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Breaking down the Sabres training camp roster

Who's going to be a building block? Who's a fringe player? Who's almost certainly headed to Rochester or Cincinnati? Here's our first rundown of all 51 players invited to Sabres training camp:

The Goalies (6)

Carter Hutton: Signed three-year free agent deal to become first-time NHL starter. Was at 2.09/.931 last year at St. Louis.

Linus Ullmark: Ticketed for first full-time NHL duty after 21 wins, .922 mark last year in Rochester.

Scott Wedgewood: Likely starter in Rochester played 20 games for Arizona last season.

Adam Wilcox: Made NHL debut in season finale for Sabres after 29 games as Ullmark's backup in Rochester.

Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen: First NHL camp for 19-year-old goalie of the future, slated for first North American season at Sudbury of OHL.

Jonas Johansson: Big Swede expected to be No. 1 at Cincinnati for second straight year.

The Elite Skaters (6)

Jack Eichel: Will Year One of eight-year, $80-million deal start with the awarding of the "C"?

Rasmus Dahlin: The new Franchise. A young Karlsson or Lidstrom who is the Calder Trophy favorite.

Casey Mittelstadt: First-rounder from 2017 had points in five of six games last season and projects as second-line center in first full year in NHL.

Jeff Skinner: Three-time 30-goal scorer has 89 goals the last three years. How many does he get on Eichel's wing?

Rasmus Ristolainen: Finnish minutes muncher has been a summer Instagram star with wild workouts. Do they translate to more consistency?

Sam Reinhart: Need to get him signed, sealed and delivered and then see if he can become a consistent 30-goal man.

Steady Veterans (9)

Conor Sheary: Two-time Cup champion had 18 goals last year for Penguins and will look nice on Mittelstadt's wing.

Kyle Okposo: Now 30, looking for big bounce back after 15-goal season that followed major health scare.

Patrik Berglund: Veteran of 694 games with St. Louis needs to pick up some of the slack from loss of Ryan O'Reilly, especially in the faceoff circle.

Jason Pominville: Just 13 games away from 1,000 in career, this might be final year for 35-year-old former playoff hero.

Vladimir Sobotka: Czech winger acquired in O'Reilly trade best remembered for gnat role that drove Sabres crazy during 2010 playoff series with Boston.

Scott Wilson: Cup champion with Pens in 2017, he brought some sound bottom-six play last season.

Jake McCabe: Limited to 53 games last year after shoulder surgery, he should be at 16-18 minutes per game.

Marco Scandella: Played every game last year but was stunned and dismayed by the losing after five straight playoff years in Minnesota.

Matt Hunwick: Sabres are sixth team for blueliner who has 521 NHL games on his resume.

Intriguing prospects (12)

Tage Thompson: At 6-foot-5, former St. Louis prospect showed great bursts of speed during Prospects Challenge.

Rasmus Asplund: Was probably the MVP among prospect forwards, could force way out of Rochester and into NHL.

Sean Malone: WNY native had nice debut season in Rochester, could use more seasoning.

Danny O'Regan: Former Eichel linemate acquired in Evander Kane trade needs to find the net more in the AHL.

Andrew Oglevie: Notre Dame product with 39 points in 36 games is an intriguing college free-agent signee.

Victor Olofsson: Dahlin's Swedish teammate has his own rapidly rising credentials thanks to wicked wrist shot.

Evan Rodrigues: Versatile forward had 25 points for Sabres last year in part-time role. Should stick in NHL.

C.J. Smith: Speedy winger looking to make breakthrough after 17 goals, 44 points for Amerks.

Will Borgen: Rugged blueliner made AHL debut with eight games after St. Cloud State was upset in NCAAs. He's a full-time pro now.

Brendan Guhle: Top defense prospect can go through waivers, so might start in Rochester to get more seasoning.

Casey Nelson: Former college free agent cannot go through waivers, so will likely get another chance in Buffalo.

Lawrence Pilut: Skillful Swedish free agent could quickly push way into NHL after getting some time on North American ice in Rochester.

Destined for Rochester (8)

Taylor Fedun: Has served good organizational depth role on blue line last two years.

Brandon Hickey: Former Boston U. captain was a nice pickup in deal for Hudson Fasching.

Matt Tennyson: Overmatched last year in 15 NHL games but contributed more in 50 games for Amerks.

Kevin Porter: At 32, center should return as captain of Amerks.

Kyle Criscuolo: Pointless in nine games for Sabres but had 15 goals for Amerks.

Eric Cornel: At 22, former Sabres second-round pick headed to Rochester for third straight year.

Tyler Randell: Rugged 27-year-old has averaged 97 penalty minutes a season over last four AHL campaigns in Boston and Ottawa organizations.

Zach Redmond: Amerks leading scorer last year with 47 points (15-32) was fourth among AHL defensemen in scoring.

Time to show something (7)

Alexander Nylander: First-round pick in 2016 seems healthy, coming off strong Prospects Challenge.

Justin Bailey: WNY native has the speed, but will he ever be able to finish consistently?

Nick Baptiste: See Bailey. Like his up-and-down-to-Rochester teammate, a critical year in which waivers are needed to go to AHL.

Zach Bogosian: Veteran defenseman promises better results after hip surgery ended last season after just 18 games.

Zemgus Girgensons: Former first-round pick has had three straight seven-goal campaigns while playing at least 71 games in each. Not remotely good enough.

Johan Larsson: Just four goals in 80 games and minus-30 rating last year. Roster spot in jeopardy.

Nathan Beaulieu: Defenseman acquired from Montreal was major bust with one goal in 59 games and minus-19 rating.

Kids getting a look (3)

Vasily Glotov: Seventh-rounder in 2016 from Russia played six games last year between Cincinnati and Rochester. Always entertaining on social media (@Glotov97).

Matej Pekar: Fourth-rounder in June will play for former Sabre Dale Hawerchuk this year at Barrie of OHL.

Devante Stephens: Fifth-rounder in 2015 looking to get first regular shot on Rochester blue line.

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