2014 – 2015 TEAM PREVIEW: BUFFALO SABRES

Updated: January 11, 2018 at 3:47 am by Nation World HQ

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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%. 

MORE GOALS

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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