Who is likely to have the most goals for the Sabres next season?

Mar 31, 2021; Buffalo, New York, USA; Buffalo Sabres right wing Victor Olofsson (68) reacts to a goal by center Casey Mittelstadt (37) against the Philadelphia Flyers during the second period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 31, 2021; Buffalo, New York, USA; Buffalo Sabres right wing Victor Olofsson (68) reacts to a goal by center Casey Mittelstadt (37) against the Philadelphia Flyers during the second period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports /
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As the season is still a ways away, there could still be changes coming that could shake up the Buffalo Sabres roster before the start of next season. And I am sure everyone is sick of hearing about the Jack Eichel trade situation every single day. So to change it up a bit, let’s take a look at who could be the highest goal scorer in Buffalo next season.

Assuming that Eichel will not be playing for the Sabres next season, and remember Sam Reinhart is already gone, that would leave two players that would probably begin the season as favorites to score the most goals in Buffalo. One being Victor Olofsson, and the other being breakout star candidate, Casey Mittelstadt.

Olofsson, or “Goal-ofsson” as he is called, has shown his goal-scoring abilities in his three seasons in Buffalo, especially on the power play. Victor has one of the quickest one-timer releases in the league and is always a threat to score on the man advantage.

In 116 games played for the Sabres, Olofsson has 35 goals. But with no Reinhart and potentially no Eichel, we could see Buffalo lean on Victor more than we have ever seen to score some goals.

The other candidate in this debate is Casey Mittelstadt. Casey has had his fair share of struggles since being drafted by Buffalo. But at the end of last season, once Don Granato took over as head coach, we saw what Mittelstadt is capable of. He played the best hockey of his professional career by far once the coaching change occurred in Buffalo.

Casey scored 10 goals in 41 games last season, but the difference he showed at the end of the season compared to the beginning was night and day. He was extremely confident with the puck and capitalized on multiple opportunities.

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With the roster changes occurring in Buffalo, the Sabres may have to rely on some younger talent to produce more offense than they have before. Both Olofsson and Mittelstadt are players that could have to carry the load offensively for Buffalo.