BT’s 10 Bold 2010-11 NHL Predictions: The Buffalo Sabres

September 2nd, 2010 by Bryan Thiel Leave a reply »
The Buffalo Sabres have been an up-and-down team for a few years, but whenever they're down, they always seem to recover.

Of course everyone remembers those dynamic Chris Drury and Daniel Briere years, but when those two were signed away many wondered how Buffalo would recover. Could they get the team back to a competitive level? What would the response from the fans be to the losses of those two stars?

The Sabres were able to replace those stars with younger, high-ceiling options, they're top-10 in the league in attendance (and the 14th-biggest draw on the road), and having an All-World goalie certainly helps.

While everyone pays attention to the Pittsburghs and Washingtons, the Sabres should be a fun team to watch this year. They're also a fun team to make 10 bold (and not so bold) predictions about.


1. Someone scores 30 goals this year

Thomas Vanek had 28, Derek Roy 26, and Jason Pominville 24, but no one on Buffalo scored 30. The magic 3-0 may be an understatement however. Vanek has scored 40 twice in his career, and last year was his standard "down year" (having never scored 40 in consecutive seasons). Wh ...

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