Casey Mittelstadt is one of two rookies on the Sabres. ©2018, Hickling Images

Sabres finalize 23-man roster

BUFFALO – Thirteen forwards, eight defensemen and two goalies comprise the Sabres’ first 23-man roster for the 2018-19 season.

NHL rosters needed to be finalized by 5 p.m. The Sabres open the season Thursday against the Boston Bruins at KeyBank Center.

The Sabres reached the 23-man limit by placing four players – forwards Johan Larsson, Sean Malone and Scott Wilson and defenseman Matt Hunwick – on injured reserve.

Zach Bogosian, who is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, is listed among the Sabres’ defensemen. Bogosian hasn’t practiced in a week but skated on his own Monday.

The Sabres had today off.

The roster features two rookies – defenseman Rasmus Dahlin, the first overall pick, and center Casey Mittelstadt – and eight newcomers.

Since the Sabres kept eight defensemen, Matt Tennyson, a veteran coach Phil Housley leaned on heavily early last season during a run of injuries, made the team out of training camp again.

Winger Remi Elie, who was claimed on waivers from the Dallas Stars today, will wear No. 81, according to the team.

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