2022-23 Buffalo Sabres Predictions and Futures Odds Picks
The Buffalo Sabres season was somewhat of a lost one last year. On offense, they ranked below average, 22nd out of 32 teams in goals scored. On defense, they were still middle of the pack, and the goaltending was a revolving door. However, this team has a bright future, and we’re going to get into why that is. But first, let’s look at the team’s offseason moves.
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Buffalo Sabres Offseason Moves
The Sabres did sign Ilya Lyubushkin to a two-year, $5.5 million contract, and also added Eric Comrie to a two-year, $3.6 million contract to split the goaltending with Craig Anderson. There have been a few minor moves here and there, but the majority of the changes are going to be coming internally as they will look rely on the likes of young up and comers Owen Powers and Jack Quinn.
I think this outlook has to begin with the improvement of Tage Thompson. He took a huge leap forward, jumping to 38 goals and 68 points. He got a bigger role and skated away with it. He’s only 24-years-old still and looks to be a leader of the team for years to come. Dylan Cozens also looks like a long-term piece for the team. He held his own at just 21 years of age and has a lot of time to improve. This team has a young core that can take a big step forward. They surprised a lot of people last year, and I think could improve upon that even more. Looking at that division, the team still has lots of work to do. Their top lines don’t measure up with the likes of Boston, Toronto or Tampa Bay. Even the Senators, who finished below the Sabres last season, may have gained an edge of them this year with the aggressive summer spending. Additionally, you have to look at the goaltending. Anderson is 41 years of age now. And while Comie was a solid backup last year for the Jets, he has a total of only 28 games of NHL experience. The Sabres have a lot of potential and a lot to look forward to, but it will remain to be seen if they can somehow get past the playoff drought and improve upon last season.
Buffalo Sabres NHL Futures Odds
Let’s be blunt about this… it isn’t good. FanDuel has them at +10000, the fourth worst odds in the NHL and second to last in the conference at +4000, just in front of the Canadians. In the Atlantic Division they are at +7000 and second to last once again.
2022-23 Buffalo Sabres Predictions
This team isn’t going to win the Stanley Cup next year. However, out of all of the teams in this bottom tier group, they are most certainly the closest to crossing over to a contender. They have a young and talented core that made significant strides and improvements last year. If they continue to do so, it will propel this team into a surprising playoff berth. They are a rebuilding team going into another year of low expectations with a chance to shock the world. The playoffs may be a stretch this year, but they aren’t going to go down easy and will play teams hard in the Atlantic Division this year.
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