There’s no denying that the 2015-16 Buffalo Sabres season has been a pretty large disappointment.
Aside from the play of Ryan O’Reilly, Rasmus Ristolainen and some kid named Jack Eichel, there really hasn’t been much to cheer about for Sabres fans. As of January 4, the Sabres are just a point from being in 30th place yet again. It really is surprising for a team expected to make some strides this season to be sitting so low in the standings.
And the news just doesn’t seem to be getting any better in Buffalo.
During his meeting with the media on Monday morning, head coach Dan Byslma stated that power forward Nicolas Deslaurier will be out for the next 3-5 weeks with a foot injury. Tyler Ennis, who only recently came back from an injury, is once again on the shelf after not playing since December 30. His status is week-to-week.
It’s just another row in the long list of injuries to plague the Sabres this year. From Evander Kane and Zach Bogosian in and out of the lineup this year to Robin Lehner, the man they traded a first-round pick for, only playing in one game, Buffalo just continues to deal with injury problems. In fact, only seven players have played in every game this year, two of which are the aforementioned Eichel and O’Reilly.
To fill in the void, the Sabres have recalled Tim Schaller from the Rochester Americans. In six games this season with Buffalo, Schaller has two assists. He also has 10 points in 18 games in Rochester.
Michael is a former Managing Editor for The Hockey Writers. He’s covered the Buffalo Sabres, along with the NHL in general, for various outlets since 2009. His work has been featured on outlets such as Yahoo, Sports Illustrated and Fox Sports.