SIGNINGS BEFORE DRAFT
Sam Reinhart - Signs a 4 year deal @ $5 million average per season. Giving Reinhart a four year deal still gives us his RFA rights when the contract expires. I might be off by a year, if I am just knock off a year.
Scott Wilson - Signs a two year deal @ $1.25 million average per season. Gave him an obvious raise. Should be bouncing around the bottom six somewhere all year. If he’s in the top six again then there’s something wrong.
CJ Smith - Signs a two year deal @ $1.2 million average per season. Could end up being a very positive offensive influence on the big club.
Danny O'Regan - Signs a two year deal @ $.750k average per season. Hopefully we get something out of this guy. Could be a decent 4th line player.
Sean Malone - Signs a two year deal @ $.750k average per season. Could see Sean on the fourth line next year. But more than likely I think it’ll be Rochester for him for most of next season.
Colin Blackwell - Signs a two year @ $.760k average per season. Could workout out for the big club but definitely will work for the Amerks.
Seth Griffith - Signs a one year deal @ $.850k average per season. Pretty good AHL talent.
Buffalo Sabres trade Kyle Okposo, 32nd overall pick, Zemgus Girgensons and the rights to Nicholas Baptiste to the Arizona Coyotes for the 55th overall pick and Cam Dineen.
Note: We get rid of the entirety of Okposo’s contract. He will still have a few good seasons but he’s definitely going down at the midpoint of his contract. I don’t think we’d be able to pull Okposo’s contract off with an eventual $10+ million coming to Dahlin in 3 seasons time. We also get a decent defensive prospect in Dineen.
Loved T McGee’s suggestion a couple days ago about landing both Burakovsky and Grubauer in the same trade, made a little alteration though. Hopefully you don’t mind Mr. McGee. Buffalo Sabres trade 2019 second round draft pick, Johan Larsson, Jake McCabe and the rights to Justin Bailey to the Washington Capitals for André Burakovsky and the rights to Philipp Grubauer.
Note: Get a goalie who can have a healthy competition with Linus Ullmark and possibly teach him a thing or two;). Plus he’s young enough to actually become a bonafide starter in this league. We also get another scoring winger for Eichel. I have also signed Grubauer to a 3 year contract @ $3.2 million a year.
Buffalo Sabres trade Nathan Beaulieu, Robin Lehner, 3rd rounder in the 2020 season’s draft, a 4th rounder in 2021 draft, the rights to Hudson Fasching to the New York Islanders for the 43rd overall selection in this season’s draft and Josh Ho Sang.
Note: We get another second rounder and we buy reasonably low on Ho Sang.
2018 SABRES DRAFT CLASS
1. Rasmus Dahlin LHD/RHD
Scouting Report: BEAST
43. Jonathan Tychonick LHD
Scouting Report: Great skater, fast going both ways, needs to add more bulk, his size gives him trouble against bigger players (although even with his size he still plays a fairly physical game), will be a good PP QB at the NHL level. Wanted Jack Drury here but I believe uncle Chris will take him with their first second rounder.
55. Jesse Ylonen RW
Scouting Report: Very good skater, reaches top speeds in just a couple of strides, great stick handler, strong and accurate wrist shot, good passer, needs to add bulk, definitely needs to work on his defense.
94. Nando Eggenberger LW
Scouting Report: Hard to knock off the puck, versatile enough to play in basically every situation, has great positioning at both ends of the ice, good skater but not the greatest stride, has a great shot. Hoping he can fall a bit.
117. Karel Plasek C/LW/RW
Scouting Report: Plays all forward positions well, good on face offs, can play in every situation, fast skater, would be a great add to our growing offense.
125. Ivan Morozov C/RW
Scouting Report: Plays well in all three zones, great playmaker, vision is good, good face off man, relentless attacker on the PK, very fast, agile and deceptive. Also plays the RW.
156. Wyatte Wylie RHD
Scouting Report: Good offensive defenseman, likes to shoot a lot, good PP QB, good skater, definitely needs to work on his defense.
187. Jordan Harris LHD
Scouting Report: A little small although he still plays with an edge, decent speed, not a great stride, not very flashy just does his job. Committed to Northeastern University I believe.
Buffalo Sabres sign Michael Grabner to a 3 year deal @ $3.7 million average per season.
Note: Adding a fast scoring winger. This signing will give the wingers in the pipeline some more time to develop in the bottom six or the AHL. Also gives Eichel a reasonable threat that can keep up with him.
Buffalo Sabres sign Jay Beagle to a 2 year deal @ $2.2 million average per season.
Note: Adding a defensive centre who currently is in the Stanley Cup final. Will be a great add to that fourth line. Will definitely help keep the pucks out of the net.
Buffalo Sabres sign Calvin de Haan to a 5 year deal @ $4.6 million average per season.
Note: Adding a very reliable defenseman to our top four. I’d slot him in on Dahlin’s left side. Very underrated defenseman. This gives Guhle sheltered minutes on the 3rd pairing thus some appropriate time to develop at the NHL level.
Buffalo Sabres sign Hari Sateri to a 2 year deal @ $.870k average per season.
Note: This signing is mainly for the Amerks but this also gives us a good goalie to call up for when or if one of our top two goalies goes down on the big club.
André Burakovsky - Jack Eichel - Michael Grabner
Alex Nylander - Ryan O’Reilly - Sam Reinhart
CJ Smith - Casey Mittelstadt - Evan Rodrigues
Scott Wilson - Jay Beagle - Jason Pominville
Extras can be various call ups.
Marcus Scandella - Rasmus Ristolainen
Calvin de Haan - Rasmus Dahlin
Brendan Guhle - Zach Bogosian
Lawrence Pilut - Casey Nelson
2018/2019 Season Outlook
For me the 2018 off season was mainly an offseason to set up our future prospects for success the following season but also get some necessary pieces in place for some success in the upcoming season and beyond.
I did trade away the three musketeers. Baptiste is honestly the only one I think had top six potential. Wasn’t very high on either Bailey or Fasching. Although I do believe Bailey will be a decent bottom six player.
I’d keep ROR for this upcoming season but wouldn’t mind trading him the following season. This will help Casey Mittelstadt get ready for number two centre duties the following season.
Signing de Haan would give us the opportunity to trade Marcus Scandella at next season’s trade deadline.
With ROR, Pominville, Moulson and Scandella coming off our books the following year it would get rid of around $21 million in salary.
Anyways, that was my main plan. Hope everyone enjoyed. Thanks for the comments.