Photo: William Carrier has seven points (4 goals, three assists) in 18 games for the Rochester Amerks this season. (Courtesy of Micheline Veluvolu/Rochester Americans)
Though several Buffalo Sabres prospects—most notably Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart—have graduated to the NHL, the minor league affiliate is stocked with new arrivals from the junior and collegiate levels. Read more»
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: Jack Eichel, who will make the Buffalo Sabres as an 18-year-old, could be the most talented American hockey player in the history of the game. (Courtesy of Ken Andersen/NHLPA via Getty Images)
The Buffalo Sabres have quickly transitioned from a desperate, broken hockey club to one full of potential and promise—and not just because of Jack Eichel. After some daring moves by GM Tim Murray during the offseason, it’s clear that the team has made it a priority to ensure its young star is surrounded with talent as he grows into an elite franchise center.
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.