They’re not in the same division or even the same conference as the Chicago Blackhawks. But preseason notes show a Buffalo Sabres team that could very well be a beast in the East starting this season. Buffalo Hockey Now’s Mike Augello writes that not only are they predicted to make the playoffs for the first time in over a decade, scores of players on the roster are listed as ones to watch for individual hardware.
Not bad for a team that finally seem to be escaping the seventh circle of rebuild hell. Between Rasmus Dahlin, Tage Thompson, Jack Quinn, and Devon Levi, the Sabres have a shot at getting into the playoffs.
Blackhawks In Case You Missed It
- It’s easy to think believe that Connor Bedard is a preseason betting favorite for the Calder Trophy. But it’s what else was written about him that was a bit surprising
- Logan Cooley signed his entry-level deal with the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday. While he won’t play as a teammate with Blackhawks prospects Oliver Moore and Sam Rinzel, he will now have an epic rookie matchup with Connor Bedard this season.
- Nick Lardis may turn out to be an absolute steal for the Chicago Blackhawks–another wing the team could have to flank so many of the centers in the system.
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