After what can only be described as the most boring offseason in history (despite the creation of our brand new team), the NHL is finally almost ready to spring it’s patented brand of fun mixed with chronic stupidity on its unsuspecting fanbase (the NHL sounds a lot like Hockeenight now that I think about it). But we can’t start a season without a vague and useless analysis of each and every team, helpfully pegged to a completely arbitrary standard! Thus we are pleased to announce the return of “View From The Top”.
Yet another year when the Buffalo Sabres are in a rebuild. Another year when the playoffs are something everyone else does. You look at their roster and see a few decent guys, but at the end of the season they still end the season looking up at the rest of the Atlantic Division.
This is an example of the whole being less than the sum of its parts. They’ve got some pretty good players like Jack Eichel, Kyle Okposo, Ryan O’Reilly, Evander Kane…you’d think these guys could get things going. But nothing ever goes anywhere.
Again, you see some pretty good guys. Rasmus Ristolainen, Zach Bogosian, Josh Georges…but it never comes together.
Robin Lehner had a .920 save percentage and a 2.68 GAA. That’s what happens when you see an average of 33 shots a game.
I’m not entirely sure, but I think they’ve given out every sweater number in the 90s.
ARE THEY BETTER THAN THE LAS VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS:
No, but they’ve got great wings in that town.