NHL Season Preview 2016-17: Buffalo Sabres

How much will the Buffalo Sabres improve in 2016-17?

The 2015-16 season was a productive one for the Buffalo Sabres. They found a new leader in Ryan O’Reilly and their young players made impressive strides in their development. Head coach Dan Bylsma helped the team improve from 54 points to 81 points.

After trading defenseman Mark Pysyk to the Florida Panthers for Dmitry Kulikov, the Sabres could be ready to contend for a playoff spot in a relatively weak Atlantic Division. However, they will need their young players to grow in order to do so.

Offseason Review

Here’s what the Sabres did this offseason.

Additions: D Dmitry Kulikov (Panthers), F Kyle Okposo (Islanders), G Anders Nilsson (Blues)

Losses: G Chad Johnson (Flames), D Mark Pysyk (Panthers)

RetainedD Jake McCabe, F Marcus Foligno, C Zemgus Girgensons

Pending: D Rasmus Ristolainen