2015-16 Fantasy Outlook for the Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs
While many teams continue to battle for the Stanley Cup, more than half of the league has been eliminated and is in the offseason. Even though each team will undergo many changes this summer, we can still look at their rosters and get an indication of things to come next year. Today we will cover the two bottom-feeders of the Eastern Conference: Buffalo and Toronto.
The Sabres iced an awful roster for the 2014-15 campaign and, as expected, finished with the league's worst point total at 54 points. This result gave the Sabres the best odds of winning the NHL draft lottery to land generational prospect Connor McDavid. Worst case, they would slide down one spot to draft center Jack Eichel, who could be the top prospect in many other draft classes. In the end, the Edmonton Oilers won the lottery so the Sabres will have to settle for the consolation prize in Eichel.
Considering that the Sabres ended the year with Johan Larsson and Phil Varone as their top two centers, it is easy to see that the addition of Eichel to the lineup will make the team much better overnight. Add in the return of former first-round pick Zemgus Girgensons from injury, as well as the potential graduation of last year's second-overall pick Sam Reinhart, and the Sabres suddenly have a major upgrade to their lineup in terms of talent.