The Buffalo Sabres are sticking with development this season

The Buffalo Sabres are sticking with development this season

Overview:
11 years is a long time. It’s been 11 long years since the Buffalo Sabres made the playoffs, which is currently the longest active streak in the NHL. We have been through Eichel, multiple GM’s and coaches, and yet how much closer are the Sabres to playing meaningful summer hockey? Is there light at the end of the tunnel?
Stats from last year:
Atlantic Standing: 5/8
Points: 75 (24th)
CF%: 48.50% (20th)
GF%: 44.13 (28th)
PP%: 21.2% (16th)
PK%: 76.4% (23rd)
Other than the power play, these numbers all need to improve if Buffalo wants playoff hockey.
Internal Moves:
Tage Thompson got paid. 7 years, $50 million dollars. Victor Olofsson got a 2 year $9.5 million dollar extension. Both players will be relied upon heavily.
Player Moves:
Buffalo stayed relatively quiet this summer, but still addressed a couple of key areas. Eric Comrie was signed to a 2 year deal. Sometimes in hockey, the perfect contract emerges. It’s rare, but I believe this contract will be great for both parties. Buffalo gets a legitimate option to help Craig Anderson, and Comrie finally gets some stability. Peace of mind is priceless, particularly for NHL netminders. We could see the best Eric Comrie has to offer this season.
Buffalo also brought in Ilya Lyubushkin on a 2 year deal. He gets a pay in …

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Author: Bennett Jull / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors 2022-23 season preview: SF Justin Champagnie

Toronto Raptors 2022-23 season preview: SF Justin Champagnie

Based on how the franchise has performed over the years, it’s fair to say that the Toronto Raptors do a better-than-average job of finding talent in the undrafted free agent pool. Masai Ujiri’s scouting acumen proved golden once again after acquiring Justin Champagnie. While Champagnie averaged 18.0 points and 11.1 rebounds during his final year […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

TLN Prospect #4: Roni Hirvonen makes life difficult for his opponents

Roni Hirvonen is just 20 years old, he’s currently starring for Team Finland at the World Juniors, and yet he already has three seasons of professional hockey under his belt. Maturity has been the name of the game for Hirvonen since his draft year and is a major reason why he became a Liiga regular at just 17 years old.
Coming into the 2021-22 season, Hirvonen was looking to take the next step as a player. While he showed flashes in his DY+1 campaign, particularly at the 2021 World Juniors, he failed to take a notable step offensively and had somewhat stagnated in the Ässät system.
A move to HIFK and a full-time shift to the left wing was just what Roni Hirvonen needed to spark that uptick in performance, bumping him up two spots on the TLN Prospect Rankings and reinforcing the middle-six potential that made him a second-round pick in 2020.
Roni Hirvonen
LW | HIFK (Liiga) | Age: 20 | 5-foot-9 | 172 lbs | Shoots: LAcquired: 2020 Draft, 59th Overall | 2021 Ranking: #6
While beginning his Liiga career with Ässät was a benefit given the ice-time and opportunity to play at the professional level, it showed its negatives in Roni Hirvonen’s DY+1 season. Playing on a team that finished fourth from the bottom of the Liiga standing …

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Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation