By Mike Harrington
The Sabres' 23-man roster looks set for Sunday's opener against Philadelphia, with today's announcement that Mikhail Grigorenko has made the team for now with Cody McCormick and Nathan Gerbe going on injured reserve.
The team will thus start the season with 13 forwards on the roster, eight defenseman and goaltenders Ryan Miller and Jhonas Enroth. McCormick and Gerbe don't count against those totals. The scratches most likely will be Matt Ellis, Mike Weber and T.J. Brennan.
The breakdown of skaters looks like this:
Thomas Vanek-Cody Hodgson-Jason Pominville
Marcus Foligno-Tyler Ennis-Drew Stafford
Steve Ott-Mikhail Grgorenko-Ville Leino
John Scott-Jochen Hecht-Patrick Kaleta
The six defensemen are skating in these pairs
Christian Ehrhoff-Alexander Sulzer
Tyler Myers-Robyn Regehr
Andrej Sekera-Jordan Leopold