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Cody Hodgson will be extremely important to the team's success
Projected Forward Lines
At forward, the Sabres are extremely young. This is especially true up the middle of the ice, where Hodgson, Ennis, Grigorenko and Larsson are all 23 years old or younger.
On the wing, there's a more solid veteran presence provided by the likes of Vanek, Stafford, Ott and Leino, though youngsters Flynn and Girgensons will most likely figure prominently in the team's bottom six.
Though the unit is in no way devoid of talent, the Sabres are relying heavily on offensive production from their youngest players. If Grigorenko and Girgensons don't chip in on the scoresheet, the team could be in dire need of offensive help.
Missing from this list due to injury are Joel Armia and Marcus Foligno, the latter of which will make an impact as soon as he returns.
Projected Defensemen Pairings
On defense, the Sabres have a solid mix of veterans and young, talented defenders. Christian Ehrhoff leads the way as one of the more underrated players at his position in the entire league. Alongside him you might see Mark Pysyk, the former first-round pick who very much held his own at the end of the 2012-13 season.
Henrik Tallinder returns to Buffalo for his second stint with the team and will be paired with Tyler Myers. The Sabres brass hopes that Tallinder will be able to rejuvenate Myers's development, which has been minimal since the former's departure.
The third pairing will consist of Mike Weber and young Rasmus Ristolainen. This pairing will definitely put the hurt on opposing forwards, and the Sabres hope that Ristolainen can quickly adapt to the smaller, North American rinks.
Projected Starting Goaltenders
Though there are many unknown entities on the Sabres roster, their goaltenders are not in question. As long as he remains on the roster, Ryan Miller will be the man between the pipes. Enroth, now in his fourth NHL season, will back him up for the foreseeable future.