The Buffalo Sabres finished at the bottom of the National Hockey League standings, and, as a result, were rewarded with the No. 2 overall pick in the upcoming draft after Tuesday’s lottery.
It’s not the first overall selection, which now belongs to the Florida Panthers, but getting to select from the top crop of prospects is something to look forward for the Sabres and rookie general manager Tim Murray. The 2013-14 season was a difficult one to digest for fans of the Sabres and those involved with the team, which finished with a 21-51-10 record.
It was also a record-breaking season, as the Sabres scored 150 non-shootout goals, a new record low in the post-expansion era, as reported by PHT’s Joe Yerdon.
“A lot of nights it was hard to watch,” said Murray, as per The Associated Press. “A lot of nights we competed hard and just didn’t have enough talent to put us over the top. But other nights, it wasn’t pretty.”
Murray also said earlier in the day that Ville Leino is a “very good possibility” to receive a compliance buyout this off-season.
You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.
We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.
“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.
These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.
Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.
It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.
With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.
It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.
Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:
It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).
As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.
Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:
This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.
Update: Bullet dodged?