Hits and Misses of the Buffalo Sabres Off-Season So Far

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Foul Ball: The 2013 NHL Entry Draft

Had I written this post the week following the draft, you all know that I would have scored this a swing and a

Jun 30, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; Rasmus Ristolainen poses for a photo after being introduced as the number eight overall pick to the Buffalo Sabres during the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

miss.  The weeks heading into the draft, I was drooling over which offensive prospect the Sabres would land – would it be Elias Lindholm?  Valeri Nichushkin?  Hunter Shinkaruk?  I viewed strengthening Buffalo’s weak offense as priority number one, and I was livid when the Sabres failed to do that in the first round of the draft.  (Ask my wife, if she’ll talk about it!)

Now that some time has passed, I see the potential in the two defensive monsters that the Sabres drafted in Rasmus Ristolainen and Nikita Zadorov, Opposing NHL teams may come to dread having to share the ice with the Sabres, knowing that their bodies are going to feel the pain the next day.  The Sabres now have great size and muscle, to be molded under the steady hand of one of hockey’s great tutors, Ron Rolston.  This one isn’t a miss, but it’s not a hit either because we have to wait for results.  Buffalo, you’re still at the plate: make it count.

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