2014 - 2015 TEAM PREVIEW: BUFFALO SABRES

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August 24 2014 10:54AM

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2013-14 was a terrible year for the Buffalo Sabres, who finished 21-51-10 (52 points) which was good for last place in the NHL–14 points behind the 29th placed Florida Panthers. After a disappointing season, the Sabres landed the second overall selection, which they used to add Sam Reinhart.

The 18-year-old centre has an extremely high hockey IQ and plays a great two-way game. He was the captain of the Kootenay Ice and the Sabres have picked a player who will very likely sport a letter in the near future.


Regular Season

Playoffs

Season

Team

Lge

GP

G

A

Pts

PIM

+/-

GP

G

A

Pts

PIM

2013-14

Kootenay Ice

WHL

60

36

69

105

11

24

13

6

17

23

2

2012-13

Kootenay Ice

WHL

72

35

50

85

22

8

5

0

1

1

4

2011-12

Kootenay Ice

WHL

67

28

34

62

2

16

4

1

1

2

0

2010-11

Kootenay Ice

WHL

4

2

0

2

0

4

7

0

0

0

0

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In addition to Reinhart, the Sabres brought in a number of talented players via free agency and trade.

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Additions:                                                           Subtractions:

Matt Moulson – LW                                               Christian Ehrhoff – D

Josh Gorges – D                                                  Kevin Porter – LW

Brian Gionta – RW                                               John Scott -LW

Andrej Meszaros – D 

Cody McCormick – C 

Tyson Strachan – D 

Andre Benoit – D


They signed Matt Moulson to a five-year deal. Moulson spent half the season with the Sabres last year, tallying 29 points (11G / 18A) in 44 games. They also brought in a pair of Montreal Canadiens. Brian Gionta, who will turn 36, but brings a ton of leadership to a young team. The other for Hab is Josh Gorges, who they acquired for a second round pick. Gorges should steady a fairly young blueline that will also feature veteran Andrej Meszaros this season.

It will feel like the Sabres added Chris Stewart in the offseason as well. Stewart suffered an ankle injury just seven days after being acquired from St. Louis in the Ryan Miller trade. He played in five games, but failed to record a point. Stewart should play a big role in the Sabres’ offence along with Cody Hodgson and Tyler Ennis, both who are just 24 years old.

GOALIES

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Between the pipes, the Sabres have three twenty  year olds to choose from. The pre-season favorite to be the starter is 26-year-old Jhonas Enroth. Last season he posted a 2.82 GAA and a respectable .911 SV%, but that only translated into four wins in 26 starts (4-17-5).

He will be pushed by fellow 26-year-old Michal Neuvirth, who was 4-8-2 with a 2.78 GAA and .921 SV% between the Capitals and Sabres last season.

Their third option is Matt Hackett, 24, who will likely start the season in Rochester where he was 13-17-2 last year. In eight NHL starts he went 1-6-1 with a 3.10 GAA and .908 SV%. 

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Buffalo was the only team in the NHL to average under two goals per game, but now have at least five players who have legit 20-goal potential. Do not expect Buffalo to make the leap from the basement to the playoffs, but they should score significantly more goals than they did last season.

View the Buffalo Sabres roster and cap space heading into the 2014 – 2015 season.

View the potential Buffalo Sabres line combinations at DailyFaceoff.com

Season prediction: The Sabres finish seventh in the Atlantic Division and draft in the top-5 of the 2015 draft.

Other Season Previews: Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Coyotes, Boston Bruins

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#1 ChinookArch
August 27 2014, 08:33AM
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I credit Buffalo, Florida, Edmonton and the Islanders for the new lottery draft rules.

Suck less already.

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