The NHL preseason may still be over a month away, but in case you had not noticed (or didn’t care – either way!) the NFL preseason is underway! Go Bills!
Actually, I’m a Colts fan, but I don’t dislike the Bills, so sure! Let ‘em have a good season.
And speaking of seasons: I got to thinking about the city of Buffalo this morning. One city, two professional, major-league sports franchises. Neither team made the playoffs last season. Neither team is expected to make the playoffs this coming season. Seems like the 716 is headed for another year of futility.But that’s why they play the games.
The Sabres and the Bills both brought in exciting new talent thanks to their respective drafts, and sometimes, new blood can go a long way. Just look at what happened with the Indianapolis Colts last year. No one expected the Colts to make the playoffs once they let future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning walk, but Andrew Luck and those plucky Colts had other plans. Could the Bills, who took what some pundits viewed as a big risk when they drafted quarterback EJ Manuel out of Florida State, be as lucky (ha ha!) this season as the Colts were last?
Meanwhile, the Sabres have been stockpiling prospects for a few years now, and have one of the best crops of young players out of all the teams in the NHL. Fans are hoping that Mikhail Grigorenko will shine now that he has been handed a permanent place on the Sabres’ roster, and would love to finally see Joel Armia or Zemgus Girgensons wearing the blue and gold, too. Adding defensive prospects Rasmus Ristolainen or Nikita Zadorov could shore up a blue line that was pretty hit-and-miss in 2013, as would a return to for by Tyler “I missed Hank” Myers. On paper, the playoffs seem to be a longshot, but with Ron Rolston guiding the young Sabres, is it possible that they play out of their minds and surprise the hockey world?
Your turn! Let me know which team from Buffalo will have the better season next year, and explain why in the comments below!