The Buffalo Sabres have had a very strong rebuilding process and the best out of all the rebuilding teams. I believe they are progressing faster than any of the other teams. They may have a chance at being competitive this upcoming season.
Of course, the biggest thing was drafting Jack Eichel, the best all-around forward in the draft. He is going to be the cornerstone of the franchise soon. While not as much of an offensive threat as Connor McDavid, he still has great offensive skills along with solid defense, rounding out his game.
A good acquisition they made was trading for Robin Lehner and David Legwand. Lerner will bring reliable goaltending to the team, and David Legwand gives veteran leadership and depth. With a group of young players, some veteran presence is always needed. Also great trades included the acquisitions of Ryan O’Reilly and Jamie McGinn. Ryan O’Reilly, while overpaid, is an upgrade to the weak offense this team had the past couple seasons. Jamie McGinn is also helpful offensively, scoring 19 goals and 19 assists in 79 games in 2013-2014.
In free agency, they signed Matt Donovan and Carlo Colaiacovo, two defensemen that will help bolster their blue line. They also acquired Bobby Sanguinetti for depth defensively. They signed depth forward Jason Akenson, somebody who has been a callup the past few seasons.
The Sabres had a very successful summer, and I feel they will be competitive this season. I do not think they are playoff bound, but they could surprise me. In a year or two, though, they are definitely a playoff team.