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Sabres’ Ristolainen makes team, Zadorov out two weeks (finger)

Sep 28, 2013, 10:58 PM EDT

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It was a good news/bad news day for both 2013 first-round picks of the Buffalo Sabres.

First up, the good news. Eighth overall pick, defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen, has made the team. After an impressive training camp, he made the cut as Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald shares.

At 6’3″ 207 pounds, he’s been a physical player and a smart one through camp for Buffalo. It also marks the second year in a row the team’s top pick has made the team out of camp (Mikhail Grigorenko did last year).

The bad news centers around 16th overall pick Nikita Zadorov. He injured his finger blocking a shot on Friday night and will miss two weeks of action as Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News shares. Coach Ron Rolston says his finger was “smashed” at the tip. Gross.

Rolston says his injury status won’t dictate if he makes the team. More from Hoppe:

“Will we keep him?” Rolston asked. “We’ll have to discuss that. It’s two weeks. We could have him here and he could be working out and be on the ice because it’s not anything lower body.”

Buffalo is poised to be one of the youngest teams in the league. Keeping a pair of first-round picks from this year’s draft and last year’s (Grigorenko and Zemgus Girgensons) would make them a very green team.

  1. mclovinhockey - Sep 28, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Smart move.. Rushing D to the pros always works out well Tyler Myers

    • travishenryskid - Sep 29, 2013 at 12:06 AM

      Yeah, that Calder trophy sucked. Good point.

    • thedavesiknowiknow - Sep 29, 2013 at 4:35 AM

      Seen the guy play yet? Polar opposite of Myers. Safe, smart, stay at home guy. He’ll be practically invisible if pre-season amounts to anything. I’m good here. Also, to suggest Tyler Myers’ growth was stunted after last season suggests you were unaware of the high ankle sprain he was playing through. It showed. The guy wants the puck so far. Feel free to rip the forwards on this team, or the g.m. (I’ll join you): we’ve got as good of a crop of D as anyone else right now. 5 years, max.

      • broadstreetsbaddest88 - Sep 29, 2013 at 9:52 AM

        Yeah rushing Myers into the league basically onlygot him the Calder trophy. I’d rather have the kid put his time in at the minors and come up in a few years when he’s confident and ready, then rush him and have a dumb Calder trophy show and do nothing but steadly decline each year after. Only trophy that matters is the cup. I will agree that ristolainen looks ready to play though. He was playing in the top league in Finland. I think he’s gonna be a really solid defensemen. Buffalo’s defense is lookin bright in the near future

  2. gerv999 - Sep 29, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    Rarely a good thing to keep a young D !!!
    Especialy whit a rebulding team

  3. mclovinhockey - Sep 29, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Wasn’t just Myers that was rushed and had problems in his career.
    I think these two D are going to make the sabres have the top D in the league in 5 years, but D who get rushed into the league are never consistent.

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