Sabers Season Preview: Prospects to be Relied on During Al Shabab

The 2022-23 NHL season begins October 7. With training camps opening soon, NHL.com takes a look at the three keys, the inside scoop on roster questions, and the predicted lineup for each of the 32 teams. Today, the Buffalo Sabers.

Fitness Trainer: Don Granato (season 3)

Last season: 32-39-11; Fifth place in the Atlantic Division. Did not qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs

3 keys

1. Patience, patience, patience

Buffalo continues to preach patience ahead of the season. It’s a team that is more likely to make progress in developing its young players (and a team full of them) rather than strictly winning and losing. There is a lot to like about Buffalo’s future and the players that have been added. But for now, Sabers and coach Don Granato are working on teaching and development, focusing on long-term health and the future after missing the Stanley Cup playoffs in the past 11 seasons.

2. Pure Existence

The sword is based on a 41-year-old tandem Craig Anderson and 27 years old Eric Comry While they wait for the arrival of the best full-time goalkeeper Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen In the end Devon Levy. Anderson went 17-12-2 in 31 games last season with 3.12 goals against average and 897 goals. Comrie, who signed a two-year contract as an unrestricted free agent on July 13, went 10-5-1 with 2.58 GAA and 0.920 savings in 19 games (16 starts) for the Winnipeg Jets, a swordsman. We think it has a positive side. Luukkonen, 23, is 3-8-2 with a 3.08 GAA and 0.913 savings percentage in 13 NHL games, including nine with Buffalo last season.

3. Al-Shabab is on the move

Sabers have arguably the best potential pool in the NHL, with several players expected to break through in the next few seasons. If these players start thriving earlier than expected, than the defenders Owen Power straight ahead Jack Quinn And the JJ Petrka To Luukkonen, as well as young stars in the making as defenseman Rasmus Dahlen and the attackers Beton Crisps And the Dylan CousinsSabers can speed up their schedule and maybe even compete for the playoff berth. But it will not be easy in the difficult Atlantic League.

Roster Rondon

making the cut

Many Sabers will give every chance of getting the roster out of the training camp, which means there could be movement in the squad. Players like Power, the 19-year-old who was the first pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, Quinn, 20, and Peterka, 20, are on the cusp of joining and look likely to join a squad full of young talent. Goalie is another site where Sabers will give their prospects, and in particular Luukkonen, the opportunity to jump ahead of their veteran choice.

The most interesting addition

The force appears ready for a moment after two seasons at the University of Michigan. He joined Cypress at the end of last season and had three points (two goals, one pass) in eight games. He will be able to learn in all situations this season, with an eye on a very promising future as a defensive anchor. He also has the advantage of being able to watch and learn from Dahlin, another No. 1 pick (2018 NHL Draft) in defense.

The biggest possible surprise

Although Quinn was a higher pick than Peterka in the 2020 NHL Draft (#8 vs. #34), Peterka is probably better now. NHL Rochester assistant coach Michael Becca called Petrka a “unicorn” this summer for his unique talent and the kind of player he could become. Petrka emerges from a season in which he led all-rookies in the AHL by scoring 68 points (28 goals, 40 assists) in 70 games.

ready to hack

Cozens has 120 NHL games experience and has 51 points (17 goals, 34 assists) over two seasons. At the age of 21, Cozens had plenty of promise, which he displayed at the IIHF World Championships in May, where he was the third-best scorer with 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in 10 games for Canada. This may be his time to shine.

sleeping fantasy

Quinn, R.W. (not raised on average in fiction)– He was voted the AHL’s Rookie of the Year last season and finished third in points per game (1.36; 61 in 45 games for Rochester) among those who played at least 15 games, making him a fantasy rookie sleeper if he gets a top-six with the swords . – Pete Jensen

Expected line

Jeff SkinnerThompson’s crownVictor Olofsson

Beton Crisps – Casey MittelstadtAlex Touch

Rasmus Asplund – Dylan Cousins ​​- Jack Quinn

JJ Petrka – Zymjus JergensonKyle Okposu

Matthias Samuelsson – Rasmus Dahlen

Owen Power – Ilya Lyubushkin

Jacob BrysonHenry Jukiharjo

Craig Anderson

Eric Comry

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