Anytime people find out that you are from Buffalo they always assume certain things about you and Western New York. The first question that most of us get asked is if we eat wings for every meal. Or another question we get asked a million times is, does it snow every single day of the year.
It’s no secret for the Golden Knights that if they want to have success, and ultimately raise the Stanley Cup, they are going to need to get the best out of Jack Eichel. After being acquired from the Buffalo Sabres, Eichel was able to play in 34 games with the Golden Knights. He started out hot scoring five goals in his first 13 games including two game-winning goals. But he cooled off mightily down the stretch as he went scoreless in five of the team’s final six meaningful games and was held to just one point in that span.
The Buffalo Sabres have a plethora of prospects to get excited about. From Owen Power to Isak Rosen, today, we are listing the top ten. Of course, we could write a 20-plus-slided slide show on all the prospects in the Buffalo Sabres system. But, as with all professional hockey systems, only a select handful will actually earn a spot in the NHL. In today’s show, we are not predicting who will eventually become a member of the Sabres, but instead we are ranking each prospect where they currently stand.
The Buffalo Sabres need veterans to mentor not necessarily their own roster, but also the plethora of incoming AHL prospects. Mark Jankowski has just 272 games of NHL experience and his latest 19 games came with the Buffalo Sabres. A former first round pick for the Calgary Flames, it is safe to say Jankowski never lived up to expectations. But he’s not an absolute bust either.
Brett Murray is one of the more underrated prospects for the Buffalo Sabres, but he has become a jack-of-all-trades in professional hockey. The Buffalo Sabres had a physical presence with John Hayden in 2021-22. Hayden was the team’s sledgehammer, at least at forward, with 104 hits in 55 games. But Brett Murray is another one to watch. He carries identical size to Hayden, but with a thicker build and more offensive prowess.
There is no doubt the Buffalo Sabres need to address their issues at goaltender, and it should be the top priority this offseason. While the Buffalo Sabres know they need a goaltender for 2022-23, they also don’t want to break the bank. It has also been noted and reinforced that Kevyn Adams does not want to sign a franchise goaltender and “block out” the likes of Devon Levi, Erik Portillo, and Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen.
Our Buffalo Sabres 2022 player report cards continue today with a look at winger Brett Murray. Contract Status: entry-level, signed through 7/31/22, RFA after ($750,000 in 2020-21, $800,000 in 2021-22) Brett Murray could be part of the Sabres’ future, but GM Adams will have to decide fairly quickly if he...
The Flyers will likely be without one of their young forwards to start the season as Joel Farabee underwent successful disc replacement surgery in his cervical region on Friday morning. The expected recovery time is three to four months. Farabee becomes just the third NHL player to undergo disc replacement...
Former New York Islanders forward and current Buffalo Sabres leader Kyle Okposo was one of the players up for the Masterton Trophy come season’s end. His story, this season and since leaving the Islanders is one of perseverance, dedication, and leadership. As we wait to see who Buffalo Sabres head coach Don Granato chooses as captain of his young, determined group, it seems that Okposo is the front runner.
It is the NHL offseason and that means the Buffalo Sabres are looking at every possible scenario involving roster transactions. And that includes trades. Last week, we were looking at potential trade scenarios regarding Patrick Kane thanks to Da Windy City’s article on the subject. Yesterday, Even Mead of FanSided’s Octopus Thrower listed the Buffalo Sabres as a potential suitor for forward Tyler Bertuzzi.
Owen Power signed his entry-level contract with the Buffalo Sabres and appeared in the final eight games of the 2021-22 season. Hopes were high for Owen Power when he signed with the Buffalo Sabres and the kind of, sort of rookie exceeded expectations. He scored three points in eight games while logging 22:05 of average ice time. He also showed his defensive prowess with nine blocks and six takeaways.
Not only did Kyle Okposo have a good season, but he is now being viewed as a father figure on the Buffalo Sabres and he’s expected to be named the captain. Tim Graham of The Athletic gave Buffalo Sabres fans a little tidbit yesterday. He dropped a hint of who will be the next captain.
The 2021 NHL Draft was a weird one for the Washington Capitals as they traded away their first round pick to the Detroit Red Wings. For this exercise, I’m going to do a complete redraft starting with their second round pick at 55 overall. But first let’s look at...