2014 NHL Draft March Rankings
Written by Steve Dowling on 2014-03-22
The 2014 NHL Entry Draft is soon approaching. The draft follows and incredibly deep 2013 draft and precedes a potential superstar filled 2015 draft. By all accounts, there is not supposed to be a lot of depth at the top end and not many projected superstars.
The early projected rankings for me are, in terms of best player available:
1) Aaron Ekblad, D
2) Sam Reinhart, F
3) Sam Bennett, F
Potential Sabres Trade Deadline Moves
Written by Steve Dowling on 2014-02-12
In the midst of a terrible season, the Buffalo Sabres have a bevy of assets available at their disposal. With a top 3 pick already locked up in this years draft, the Sabres should be either signing or moving anyone not under contract for next season.
Early in the season, the Buffalo Sabres traded pending unrestricted free agent Thomas Vanek to the New York Islanders for Matt Moulson, another pending...(Read More)
Sabres Third Jerseys Do Not Go Over Well
Written by Steve Dowling on 2013-11-29
The Sabres recently debuted a new third jersey Sunday against Detroit. I was at the Sabres game on Wednesday against Montreal. The Sabres wore the third jerseys, and it almost seemed as if they were a joke to fans. It has not helped that the Sabres are 0-2 when wearing these jerseys.
There were certain times in the game where they did jersey giveaways to fans. At first, for military officer, he...(Read More)
Sabres Make Several Roster Moves
Written by Steve Dowling on 2013-11-19
The Buffalo Sabres made some roster moves early in the Pat Lafontaine era. The first was to send Nikita Zadorov back to the London Knights of the OHL. This is a very smart move and he will be under a great coach. I expect Zadorov to be playing at the World Junior Championships as well.
The second and third moves were sending Rasmus Ristolainen and Johann Larsson to Rochester. I think both players,...(Read More)
Ted Nolan And Pat Lafontaine Give Sabres Life
Written by Steve Dowling on 2013-11-17
When Terry Pegula announced that Darcy Regier and Ron Rolston had been relieved of their duties as general manager and coach of the Buffalo Sabres, the views of the Buffalo Sabres organization started to change. When he announced that Pat Lafontaine had been hired as the President of Hockey Operations and that Ted Nolan was new interim coach of the Sabres, the team took a complete 180.
Ted Nolan...(Read More)
Lindy Ruff Returns Home To Face Sabres
Written by Steve Dowling on 2013-10-28
Dallas Stars coach Lindy Ruff will return to Buffalo tonight to face his former team for the first time ever. Ruff was the all-time winningest coach in Sabres history before he was fired early in 2013. Ruff took the team to a Stanley Cup final, 3 conference finals, and won a President's Trophy. Ruff finished with over 500 wins as a Sabres head coach.
The Sabres are currently in the basement of...(Read More)
Thomas Vanek Traded To Isles For Matt Moulson
Written by Steve Dowling on 2013-10-27
The Buffalo Sabres finally traded UFA-to-be Thomas Vanek to the New York Islanders in exchange for Matt Moulson and a 1st round pick in 2014 and a 2nd round pick in 2015. This could be either a very good trade or very bad trade for both teams, depending on how things play out.
In acquiring the 40 goal scoring ability of Vanek, the Islanders gave up 30 goal scorer Matt Moulson. If Vanek can be...(Read More)
John Scott Faces Hearing
Written by Steve Dowling on 2013-10-24
John Scott faces a hearing and will be suspended an indefinite number of games for his hit on Loui Eriksson. I really hope that the league does not mess around with him and give him at least 5 games. He is nothing but a goon and brings very little to the table as far as hockey goes.
This has already been seen earlier this season in a fight during a Toronto Maple Leafs preseason game. If Scott gets...(Read More)
John Scott Must Get Suspended
Written by Steve Dowling on 2013-10-23
Buffalo Sabres' forward John Scott will most likely be suspended for his hit on Boston Bruins forward Loui Eriksson. Scott hit Eriksson in the head on a late-arriving open ice hit. While part of the issue with the hit is that Scott is so much taller than Eriksson, Scott showed why he is a player that should be on the bench rather than on the ice.
Scott is an enforcer who cannot fight. He is not...(Read More)