By Brian Duff for Sabres.com
As we dive headlong into summer, a quick refresher seems to be in order given all the change we have witnessed in the past two months.
Since being hired in the second week of May, general manager Jason Botterill has brought in two head coaches and 12 new players for the Sabres and Amerks well in advance of the 2017-18 season.
The goal from the beginning, of course, was to not only augment and improve the Buffalo roster, but greatly improve the product and potential for success in Rochester.
With that in mind, a quick look at what the teams could look like this fall (updated to include the Saturday evening signing of Jacob Josefson):
Evander Kane - Jack Eichel - Sam Reinhart
Benoit Pouliot - Ryan O'Reilly - Kyle Okposo
Matt Moulson - Johan Larsson - Jason Pominville
Nicolas Deslauriers / Evan Rodrigues - Zemgus Girgensons / Jacob Josefson - Hudson Fasching
Marco Scandella - Rasmus Ristolainen
Jake McCabe - Zach Bogosian
Nathan Beaulieu - Victor Antipin
With the departures of Tyler Ennis, Marcus Foligno, and William Carrier - and barring any more changes - the left wing will undoubtedly be the most scrutinized position when camp begins in the fall.
Alexander Nylander - Seth Griffith - Nicholas Baptiste
C.J. Smith - Kevin Porter - Justin Bailey
Vaclav Karabacek - Sean Malone - Eric Cornel
Alex Kile - Kyle Criscuolo - Justin Danforth
Justin Falk - Taylor Fedun
Brendan Guhle - Matt Tennyson
Brycen Martin - Casey Nelson
Devante Stephens - Anthony Florentino
How good can he be, and how quickly can he become more of an impact player in his second year pro? Those questions fall at the feet of Alex Nylander who will be a part of a younger but seemingly more balanced Amerks team.
Balance, for me, being more applicable to the entire roster, which with a better defense corps and transition game could/should lead to some more significant offensive production from the prospects up front.