As the NHL's 5 p.m. deadline to finalize the opening night roster approaches, the Sabres have assigned Alexander Nylander and Sean Malone to Rochester. Neither player participated in training camp, as Malone reported injured and Nylander was hurt in the first game of the team's Prospects Challenge.
Nylander, in particular, lost out at a chance to make the club out of camp with the injury. Last year's No. 1 pick looked strong at summer development camp but never got into competition for one of the open slots on the wing.
Malone, the West Seneca native who made his NHL debut in April after joining the club from Harvard, was likely ticketed for Rochester this season. Nylander has an undisclosed lower-body injury while Malone has been dealing with a hip problem.
The Sabres have 25 players on their roster, including 14 forwards and nine defensemen. They are expected to put Evan Rodrigues on injured reserve, as he has a cast on his injured hand, and then make their final decision on defense. Zach Bogosian and Justin Falk both missed practice Tuesday.