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Buffalo Sabres Officially Entering Evaluation Mode

I have good news and bad news for you guys today. The good news is the Buffalo Sabres truly seem to be taking this rebuild seriously, the bad news we’re going to see a lot of mediocre talent such as Kevin Porter playing with the Buffalo Sabres for a stints of time.

The news that the Buffalo Sabres had sent down Mark Pysyk and Luke Adam to the Rochester Americans was a bit of a shock when it first hit. But with all hockey news, after the initial reaction one has to take a step back and think about the moves from a

different perspective. The Amerks are getting ready to play in the Spengler Cup over in Switzerland beginning boxing day. The Spengler Cup is very prestigious, which is by invite only.

The Amerks will face off against several teams from around the globe who are playing elite level or professional hockey. This is a fantastic tournament for the young players and a great experience for young players like Pysyk, Adam and Johan Larsson.

While the tournament will provide great competition for Sabres prospects, there is a flip side to the equation. For the most part the organization now knows what they have in Mark Pysyk, Brayden McNabb and Luke Adam. They know they compete and have made a decision on whether or not they will be useful through the rebuild or not.

Over the next few months, if not till the end of the season, the Sabres are going to be recalling a lot of players from the Amerks to see what they’ve got and if they’re worth trading. Pat LaFontaine and the Sabres want to see the talent left in the organization before they take the next step in the rebuild.

Aside from Johan Larsson, Joel Armia, Rasmus Ristolainen, Nikita Zadorov and Mark Pysyk, there really isn’t much future talent down with the Amerks. It’s crucial to have your AHL team full of talent that is developing to one day have a solid role with the big club. Aside from the players I just mentioned, of whom most will be with the Sabres next season, there is very little talent for the future.

Some of the guys are career AHLers, others need a fresh start and many of them could be useful to package into a deal at the trade deadline.

With Amerks being recalled like Matt Ellis, we’re going to see a lot of hard working players battling every night to prove they can still play, which will only help the Sabres. They might be boring but they battle hard every night. While we’re going to see a lot of younger players going up and down throughout the rest of this season, don’t panic. The Buffalo Sabres are just trying to figure out what they have in their organization and determine the right course for the future.

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