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NHL Power Rankings: #23 – Buffalo Sabres

The Buffalo Sabres went from being the worst team in hockey to being a borderline playoff contender. They still have some issues that they have to iron out. However, they are no longer the doormat of the league.

STRENGTHS: The Sabres barely lost the draft lottery. They couldn’t draft Connor McDavid. They got the next best thing in Jack Eichel. Eichel is an elite talent who should transform the Sabres and lead them for years to come. They weren’t satisfied with just Eichel. They traded for Colorado Avalanche center Ryan O’Reilly. Eichel and O’Reilly give the Sabres a one-two punch at center that most teams envy.

Evander Kane is an extremely talented forward. He has yet to live up to his potential. He didn’t work out in Winnipeg. The Sabres decided to trade for him. He gives the Sabres a very talented scorer. They also have Matt Moulson, one of the better goal scorers in the league.

WEAKNESSES: Buffalo is very similar to Edmonton. They have a poor blue line. I like the Cody Franson. However, he’s not a guy who should be arguably your best defenseman. Robin Lehner is not a proven goaltender and they don’t have a real backup.

OUTLOOK: With Dan Bylsma behind the bench, the Sabres could make a playoff run if they can solve their blue line issues.

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