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The playoffs were a long shot for the Sabres despite sweeping changes to the roster last season. They did improve though. Rookies Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart were as good as advertised and new addition Ryan O'Reilly can be the centerpiece until Eichel is ready to take over.
The Sabres keep playing hard, which should be extremely encouraging for Buffalo fans. They've won five of their last eight. It was a different story this time last year when Sabres fans were cheering losses amid the tank job.
The Sabres aren't phoning it in the rest of the season. They're fine with playing spoiler and trying to build some momentum for next season. They could be fascinating to watch over the summer as Tim Murray looks to build on his current roster.
When Sabres fans look back on this season, they'll probably remember it more as the year that rookies Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart each broke the 20-goal barrier rather than this as another season of disappointment. Patience is still required.
The best thing about this Sabres season so far is the continual growth of rookies Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart. Eichel is second in rookie scoring with 48 points, while Reinhart is on the verge of a 20-goal season.
This Sabres team still has some bite as they look to finish the season on a high note. Rookie Jack Eichel became the youngest Sabre in history to record a 20-goal season. Brighter days are ahead.
GM Tim Murray, unsurprisingly, wasn't very active ahead of the deadline. The Sabres are having another rough season, but unlike past years, they didn't have much to sell. Dealing Jamie McGinn and Mike Weber got them a little something for their troubles, but the focus remains on the future with the group they have.
Losing Ryan O'Reilly for the next month is a tough blow to the Sabres, but the season is basically over already anyway. The Sabres don't have much to sell at the deadline, but Tim Murray would be wise to see what kind of return he can get for some expendable players.
Just as the Sabres grabbed a couple of big wins in consecutive games, the good vibes took a backseat as forward Evander Kane was suspended for violating a team rule. Sabres rookies Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart ease the sting, though, as each has 17 goals this season.
The bad news is that the Sabres haven't been able to deliver on the preseason optimism for this team. The good news is, since returning from injury, Robin Lehner has a .943 save percentage through six appearances.
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BREAKING: Jack Eichel can play. The rookie sensation is delivering early, but an injury to starting goalie Robin Lehner is cause for concern. This is not the Sabres of the last two years, but they'll still have some ups and downs like they've had through three games.
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