Thursday, April 14, 2022

How Buffalo Sabres can build a Contending Team by Draft

 The Buffalo Sabres may not be very good right now but if they draft right in the next couple of years, they should be a contender very soon. This is how the Buffalo Sabres should draft the next couple of years.

Before the 2022 Draft, two trades are made

Buffalo Sabres trade Victor Olofsson to the New Jersey Devils for Nolan Foote, Jesper Boqvist, 2023 2nd round pick.

The Devils get a proven goal scorer in Victor Olofsson, while the Sabres get a top prospect in Nolan Foote, Jesper Boqvist and a 2nd round pick.

Buffalo Sabres also trade Colin Miller, Cody Eakin, Vinnie Hinostroza to the Dallas Stars for Joel Kiviranta, 2022 5th round pick, 2023 6th round pick.

This is a win-win trade for both teams; Dallas gets some depth to fill out the roster while Buffalo add Joel Kiviranta and some draft picks.

2022 Draft

5-Danila Yurov

17-Tristan Luneau

30-Alexander Perevalov

37-Filip Bystedt

70-Aleksanteri Kaskimaki

101-Kasper Kulonummi

132-Dominik Rymon

144-Nicholas Moldenhauer

165-Kasper Larsen

The Buffalo Sabres improve their depth on the wing and on defense with the picks made in this draft.

Buffalo Sabres re-sign the following players:

Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen-2yrs/2.75M per

Jesper Boqvist-2yrs/1M per

Jacob Bryson-2yrs/900k per

Joel Kiviranta-2yrs/750k per

Dustin Tokarski-2yrs/750k per

Buffalo Sabres re-sign All Non-Roster RFAs

Buffalo Sabres sign the following players in Free Agency:

Joonas Korpisalo-3yrs/3.75M per

Mattias Janmark-2yrs/2M per

Troy Stetcher-2yrs/1.7M per

At the 2023 Trade Deadline, One major trade is made

Buffalo Sabres trade Zemgus Gergensons, and Anders Bjork to the Vancouver Canucks for 2023 4th round pick, and 2024 2nd round pick.

Girgensons and Bjork are expandable now with some of the young players coming up, so they are dealt for two draft picks.

The Buffalo Sabres finish the 2022-23 season with the 5th worst record, and end up with the 6th pick in the draft.

At the 2023 Draft, the Buffalo Sabres trade picks 37, 41, 55 to the Anaheim Ducks for picks 21, 63.

The Sabres also trade picks 101, 133 to the Tampa Bay Lightning for pick 94.

2023 Draft

6-Dalibor Dvorsky

9-Otto Stenberg

21-Kasper Halttunen

63-Dominik Petr

94-Oliver Moore

104-Noa Vali

The Sabres have a couple high-end forwards and a goaltender, who could be a big part of their future

Buffalo Sabres re-sign the following players:

Tage Thompson-4yrs/4M per

Dylan Cozens-2yrs/2.5M per

Rasmus Asplund-2yrs/1.6M per

Mattias Samuelsson-2yrs/1.3M per

Buffalo Sabres re-sign All Non-Roster RFAs

Buffalo Sabres sign the following free agents:

Artem Zub-4yrs/3.5M per

Teddy Blueger-4yrs/2.75M per

The Buffalo Sabres finish the 2023-24 season with the 9th worst record in the league and end up with the 10th pick in the draft

Buffalo Sabres buyout Jeff Skinner; the Buyout will cost the Sabres 2.44 Million in cap space until 2030.

At the 2024 draft, the Buffalo Sabres trade picks 41, 42 to the Toronto Maple Leafs for pick 26.

2024 Draft

10-Tuomas Suoniemi

26-Tanner Howe

73-Miguel Marques

Buffalo drafts three really good prospects who could be a huge part of the team in the future.

Buffalo Sabres re-sign the following players:

Rasmus Dahlin-8yrs/7.5M per

Owen Power-6yrs/6.5M per

Peyton Krebs-6yrs/4.75M per

Casey Mittelstedt-5yrs/4.5M per

Jack Quinn-3yrs/4M per

Ukko Pekka Luukkonen-3yrs/3.75M per

Mattias Janmark-2yrs/2.5M per

JJ Peterka-2yrs/1.5M per

Jesper Boqvist-2yrs/900k per

Buffalo Sabres re-sign All Non-Roster RFAs

By the 2024-25 season, the Buffalo Sabres have put together a contending team.

2024-25 Buffalo Sabres










Top Prospects: 

F:  D.Dvorsky, O.Stenberg, T.Suoniemi K.Halttunen, T.Howe, A.Perevalov, A.Kaskimaki, N.Moldenhauer, N.Foote

D: K.Kulonummi, K.Larsen

G: N.Vali

The Buffalo Sabres would probably need another year or so until they are truly ready to contend but when they do become contenders, expect many deep playoff runs in the future.

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