This article, for all intents and purposes, will focus on three additional players, and what the Sabres can garner with the (highly-coveted) eighth-overall pick at next month’s NHL Entry Draft. Let’s get the ball rolling, shall we?
The Buffalo Sabres have endured a ton of heartbreak having missed the playoffs for nine consecutive seasons. During which time, the team has gone through five different head coaches and have made three changes at the general manager position.
The center-ice spot is arguably the single most important position in the National Hockey League. Teams are always seeking talent, intelligence, depth, size, speed, and sandpaper down the middle of the ice as they look to build a contending roster capable of winning a Stanley Cup.
New York Islanders: The Gift that Just Keeps on Giving
On July 1, 2018, the New York Islanders lost their captain, best player, and face of the franchise, John Tavares. More than two years later, and the Maple Leafs have failed to advance past the first round of the playoffs. The Islanders, on the other hand, have won three playoff series, and find themselves just three wins away from the Eastern Conference Finals.
Between a sluggish Round Robin tournament and Tuukka Rask opting out, it seemed as if the Bruins playoff run could be short-lived. The Bruins were, however, able to overcome those challenges partly due to the play of David Krejci.
Last season, the Tampa Bay Lightning finished the regular season with an astounding 62-16-4 record to go along with 128 points-signifying one of the best single-season records in National Hockey League history. A week-and-a-half later, their season was over as the Bolts were swept in the first round in surprising (and convincing) fashion at the hands of the Columbus Blue Jackets sending shockwaves across the hockey world.
NHL Playoffs Series Outlook: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins
Carolina vs. Boston…here we go again. Last spring, the Carolina Hurricanes campaign came to an end when they were swept (4-0) at the hands of the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Finals. Fast-forward 15 months and the two teams are scheduled to lock horns, once again, in the first round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs in what promises to be a scintillating encounter. So just what can we expect this time around between two evenly-matched, well-coached teams? Let’s read on and find out.