Fear Not Sabres Fans! The Connor McDavid Sweepstakes Are Underway!

All eyes are on the Prize!!!- Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

All eyes are on the Prize!!! – Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

If you’re a Buffalo Sabres fan, it’s been a trying few years. Their early opening of the season with little success means the playoffs aren’t going to be probable this year. In fact the Sabres haven’t made the playoffs in over 4 years, and are nowhere near the playoffs this year. They will in all likelihood finish with the worst record in the NHL, and that’s not such a bad thing. They have needed to rebuild for years. The removal of Lindy Ruff, Darcy Regier, and the core players they bet on after the successful runs in the 2005-06 Seasons. Those players flopped, and the Sabres made some terrible decisions regarding personnel. But fear not things are looking up for Sabres fans!

Last year Ville Leino epitomized the Sabres futility! - Photo via www.washingtonpost.com

Last year Ville Leino epitomized the Sabres futility! – Photo via http://www.washingtonpost.com

With the trade of Vanek, Miller, Gaustad and other players over the last four years, Buffalo has acquired plenty of talent in the Minors, as well as a bevy of draft picks. The Islanders who traded for Vanek last year, deferred that pick till the 2015 draft. Personally, I don’t see them having much of a chance of success next year, and will probably finish towards the bottom of the league next year. So that top 2 pick with next year’s class, which has the potential to have four top-tier players go with the top 4 picks, means the Isles would be crazy to give up that pick.

The Sabres poor play this year, isn’t projected to subside, without Ryan Miller, who many said played back to his all world self. The Sabres may have even more pick’s for next year’s draft, but the key for them is McDavid, who has been compared to Sydney Crosby and Wayne Gretzky. If things pan out and the Sabres can get a second (Islanders) Top 5 pick this year then watch out. They’ll be tough to beat in the years to come!

 

What a group to be compared too! - Photo via statsstylescore.com

What a group to be compared to! – Photo via statsstylescore.com

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2 Comments on “Fear Not Sabres Fans! The Connor McDavid Sweepstakes Are Underway!”

  1. South Side October 14, 2014 at 9:10 am #

    Though its a little premature to form any meaningful conclusions, I mean, there are only, what- 79 games remaining?
    …But I do like your optimism–especially in light of certain overly reported failed-Bills owner candidates.

    One thing though: You do know the 2014 Draft has already taken place, right? And you do know that Connor McDavid is eligible for the draft that will be held on June 26 & 27 in Florida, right?
    I wasnt terribly sure that you were when I read this line:
    “If things pan out and the Sabres can nab a top line forward this year and have a chance to get McDavid next year, then watch out. They’ll be tough to beat!”

    • Craig Wheeler October 14, 2014 at 5:34 pm #

      Good call, and no I made a mistake on that. All fixed.

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