Summer Skate: Buffalo Sabres

Young players, like 2013 No. 8 overall pick Rasmus Ristolainen, may play big roles for Buffalo. Bill Wippert/NHLI/Getty Images

Using the VUKOTA projection system of Hockey Prospectus, Insider is taking the temperature of key players on every NHL team, continuing with the Buffalo Sabres. For a detailed explanation of Prospectus' proprietary GVT value metric, read more here.

Note: Due to the lockout, GVT scores for the 2013 season are prorated from 48 to 82 games.

Summer Skate: Buffalo Sabres

Another disappointing season resulted in the firing of long-tenured coach Lindy Ruff and a quasi-fire sale that saw star winger Jason Pominville dealt to Minnesota and defensemen Robyn Regehr and Jordan Leopold also sold off at the deadline.

The Sabres are now in full-fledged rebuilding mode, making only a few offseason moves and putting their hopes on a strong prospect pool.

Trending up: F Tyler Ennis
Last season: 1.0 GVT | VUKOTA projection: 7.3