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Touted Prospect set to become free agent Monday

Touted Prospect set to become free agent Monday
Posted at 3:18 PM, Aug 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-15 10:23:38-04

Highly touted prospect Jimmy Vesey will likely decide where he'll play hockey sometime next week.

Whether or not that's in Buffalo remains uncertain, but Sabres fans have plenty to be excited about, with or without Vesey.

Sabres General Manager Tim Murray has said Vesey is likely a top-six forward.

Although Vesey would be a great addition, the Sabres top-six are far more impressive than the groups in recent memory.

Nothing is set in stone -- but you'd imagine Eichel, Reinhart, O'Reilly, Kane, Okposo and Ennis make up the Sabres first two lines.

Not bad, when you consider only Ennis was a top-six forward during the 2014-2015 (#EmbraceTheTank) season.

So let's look at the top-six:

Kyle Okposo:

He's the Sabres prized free agent addition. Okposo is coming off his second best year as a pro. No, he didn't just have a good year because of John Tavares. He's a solid top-six forward who can play almost any situation. Don't expect similar numbers right off the bat, this is his first time playing with a lot of these players. Also important to remember: if he's playing with any combination of these other talented players there's only so many points to go around.

Jack Eichel:

"Yeah, I guess he isn't too bad at hockey."

Many expect Eichel to build off his successful rookie campaign, myself included. He's already on the right track, but still needs a little maturing. Offensively, the sky's the limit. If he can continuously improve his game in the defensive zone Eichel has the potential to become one of the best players in the league.

Sam Reinhart:

Reinhart finished his rookie season (if you don't count the tryout in '14) with 23 goals and 42 points. Although the numbers were impressive, it was his play at both ends of the ice that really stood out. If last year is any indication of what's to come, Sam Reinhart will be a pivotal piece to the Sabres for years to come.

Ryan O'Reilly:

In his first year with the Sabres, O'Reilly finished with 60 points in 71 games. If not for a late season slump after coming back from injury, O'Reilly may have been the Sabres best player.

Tyler Ennis:

Ennis is coming off a 23 game season. In 2014-15 Ennis was arguably the Sabres MVP. If concussion problems don't linger, Ennis could have a career year. He'll be playing with a much better supporting cast than '14-'15. Don't expect an offensive onslaught early on, it'll take some time to build chemistry, almost similarly to Okposo. Remember, Ennis has barely played with any of these players.

Evander Kane:

Legal trouble aside, Kane, at times, proved to be the player the Sabres were hoping for. Although Kane's play was inconsistent, the 24-year-old was a solid complementary player to some of the team's other young forwards.

Regardless of what happens with #VeseyWatch, the Sabres are in the position to make some noise in the near future. How much noise? We'll have to wait and see.