2018-19 Sabres outlook and bold predictions

October 04, 2018 - 10:39 am

The 2018-19 campaign for the Buffalo Sabres gets started on Thursday with their season opener against the Boston Bruins at KeyBank Center.

The Sabres are looking to bounce back from last season after the team finished in 31st place with a 25-45-12 record and just 62 points.

General manager Jason Botterill was busy this offseason as he turned over several pieces with the hopes of becoming a faster and more skilled team to compete with the rest of the league.

That all started on April 28 when the Sabres won the luck of the draw and won the NHL Draft Lottery. With the first overall pick on June 22, the Sabres selected cornerstone phenom defenseman Rasmus Dahlin.

From there, Botterill went to work on the trade market, acquiring assets like Conor Sheary, Patrik Berglund, Vladimir Sobotka, Tage Thompson and Jeff Skinner to overhaul the offense. On the free agency market, the Sabres shored up their goaltending with Carter Hutton coming in to start the season as Linus Ullmark get comfortable in his own skin at the NHL level.

As the Sabres get set to take the ice for the first time, the starting lineup will likely feature 10 new players from the first game of the 2017-18 season against the Montreal Canadiens. In addition to the new players acquired this offseason, the Sabres will likely have 2017 first round pick Casey Mittelstadt in the fold after playing the last six games of season and scoring a goal and four assists. Casey Nelson is also likely to play on the blue line after starting last season in Rochester.

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