Rasmus Dahlin’s presence makes the Prospects Challenge an intriguing tournament. ©2018, Micheline Veluvolu

Sabres release Prospects Challenge roster

BUFFALO – Defenseman Rasmus Dahlin and center Casey Mittelstadt are among 27 Sabres scheduled to participate in this week’s Prospects Challenge rookie tournament the team will be hosting at HarborCenter.

Some other interesting names on the Sabres’ 27-man roster the team released today include:

Center Rasmus Asplund, who could contend for a roster spot out of training camp after playing the last two seasons in Sweden.

Winger Victor Olofsson, the Swedish Hockey League’s leading scorer last season with 27 goals.

Winger Tage Thompson, the prospect the Sabres insisted the St. Louis Blues include in the Ryan O’Reilly trade.

Goalie Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, who’s beginning his North American career this season with Ontario Hockey League’s Sudbury Wolves.

Matej Pekar, an agitating center the Sabres drafted 94th this year. The Czech planned on attending Miami University in Ohio but will reportedly return to junior for another season.

Of course, Dahlin, the first overall pick in June, and Mittelstadt, the eighth pick in 2017, will be the main attractions. Both are expected to be big contributors to the Sabres this season.

2018 Sabres Prospects Challenge Roster

The Sabres, Boston Bruins, New Jersey Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins will all be competing in a round-robin challenge.

Here is the complete schedule for the tournament, which is a round-robin challenge featuring the Sabres, Boston Bruins, New Jersey Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins:


Pittsburgh vs. Boston, 3:30 p.m.

Buffalo vs. New Jersey, 7 p.m.


New Jersey vs. Pittsburgh, 3:30 p.m.

Buffalo vs. Boston, 7 p.m.


Boston vs. New Jersey, 9:30 a.m.

Buffalo vs. Pittsburgh, 12:30 p.m.

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