The Buffalo Sabres are coming off a disappointing 2012-13 season to say the least as they finished 21-21-6 for a total of 48 points which put them in a tie for second worst record in the entire Eastern Conference. That was likely due to poor defensive play to say the least which in turn allowed a lot more shots on star goalie Ryan Miller and he can’t save every shot. That being said, the Sabres began to rebuild their defense including bringing back Henrik Tallinder to put him in tandem with Tyler Myers who has looked lost since winning the Calder Memorial Trophy for the rookie of the year.
Also, the Sabres drafted two extremely talented and young defendse in Nikita Zadorov and Rasmus Ristolainen who have been compared to Zedeno Chara and Chris Pronger respectably. If those two 18 year olds live up to their hype, the Sabres might have hit pay dirt for a long time ahead.
Besides young defensemen, they also have young offensive attackers including local product Justin Bailey with also Mikhail Grigorenko returning and the eagerly anticipated debut of Joel Armia who has been lighting the light often over in Finland. These guys could become stars in this league much sooner than later and that’s barely scratching the surface of young talent this team has.
All and all, it should be a much better 2013-14 season for the Sabres under head coach Ron Rolston (pictured above) and they could realistically go with the new realignment an impressive 45-25-12 if this team fires on all cylinders all season long and no serious injuries happen.