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Sabres' top youngsters will play in Prospects Challenge this weekend

The Sabres' Prospect Challenge will feature a who's who of young players from Buffalo, New Jersey and Boston.

The Sabres announced their roster Tuesday, and the list includes top prospects Justin Bailey, Alex Nylander, Hudson Fasching, Nick Baptiste and Brendan Guhle. All have NHL experience with the Sabres and are hopeful of making the roster this season.

The round-robin tournament, which runs Friday through Monday in HarborCenter, will give the prospects a chance to impress the new general manager-coach combo of Jason Botterill and Phil Housley.

Buffalo's full roster:

* Forwards – Bailey, Baptiste, Colin Blackwell, Eric Cornel, Justin Danforth, Fasching, Vasily Glotov, Brandon Hagel, Vaclav Karabacek, Alex Kile, Sean Malone, Daniel Muzito-Bagenda, Nylander, Cliff Pu and C.J. Smith.

* Defense – Arvin Atwal, Vojtech Budik, Anthony Florentino, Guhle, Brycen Martin, Carl Neill, Austin Osmanski and Davante Stephens.

* Goaltenders – Jonas Johansson, Jake McGrath.

The Devils' roster includes center Nico Hischier, the No. 1 overall pick in June's NHL Draft, and Will Butcher, the free agent defenseman who signed with New Jersey after being courted by the Sabres.

Boston's roster includes defenseman Charlie McAvoy, who played alongside Zdeno Chara in the playoffs, and fellow first-round picks Jake DeBrusk and Jakub Zboril.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have not yet announced their roster.

Pittsburgh and Boston open the Prospects Challenge at 3:30 p.m. Friday, followed by Buffalo against New Jersey at 7 p.m. The Devils and Penguins play at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, followed by the Sabres and Bruins at 7 p.m. The tournament closes Monday with Boston-New Jersey at noon and Sabres-Penguins at 7 p.m.

Tickets to the games are $10 each and are available at the KeyBank Center box office, by phone at (888) 223-6000 or online at

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