Jun. 17, 2019
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>RoyalBlueSabres</b></div><div>I mean I don't see it, actually I think losing asplund hurts playoff contention more than upgrading lybushkin or joki, with Weegar.
In the Atlantic Tampa will still be very good, florida might take a small step back but will be very good, I think Maple leafs are a wild card whether they improve or not, but they will still be top 3, Boston takes a step back but will still battle for 4th. I think Ottawa has the next most complete team but defense and goaltending still questionable. I don't think Detroit is going to be that much better from their signings but their young players should take a top forward. Then buffalo plugged some holes and are hoping their young players take some strides. Imo Power playing a full year helps l, I think asplund has a more productive year as will Cozens. My sleeper is Mittelstadt who can hopefully drive a successful 3rd line. And then Comrie hopefully provides good goaltending. But a lot has to go right. At best they fight for that 4th spot in the Atlantic, maybe 3rd if one of those teams get hurt and everything pans out buffalo's way. But I don't see how Weegar changes much</div></div>
Oh theres no way they move Asplund in a Weegar deal, it probably be Jokiharju, in which Weegar is an upgrade and solidifies the Sabres D as the clear front runner in the division
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>RoyalBlueSabres</b></div><div>I mean I don't see it, actually I think losing asplund hurts playoff contention more than upgrading lybushkin or joki, with Weegar. ...</div></div> Buffalo made some really good moves thus far this off season.
But losing Asplund and adding Weegar would not make them playoff team.
After watching the playoffs, Buffalo does not have the Star power of the other teams.
Presuming Boston cannot over come a bad start with McAvoy, Marchand and Grzelcyk expected to miss half of the season, Ottawa has made the moves that will allow them to jump over Buffalo.
Ottawa finished only two points behind the Sabres and added Talbot in goal, Giroux, and DeBrincat up front.
Who on Buffalo will drive a line as well as Giroux, Norris or Tkachuk can?
This not to say Buffalo could not make the playoffs, but there are a lot of <strong>IFS</strong> for it to happen.
Okposo, Skinner, Thompson, Olofsson, Tuch, Girgensons all need to match or exceed last year.
Mittelstadt, Cozens, Krebs all need to take that next step and demonstrate that they are ready to play a 200 foot game.
Dahlin needs to be a Norris finalist while Power and Quinn are Calder finalists.
Finally, Comrie has to have a career year.
One more item, no one can have a devastating injury.
Last season the opening line up included Bjork, Caggiula, Eakin, Hagg, Miller and Pysyk.
Replacing them with Quinn, Tuch, Krebs, Power, Lyubushkin, and Fitzgerald will certainly make the team significantly better.