Reason #1: The Sabres Have Ron Rolston
Pundits, disgruntled fans, and haters of everything Buffalo are making all of their predictions based on what they see on paper. Yes, the Buffalo Sabres have weaknesses, and yes, they are a young and incredibly inexperienced squad. Check out the website, read a little about how green they are going to be, make your predictions. Easy, right?
Good thing the games are played on ice.
For starters, the Sabres have a highly-ranked group of prospects. It is widely believed that Buffalo’s class of prospects ranks among the top third of the entire NHL, so there is talent to be had, young as it may be.
In addition, the roster you see online cannot show you how hungry and motivated a squad of young players are, or how eager they are to prove the can play in the NHL. Nor can a roster display how fast a coach can develop young talent, or how much of an “over-achieve” effect that coach can have on his squad. I don’t know how long Ron Rolston will be the head coach of the Buffalo Sabres – he may forever be known as a coach who develops young talent, in which case his time in Buffalo is limited – but he’s the perfect coach for such a young team. His success with the USA NTDP leads me to believe that he will bring this core of players along quickly, and will use their hunger to create a team that plays better than a third-to-last place in the NHL.
Don’t prove me wrong, Ron!