Buffalo Sabres Daily: NHL 15, Noah Hanifin, NCAA


Good morning, Buffalo Sabres fans! It’s another game day for the Sabres, who are in Glendale to face the Arizona Coyotes this evening. It’s a late start tonight, so get your coffee ready to help you stay awake for this 10 p.m. puck drop.

First up in news from around the hockey world, there’s a new NHL 15 update out there for the folks that play. [Design Trend]

The update includes roster changes at several levels, including the NHL, AHL and CHL. For further instructions on how to get the update, check out the link above. The update is available for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

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Elsewhere: a study from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University calls into question the safety of hockey helmets in reducing the  risk of concussions.

According to the study, described further here, more than a quarter of all helmets are unsafe. The full findings of study are being released today. [ESPN]

The NHL season is winding down for some teams, such as the Buffalo Sabres, but things are really just beginning for the playoff-bound teams, or the teams that are rushing into the final stretch trying to make the postseason.

With that, there are players that absolutely need to step up heading into the final stretch of the 2014-2015 NHL season. Bleacher Report this morning lists 10 of them.

If the Buffalo Sabres were headed to the postseason, I’d say with certainty that one player who needs to step up would be Cody Hodgson.

Another Bleacher Report piece – this one posted a few days ago – ranks the top 10 best American-born NHLers currently playing.

When I think of American hockey players, a few names come immediately to mind: Mike Modano. Pat Lafontaine. Zach Parise. Patrick Kane.

There are a host of great American-born players suiting up in the NHL right now, and although hockey has always been Canada’s game, you can’t deny the talents of these guys.

Next up is a bit of light reading as we continue to get closer to the NHL Draft — this time on Boston College defenseman Noah Hanifin. [NHL.com]

Everyone continues to talk about Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel – rightly so, of course – but don’t forget just how deep this year’s draft class is. Guys like Hanifin, Lawson Crouse and Dylan Strome may not be one of those top-two coveted selections, but they’re also great players and will prove solid additions for any NHL team.

Finally, the field for the NCAA Frozen Four is set, with games beginning on April 9.

Nebraska-Omaha, North Dakota, Providence College and Boston University will vie for the title.

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