and 16th overall picks, the 2013 NHL Draft was the third in six years where the Buffalo Sabres have selected twice in the opening round. This year, general manager Darcy Regier decided to load up on the blue line, adding some much needed size and grit.
Photo: Windsor Spitfires forward Kerby Rychel is one of several players competing at the 2013 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game with family ties to professional sports (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
Cassels. Domi. Mantha. Rychel. They are names that many hockey fans are familiar with, the names of former NHL players. But those names also represent a new wave of talent, still on the way to hopefully making an impact in the pro ranks.
Photo: USA Hockey head coach Phil Housley, Buffalo Sabres President Ted Black, and USA Hockey's Assistant Executive Director of Hockey Operations Jim Johannson talk to the media on the eve of the 2012 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)
What has been an idea in the making for some time will now become reality tomorrow night as USA Hockey presents their first of what is expected to be an annual event, the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game.