The Buffalo Sabres finalized their opening night roster with a couple of moves on Monday. The team officially assigned Alex Sulzer and Luke Adam to Rochester, after both players cleared waivers.
Marcus Foligno is still nursing an injured shoulder and will be unavailable, so the Sabres are left with 23 healthy skaters. That means that top draft picks Mikhail Grigorenko, Zemgus Girgensons, and Rasmus Ristolinen - along with Johan Larsson from the Jason Pominville trade - have made the team at this point.
"They're here, and Johan's here, and I think you can argue he might have been the best of all of those guys in terms of competitive nature in camp. For us, it's finding the mix that's going to help us move into the future but also being able to have results. There's a balance there, and along with that the development part of things," said head coach Ron Rolston.
"For me, for any young guy in the locker room, I don't think there's such a thing as 'made it.' I think for the young guys, you have to make it every day. So, you have to make every day count and you have to prove yourself every day to stay up here because any young guys can be sent down at any time," said Girgensons.
Who will be the Sabres captain game one Wednesday in Detroit? That question is still unanswered. Rolston told the media that he's still determining who it will be and didn't let on how soon before the opener that an announcement will be made.