Dobber's offseason fantasy hockey grades – Buffalo Sabres
For the last 18 years (12 with The Hockey News)Dobber has reviewed each team from a fantasy-hockey standpoint and graded them.
The 19th annual review will appear here on DobberHockey throughout the summer. This is not a review of the likely performance on the ice or in the standings, but in the realm of fantasy hockey both for the season ahead as well as the foreseeable future. Offensively, will the team perform? Are there plenty of depth options worthy of owning in keeper leagues? What about over the next two or three years? These questions are what I take into consideration when looking at the depth chart and the player potential on that depth chart.
Gone – Linus Ullmark, Michael Houser, Jake McCabe, Matt Irwin, Carter Hutton, Jean-Seabastian Dea, Sam Reinhart, Rasmus Ristolainen, William Borgen, Tobias Rieder, Riley Sheahan
Incoming – John Hayden, Will Butcher, Aaron Dell, Jimmy Schuldt, Mark Pysyk, Vinne Hinostroza, Devon Levi, Robert Hagg
Impact of changes – We're still waiting on a Jack Eichel sized shoe to drop, but even before that, the roster looks barren. The changes saw almost everyone one value shipped out: Rasmus Ristolainen, Sam Reinhart… and yeah that's the list. A bunch of fringe NHLers were signed to fill the holes. This team is going to be worse than last year's team that went on a historic 18-game losing streak, and it might not even be close. Last year's team put up 2.4 goals per game, which was good for third-last in the league. It would be surprising if they weren't last this time around, and