Kane Finding Success on New Line
Written by Steve Dowling on 2015-12-05
Dan Bylsma entered the 2015-16 hockey season not knowing many players. He said that it would take around 20 games for him to get a feel for the players. Evander Kane, who the Sabres acquired in a trade with Winnipeg last season, was playing with star rookie center Jack Eichel. Their development together slowed once Kane went out with a knee injury. However, from an outside point of view, it was easy...(Read More)
Dan Bylsma Has Multiple Line Options for 2015
Written by Steve Dowling on 2015-10-07
Buffalo Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma is hoping that he made the correct decision to join the Buffalo Sabres. Judging from shades in the preseason and the talented forwards he possesses, his decision might be correct. Jack Eichel is looking like he is going to be every bit the star that he is projected to be, scoring 6 points in 4 games, including 2 shorthanded goals. Evander Kane is looking like a...(Read More)
Sabres Win Prospects Challenge Tournament
Written by Steve Dowling on 2015-09-15
The Buffalo Sabres won both games they played in the first Prospects Challenge tournament played in Buffalo. The began the tournament by defeating the New Jersey Devils prospects 6-2. They followed that with a 3-2 overtime win against the Boston Bruins prospects.
Against New Jersey, Buffalo’s top line of Eichel, Rodrigues and Baptiste turned in a dominant performance, scoring twice more following...(Read More)
My Thoughts on the 2015 Offseason
Written by Steve Dowling on 2015-07-19
I believe that the Buffalo Sabres have definitely improved this offseason. If you are going off of the last game of the season, at a point where the Sabres were at least staying competitive, the Sabres have added:
Zemgus Girgensons (injury)
Josh Gorges (injury)
Mike Weber (injury)
Ryan O'Reilly (trade)
Jamie McGinn (trade)
Robin Lehner (trade)
Jack Eichel (draft)
Evander Kane (injury)
2015 NHL Mock Draft
Written by Steve Dowling on 2015-06-14
The 2015 NHL Draft is in Miami, FL. The first round begins on June 26th. Below is a mock draft. No teams will be making trades.
1. Edmonton: Connor McDavid - C, Erie, OHL
2. Buffalo: Jack Eichel - C, Boston University, NCAA
3. Arizona: Dylan Strome - C, Erie, OHL
4. Toronto: Mitch Marner - RW, London, OHL
5. Carolina: Noah Hanifin - D, Boston College, NCAA
6. New Jersey: Mathew Barzal - C,...(Read More)
Possible Sabres Offseason Trades
Written by Steve Dowling on 2015-05-29
The Buffalo Sabres are starting to get their roster in place, but are still missing a few pieces. One is a starting goalie, another is a left-handed defensemen, and a final is a top 6 RW.
Mark Pysyk is a player that I really like, but I believe that he would be a player that might make a lot of sense for Edmonton. The player I would like in return would be Nail Yakupov. Yakupov has a great deal...(Read More)
Prospect Series - Travis Konecny, CAN
Written by Steve Dowling on 2015-05-14
Travis Konecny is a forward for the Ottawa 67's that can play either center or right wing. He is a right-handed shot. He is on the small end, at 5'10" and 175 lbs.
Travis Konecny has excellent speed, and tremendous acceleration. He utilizes it both on the rush, and to be a cannonball on the forecheck. He has good balance and is strong on his skates. This helps him to to grind in the corners, work...(Read More)
Prospect Series - Timo Meier, SUI
Written by Steve Dowling on 2015-05-14
Timo Meier is a right wing playing for the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL. He is a left-handed shot. He is 6'1" and 210 lbs.
An improved skating stride and more speed have really helped Timo Meier this season, and he’s racking up points and rocketing up draft charts as a result. He’s not a speedster, but while he was once a bit of a poor skater, he’s now slightly above average in this regard....(Read More)
Prospect Series - Kyle Connor, USA
Written by Steve Dowling on 2015-05-10
Kyle Connor is a 6'1" forward out of Youngstown of the USHL. He weighs 180 lbs. He is committed to Michigan next season. Connor is a left-handed shot.
Kyle Connor is an outstanding skater, with excellent speed, first step quickness, and great acceleration. He also has extremely good stickhandling ability, and can make plays while moving at close to top speed. He is extremely agile, and uses this...(Read More)