I didn’t even have to watch the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets to know the Buffalo Sabres didn’t play well, aside from the obvious score, twitter cleared all that up. Checking trends on twitter all anyone wanted to talk about was suffering and firing Darcy Regier.
We’re just 5 games into a rebuilding year we all knew was coming and fans are already searching for the exits. If fans can take anything away from the first 5 games, it’s the fact the Sabres are going to be difficult to watch at times and their goaltenders will need to be sharp
to keep them in most games. The goal scoring has been slim and right now they’re on pace to score 82 goals all season, hey that’s a goal a game rate.
5 games in and suffering for Sabres fans has already kicked in. The question becomes if they can land the first overall pick this year is the suffering warranted?
The Sabres can’t win with the pieces they have now and are going into a rebuild mode to find younger and more skilled pieces they can win with. Soon Thomas Vanek, Ryan Miller and Drew Stafford will be wearing different colours and the Sabres will be ripe with young talent. Combine the already young skilled rookies on the roster with the first overall pick and things begin to look better already.
Judging from twitter I’m sure a lot of you have already looked at the 2014 pre-draft rankings and have an eye on a few players the Sabres should target. The bad news is the 2014 draft class isn’t as skilled or deep as 2013 or 2015 is projected to be, but the good news for the Sabres if they continue down this suffering path is they won’t be picking outside the top 5.
Right now the two top prospects are Sam Reinhart and Aaron Ekblad, both solid players in their own right. Reinhart is a centre and Ekblad is a defenceman. The Sabres have more than enough defence, but could use a top-level pivot which makes Reinhart a desirable target.
Moving down the ranks a bit, if the Sabres want to bolster up the right-wing where they have very little they might want to take a look at William Nylander who is playing in one of the Finish elite leagues. Check out a full list of top prospects the Sabres should pursue here.
Is this painful hockey season which fans are having to suffer through worth it if the Sabres can get their hands on the 1st overall pick? What about a top 3 pick? Fans may be suffering now, but if it all pays off the Buffalo Sabres could turn into a top-level team in no time.