Good morning, well afternoon as I am a little late in getting this into the presses. Even still, here are some great stories for you to read, and some opinion on them. Buffalo Sabres, NHL, IIHF, there is nothing off the table for the morning dasher.
Buffalo Sabres Links
The Pittsburgh Model isn’t the right model for the Buffalo Sabres. [Bleacher Report].
Well I think everyone in the hockey world can agree with that title without reading the article, but bare with me and read the whole thing.
Fact is, if you take out Sidney Crosby – and just fill him in with any other first rounder, the “Pittsburgh model” is exactly what the Buffalo Sabres are looking to replicate. Get rewarded for your struggles with high end draft picks, and surround them with quality players in free agency to create a winning team.
It is failing in Pittsburgh because they couldn’t maintain that level of a team without drafting high. The Buffalo Sabres need a hybrid model for success, one that blends the success of drafting high multiple times a la the Pittsburgh Penguins, and one for developing prospects and talent a la the Detroit Red Wings.
The Buffalo Sabres show skill and depth are on display as the Sabres prospect awards are handed out. [Hockeys Future].
As I mentioned on the first link, you have to be able to develop talent. Buffalo is already on the right page for that. Already in the system is Johan Larsson, Rasmus Ristolainen, Nikita Zadorov, Daniel Catenacci, Nick Baptiste, and JT Compher. The list goes on. I can’t wait to see what these kids can bring to the table and bring some winning to the cities of Rochester and Buffalo.
If things weren’t already going to be great in the Eastern Conference Finals – Chris Kreider has just turned a potential powder keg into a full on nuclear war. Was it an accident, intentional, or accidentally intentional?
The NHL offers up another glass of stupid for its fans. [Chicago Tribune].
All I can say on this one is the NHL is lucky the Los Angeles Kings didn’t stand a chance in this game. More and more doubt is cast on the ability for on and off ice officials to get calls right.
Stanley Cup Conference Finals
Chicago Blackhawks (1) vs Los Angeles Kings (0)
New York Rangers (1) vs Montreal Canadiens (0)