Bring on the Chaos: The Buffalo Sabres Are Good

Glenn Kaplan

A lot of people anticipated that the Buffalo Sabres were going to be another extremely bad hockey team this season. Buffalo has been one of the most surprising teams to start the 2021-2022 regular season. The Sabres dominated the Tampa Bay Lightning at home on Monday night by a final score of 5-1.

Buffalo has a lot of young players that are trying to prove to themselves that they belong in the NHL. The Sabres are currently in second place in the Atlantic Division with a 4-1-1 record with nine points so far this season. They are three points behind the best team in the NHL, the Florida Panthers (6-0-0 record with 12 points).

Dan Granto is in his first full season as head coach. They don’t have Jack Eichel around and he was placed on long-term IR because of a neck injury. There was a ton of dysfunction inside the organization with him. Maybe Eichel was the problem all along because the Buffalo Sabres are winning games early. They stripped Jack Eichel of his captaincy before the season began. General manager Kevyn Adams made this decision.

This was probably the best decision they have made yet. Buffalo does not have any superstars on the roster. The Sabres are just a hockey team that is trying to play together as a cohesive unit and looking to make a name for themselves. Buffalo is trying to put its name back on the map.

They have not been a playoff team since 2010-2011. It has been an embarrassment that the Buffalo Sabres have been bad recently and I want to see Buffalo good again. Them being good early on in the season is a very good thing and it ensues chaos. I am rooting for Buffalo to be a very good hockey team. It would be an amazing feat for the NHL to see them in the 2021-2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Buffalo Sabres does have a very loyal fanbase despite very low attendance so far this season. Buffalo has been great with TV ratings for a very long time also.

Victor Olofsson leads the team with six points (four goals, two assists, plus/minus rating of plus 2.)

Craig Anderson is appearing to turn back the clock with Buffalo. In four games so far this season, his record is 3-1 with a 1.76 GAA and a .944 save percentage. Anderson is playing like he was back in the 2016-2017 season with the Ottawa Senators.

Dustin Tokarski is the backup goalie here.

Some of the other key players on the Buffalo Sabres roster: Jeff Skinner, Dylan Cozens, Zemgus Girgensons, Kyle Okposo, and Tage Thompson. Buffalo traded away defenseman Rasmus Ristolanen in the offseason to the Philadelphia Flyers. It looked like it is going to be a very good move for them in the long run.

Seeing the Buffalo Sabres off to a very good start to the 2021-2022 regular season is a great sign for them. It is a very young hockey team that is looking for an identity in order to gain success for the immediate future in the NHL.

-Glenn Kaplan, 12oz Sports Contributor, Live Monday’s at 3 p.m. ET & Thursday at 11 a.m. ET on 12oz Sports

Photo Credit: Twitter @BuffaloSabres

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