Last Season: 25-45-12 62 pts (8th in Atlantic Division; Did Not Make Playoffs)
Key Additions: D Matt Hunwick, D Rasmus Dahlin, F Jeff Skinner, F Patrik Berglund, F Vladimir Sobotka, F Conor Sheary, and G Carter Hutton
Key Departures: F Ryan O’Reilly, F Jordan Nolan, G Robin Lehner, and G Chad Johnson
Top Questions Facing the Sabres:
- How will Carter Hutton handle being the #1 goalie?
Last season with the St. Louis Blues, Hutton played 32 games with a 2.09 GAA and a .931 Save % which earned him a 3 year deal with the Sabres to be their new #1 goalie. This will be Hutton’s first opportunity at being a true startimg goaltender in the NHL, and he is doing it with a team that was dead last season.
2. How will the new pieces fit together?
Phil Housley has a new challenge going into his second season behimd the Buffalo bench as GM Jason Botterill brought in a lot of new faces to helpbthe Sabres rebound after last season’s disappointing year. It will be interesting to see how Housley will set up his lineup thisnseason with all of the new options at his disposal.