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Sabres Prospect Olofsson Is Adjusting Nicely

Sabres Prospect Olofsson Is Adjusting Nicely

October 16th, 2018 Victor Olofsson is quickly answering the question of whether his skills will translate to the North American game. A forward for the Buffalo Sabres' AHL affiliate, Rochester Americans, was selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Oct. 14, 2018. The 23-year-old winger piled...
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Buffalo Sabres Jersey History

October 16th, 2018 The Buffalo Sabres just can’t catch a break. Despite making the playoffs in 20 of their first 25 seasons, the Sabres only made it past the second round twice in that span, falling short of the Stanley Cup on both occasions. Later, backstopped by Dominik Hasek, arguably the best goaltender...

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October 3rd, 2018
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The Buffalo Sabres have officially named Jack Eichel as captain of their team. The news was announced Wednesday morning and will give the Sabres their first captain since Brian Gionta left the team in 2017. https://twitter.com/BuffaloSabres/status/1047513946943574017 Eichel has been a star with the Sabres since the team drafted him second overall in 2015. Though he hasn't produced points at the same level that Connor McDavid has in Edmonton, his ability is incredibly underrated given the success he's had despite injury struggles in his short career. Though the Sabres were without a captain last season, it was widely considered an inevitability that Eichel would eventually don the C in a Buffalo uniform. After he signed his monster eight-year, $80 million contract to remain in Buffalo for the long-term in October 2017, the only thing missing for Eichel was the official letter on his jersey. Related: Jack Eichel Signs $80 Million Extension With Sabres “It’s really...
October 2nd, 2018
Sabres Transactions

Late Monday, the Buffalo Sabres announced they have traded forward Nicholas Baptiste to the Nashville Predators for right-shot defenseman, Jack Dougherty. While not a headline-making splash of a trade, it's yet another move by Sabres general manager Jason Botterill to revamp his team. Dougherty Acquired by the Sabres Dougherty, a second round in 2014 (51st overall), has skated the last two seasons with the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League, the Predators' farm team. The 6-foot-1, 186-pound, 22-year-old blueliner has appeared in 141 regular season games and three playoff games with the Admirals. Before that, he played 68 games for the Portland Winterhawks in the WHL, tallying 11 goals and 41 assists. Last season, Dougherty struggled mightily. His point production fell 12 points and he registered a 1.82 goals-for per 60 minutes while giving up a 3.21 goals-against per 60. He carries a $695,000 cap hit this year, the final year of his entry-level contract. He has yet...
September 28th, 2018
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A key ingredient necessary for the 2018-19 Buffalo Sabres to rise out of the league's basement and into playoff contention is a consistent contribution from a variety of players. Analysts and pundits alike have highlighted offseason additions from the St. Louis Blues, Pittsburgh Penguins and Swedish Hockey League, who all will almost assuredly fill their expected roles from day one. But the entire weight associated with a highly successful season needs to be distributed throughout the depth chart. Cue the sleepers. A sleeper is a player at any position who significantly outperforms the statistical expectations placed upon them. Sleepers are new to rosters from other organizations, existing players due for a breakthrough season, or up-and-comers who suddenly mature to the surprise of the entire league. Recent examples include Eric Staal (Wild), Jesper Bratt (Devils) and Mat Barzal (Islanders), who all overperformed relative to expectations in 2017-18. The following Sabres...
September 27th, 2018
Sabres Prospects

As the availability of hockey news and statistics continues to grow, fans have been able to track the progress of their team's top prospects more efficiently. As a result, writers across the league release hundreds of numerical prospect rankings every year. While these articles tend to inspire healthy discussion, they don't necessarily tell the entire story or give the reader an accurate perspective of how their team's youngsters stack up against the rest of the league. Sportsnet analyst, Steve Dangle has established a system that ranks prospects by tiers within a given organization while also charting their professional trajectory. The "Prospect Pyramid" as he calls it, has increased in popularity, becoming the new standard of sorting prospects. Dangle himself describes his system in depth in the video below, as it pertains to his team, the Toronto Maple Leafs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8D3ex_d9Fo St. Louis Blues staff writer, Stephen Ground originally introduced the...

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The Buffalo Sabres just can’t catch a break. Despite making the playoffs in 20 of their first 25 seasons, the Sabres only made it past the second round twice in that span, falling short of the Stanley Cup on both occasions. Later, backstopped by Dominik Hasek, arguably the best goaltender... October 16th, 2018

Hockey Hall of Fame Debates: Rick Martin

Injuries are a part of life, and most certainly a part of sports. There is no doubt that if Buffalo Sabres fabled sniper Rick Martin had not sustained a career-ending injury he would have been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame long ago. Martin would likely have played at least five more years... October 16th, 2017