3 reasons why an underrated Sabres winger still holds more trade value than you think

We are heading into late February, and the season of disappointment continues for a Sabres team that remains under 0.500 during a crucial time.

Jan 20, 2024; Buffalo, New York, USA;  Buffalo Sabres left wing Victor Olofsson (71) takes a shot on
Jan 20, 2024; Buffalo, New York, USA; Buffalo Sabres left wing Victor Olofsson (71) takes a shot on / Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
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Olofsson is just one season removed from what was a 28-goal outing

While there were times Olofsson scored rather irrelevant goals last season, he still put up 28 and an incredible 17.4 shooting percentage. This showed us just how well Olofsson found the net, and it wasn’t like he was selective with taking chances at the net, having averaged over two shots on goal per game. 

This season has been an entirely different story, but as a relatively young player still, there is no reason to think Olofsson can’t revert to what he did in 2022-23. Any contending team looking for a player with prolific scorer potential should be more than willing to take a chance on Olofsson and what remains of his contract, especially if they feel such a player is the final puzzle piece to making a deep playoff run. 

While his current contract could detract a few teams from ultimately bringing in Olofsson, the Sabres also have more than enough room to retain some of the winger’s salary. Olofsson will also be an unrestricted free agent, so the Blue and Gold won’t need to commit to him long-term. Further, taking on a portion of the contract could also help Buffalo land a rather sound developmental player - someone like Philip Broberg or Kaapo Kakko.