It’s good to be Tage Thompson.

The same can’t be said for Jeff Skinner and most of Buffalo’s prospects.

The Sabres are speeding toward Thursday’s season opener and the lineup that will face Washington is coming into focus. Rosters must be submitted to the NHL by Tuesday afternoon.

Here are our final projections following a weekend with an intrasquad scrimmage, notable line changes and a handful of waiver designations.

Forward lines

Taylor Hall-Jack Eichel-Tage Thompson

Victor Olofsson started training camp in the enviable spot next to Eichel and Hall, but Thompson has vaulted into the role with a nice showing in Buffalo’s two scrimmages. Coach Ralph Krueger called Thompson “one of the bright lights of our training camp” and said the 23-year-old’s shot and skill mesh well with Buffalo’s top stars.

“He’s got a tremendous package of skills and size,” Hall…





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