Amateur Scouting for the NHL is far from an exact science despite improvement in player rankings over the past decade. Technology continues significantly impact player evaluation across the board, providing access to talent outside of North America. If Pavel Datsyuk were draft eligible in 2018, he would be a top-three prospect. Potential first overall selection, Rasmus Dahlin, would have fallen through the cracks back in the 90’s. Scouting staffs have nearly unlimited access to upcoming talent and it continues to drive Central Scouting reports. The Draft Pick Even with advances in talent evaluation, did Nashville Predators’ GM, David Poile, expect the impact that Viktor ArvidssonRead More →

Another NHL Trade Deadline has come and gone leaving Buffalo Sabres’ fans with a bitter taste in their mouth. Last season, Tim Murray did nothing while Jason Botterill traded pending unrestricted free agent, Evander Kane. Embed from Getty Images And that was it. Not Josh Gorges, not Benoit Pouliot, not Jacob Josefson. People were expecting that Botterill would clean house of expiring contracts and under-performing talent. Many were under the impression that a higher-end prospect and a 2018 first round-pick (without conditions) would be traded for Kane. By 3pm EST, it did not happen. Players thought to be on the road out of Buffalo remainRead More →

When an NHL team is in last place in goals for (64) and has Jack Eichel, then that team has serious problems. Players earning serious dollars are underperforming, to make an understatement. Secondary scoring is…well there is not any on the Buffalo Sabres. On Monday, December 4, after the team continued to be miserable during a losing streak that included 3 straight games of no goals, GM Jason Botterill dropped the first shoe as he waived Matt Moulson (0 points in 14 games for $5 million AAV). As an attempt to bolster the bottom-six, Botterill traded for two-time Stanley Cup winner, Scott Wilson, with hopesRead More →

While Buffalo Sabres’ top center, Jack Eichel, was out with a high-ankle sprain for 21 games during the 2016-17 season, he had the opportunity to watch tons of hockey. Not just up in a suite or press box, but on television as well. In an interview, the now 21-year old was asked about a current player he watches or would model after. Of the Crosby’s and Ovechkin’s of the world, the budding star named another: Nikita Kucherov. As an offensively creative player, Eichel was impressed by the skills on display by the Tampa Bay winger en route to an 85-point season. It is easy toRead More →