The Sabres have assigned Sam Reinhart to Kootenay (WHL).
Reinhart, 18, was the second overall pick in this summer's draft. He had one assist in nine games with the Sabres and with Buffalo going no where this year, it is probably best for Reinhart's development to go back to juniors. Reinhart had 36 goals and 69 assists (105 points) in 60 games with Kootenay last season.
After Thursday's game vs. the Bruins, the Sabres will need to make the decision on whether or not to keep Reinhart with the team and burn the first year of his entry level contract or send him back to juniors. For Reinhart's development sake it is probably best for him to go back to juniors and with the Sabres playing as poorly as they are, that seems like a no brainer.
Enroth allowed two goals on 39 shots in a loss to the Kings last Thursday. He watched the last two games, but will get the call on Thursday vs. the Bruins. The Sabres only managed to get 10… yep 10 shots on goal on Tuesday, so with an offence like that, do yourself a favour and leave Enroth on your bench… Or waiver wire.
Hackett (knee) is practicing with the Sabres for the first time this season.
Hackett is currently on injured reserve as he tries to work his way back from a torn ACL. He is not expected to be back until late-December or early-January, but even when he is back, he is still going to play for the Sabres and you know what that means.
Hodgson has been demoted to the Sabres fourth line.
If there is anything that can hurt your fantasy value more than playing for the Buffalo Sabres, it is playing on the fourth line for the Sabres. Hodgson has one goal and one assist with a minus-7 rating in 10 games this season. He is safe to cut ties with until something changes, which is unlikely.
Neuvirth will be in goal for the Sabres on Tuesday.
Neuvirth stopped 29 of 30 shots in a 2-1 win over the Sharks on Saturday. It was Neuvirth's first win and the Sabres second this season. He has allowed nine goals on 98 shots (.916 SV%) through three starts. It has been a solid start to the year, but he can't be relied on to rack up wins, even on Tuesday vs. a struggling Maple Leafs side.
Neuvirth surrendered three goals on 33 shots in a loss to the Ducks on Wednesday. It was a better outing than his first start against the Ducks and that earned him another start tonight against an equally as tough Sharks squad. Sabres goalies are nearly impossible to trust given how much Buffalo has struggled in October.
After getting back into the lineup last night, Reinhart will be back in the pressbox tonight for the second time in three games. However, Reinhart will be back in the lineup on Saturday against the Sharks. With Reinhart coming out of the lineup, the Sabres will put Nikita Zadorov in the lineup and go with seven defensemen.
Enroth gave up four goals on 36 shots in the Sabres loss to the Bruins last Saturday. It is going to be a long year for Buffalo netminders and they are only fantasy worthy when they have good matchups; which is not at all what they have tonight in Los Angeles.
Reinhart will be back in the Sabres lineup on Wednesday.
Brian Flynn stayed on for extra work at the Sabres morning skate which means that Reinhart will get back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch on Saturday. He will centre the fourth line which means he will probably see less than 10 minutes of ice-time for the third straight game.
Neuvirth allowed five goals on 44 shots in his season debut. He has been on the sidelines for five of the Sabres' six games, but will start tonight in Anaheim. He didn't do so well in his first start of the season vs. the Ducks, so no reason to think that will change tonight on the road.
Reinhart will travel with the Sabres on their upcoming four-game road trip.
Reinhart was a healthy scratch on Saturday, but is still eligible to play in four more games before the first-year of his entry level contract is burned. He has no points and a minus-1 rating in five games and is not going to produce as long as the Sabres have him playing on the fourth line. It looks inevitable that he will be sent back to juniors.
Reinhart was moved to the fourth line for the last couple games and is now a healthy scratch which pretty much confirms that he will be going back to juniors soon. Brian Flynn will draw into the lineup.
Enroth stopped 34 of 35 shots in a 1-0 loss to the Panthers last night and will be back in goal tonight. He did his job, but the Sabres could not score on Roberto Luonogo. He should be avoided tonight with the Boston Bruins in town.