The Buffalo Sabres have been drafting in the lottery for their ninth straight season, having been held out of the playoffs for that entire stretch of time. Fan frustration has been at an all-time high and new massive firings throughout the organizations hasn’t helped much. However, the team does have a number of options with the No. 8 overall pick in a deep upcoming draft.
The Buffalo News’ Mike Harrington feels that there is only one option to get the Sabres over the hump and back into the playoffs — trade the pick.
The scribe makes it clear that developing prospects takes time, often two years for a solid prospect, which is what they would be getting. Even then, you aren’t expected to get that much out of that player’s third year anyway. With that type of timetable and frustration of the team’s lack of success increasing, trading the pick for a ready-now talent would make quite a bit of sense. With the expected belief that the top 10 or 11 picks are expected to be top-level players at some point, the pick would be quite valuable to teams looking to rebuild. After all, who knows how long Jack Eichel will want to continue the team’s losing ways.
- The New York Rangers are expected to get back two forwards to their team for the upcoming 24-team tournament as Newsday’s Colin Stephenson writes that forwards Chris Kreider and Micheal Haley are both healthy and ready to return to action next month. Kreider broke his foot on Feb. 28, not long after signing a new seven-year, $45.5MM contract. He has been skating in small groups for the last few weeks at their training facility in Greenburgh. Haley, who had surgery to repair a torn abdominal muscle, is also expected to join the team for the tournament. He has been out since early February.
- There has been plenty of chatter around the coaching situation in New Jersey and while the Devils should be in no rush to hire a new head coach with the start of the 2020-21 season potentially not starting for six months, The Athletic’s Corey Masisak (subscription required) writes in his most recent mailbag that he wouldn’t be surprised if New Jersey hires a coach sooner than later. One reason for that is there are many voices suggesting that the seven non-playoff teams might get a chance to potentially play in a mini-tournament before the start of the 2020-21 season, and New Jersey would want their coach in place before any potential team gathering.