Chris Peters is currently ESPN’s NHL draft and prospects analyst. The Chicago native previously insured the NHL to get CBSSports.com and based the favorite independent blog UnitedStatesofHockey.com at which he also covered the match in any way levels since 2010.
As each NHL team is eliminated from playoff contention — mathematically or by losing in the postseason — we’ll look at why its pursuit for the Stanley Cup dropped short in 201819, along with three keys to its own off season, impact prospects for 2019-20 and a way-too-early prediction about which 2019-20 will hold.
Even the Buffalo Sabres entered the season with three key acquisitions: winger Jeff Skinner, acquired in a trade with Carolina; defenseman Rasmus Dahlin, the 1st overall selection in the 2018 draft; and goalie Carter Hutton, signed off from the Blues.
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The fantastic news: They worked out well, especially with Skinner’s career-redefining season having fun with Buffalo celebrity Jack Eichel.
The bad news: Not much else resolved. The Sabres couldn’t score (25th in goals) or defend (23rd in goals against), and a 6-11-4 elongate in the middle of the summer season torpedoed them.
They remain a team with more questions than answers since overall director Jason Botterill enters his third party off season.