Atlantic Review: Buffalo will live and die on the word “if”

Welcome to The Leafs Nation’s 2019 Atlantic Review in which we take a team-by-team look at the other seven teams in the Atlantic Division. Today, we have the worst NHL team of the decade, the Buffalo Sabres. 

The Buffalo Sabres are looking for a fresh start as the world enters the 2020s. The 2010s, uh, were not kind to this organization.
They made the playoffs in 2010 and 2011 but got bounced in the first round. Since then, though, it’s been a disaster in Buffalo. The Sabres have won just 230 of their 622 games during an eight-season playoff drought and they’ve finished in the bottom five in the league five times in that span. Calling them Oilers East would be rude to Edmonton.
Despite year after year of futility, the Sabres shockingly don’t have that much to show for their struggles. Jack Eichel was a great consolation prize to missing out on Connor McDavid in 2015, Sam Reinhart is finally looking like a No. 2 overall pick, and Rasmus Dahlin is probably the best young blueliner in hockey, but the Sabres have made a lot of mistakes over the years to bog things down.
They had two first-round picks in the incredibly …

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Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation

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