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2017–18 Buffalo Sabres · NHL
Division 8th Atlantic
Conference 16th Eastern
2017–18 record 25–45–12
Home record 11–25–5
Road record 14–20–7
Goals for 199
Goals against 280
General Manager Jason Botterill
Coach Phil Housley
Captain Vacant
Alternate captains Zach Bogosian
Jack Eichel
Kyle Okposo
Ryan O'Reilly
Arena KeyBank Center
Team leaders
Goals Jack Eichel
Sam Reinhart (25)
Assists Jack Eichel (39)
Points Jack Eichel (64)
Penalties in minutes Jordan Nolan (69)
Wins Robin Lehner (14)
Goals against average Adam Wilcox (0.00)

The 2017–18 Buffalo Sabres season was the 48th season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on May 22, 1970.[1] The Sabres missed the playoffs again, finishing last in the division for the second straight year and last overall in the league.

StandingsEdit

Divisional standingsEdit

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Conference standingsEdit

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Off-seasonEdit

General manager Tim Murray and head coach Dan Bylsma were both fired at the end of the previous season. Two former Sabres players were hired in their places: Jason Botterill, at the time a front office executive with the Pittsburgh Penguins, was hired as general manager, while Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman Phil Housley, at the time defensive coordinator for the Nashville Predators, was named head coach.

The Sabres once again held a summer development camp during the second week of July. In contrast to the previous two seasons, no full Blue/White game was played; the four-team three-on-three tournament was reprised. Team White, led by 2017 first-round draft pick Casey Mittelstadt, won the tournament.[2] The team will host its third annual Prospects Challenge in September; the tournament will expand to four teams, with the Pittsburgh Penguins joining the returning Sabres, New Jersey Devils and Boston Bruins in the tournament.[3]

Schedule and resultsEdit

PreseasonEdit

The Sabres released their preseason schedule on June 19, 2017.[4]

Regular seasonEdit

The team's regular season schedule was published on June 22, 2017.[5]

2017–18 game log

Legend:       Win (2 points)       Loss (0 points)       Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)

Player statisticsEdit

As of the conclusion of the regular season.[6]

Skaters

Regular season
Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM
Eichel, JackJack Eichel 67 25 39 64 −25 32
O'Reilly, RyanRyan O'Reilly 81 24 37 61 −23 2
Reinhart, SamSam Reinhart 82 25 25 50 −24 26
Okposo, KyleKyle Okposo 76 15 29 44 −34 40
Kane, EvanderEvander Kane

|| 61 || 20 || 20 || 40 || −14 || 57

Ristolainen, RasmusRasmus Ristolainen 73 6 35 41 −25 48
Pominville, JasonJason Pominville 82 16 18 34 −17 8
Rodrigues, EvanEvan Rodrigues 48 7 18 25 −10 14
Scandella, MarcoMarco Scandella 79 5 17 22 −15 37
Pouliot, BenoitBenoit Pouliot 74 13 6 19 −8 22
Larsson, JohanJohan Larsson 80 4 13 17 −30 49
Girgensons, ZemgusZemgus Girgensons 71 7 8 15 −12 26
Wilson, ScottScott Wilson

|| 49 || 6 || 8 || 14 || −13 || 6

McCabe, JakeJake McCabe 53 3 9 12 −11 26
Antipin, ViktorViktor Antipin 47 0 10 10 −9 18
Beaulieu, NathanNathan Beaulieu 59 1 8 9 −19 36
Nelson, CaseyCasey Nelson 37 3 5 8 −8 8
Nolan, JordanJordan Nolan 66 4 4 8 −11 69
Baptiste, NicholasNicholas Baptiste 33 4 2 6 −3 14
Mittelstadt, CaseyCasey Mittelstadt 6 1 4 5 1 2
Guhle, BrendanBrendan Guhle 18 0 5 5 −2 8
Bailey, JustinJustin Bailey 12 3 1 4 −2 2
Josefson, JacobJacob Josefson 39 2 2 4 −4 6
Griffith, SethSeth Griffith 21 2 1 3 −6 6
Falk, JustinJustin Falk 44 1 1 2 −16 28
Gorges, JoshJosh Gorges 34 0 2 2 −5 15
Nylander, AlexanderAlexander Nylander 3 1 0 1 −3 0
Fedun, TaylorTaylor Fedun 7 0 1 1 −1 2
Bogosian, ZachZach Bogosian 18 0 1 1 −9 20
Tennyson, MattMatt Tennyson 15 0 0 0 −9 20
Redmond, ZachZach Redmond 3 0 0 0 1 2
Moulson, MattMatt Moulson 14 0 0 0 −9 2
Criscuolo, KyleKyle Criscuolo 9 0 0 0 −4 4
Fasching, HudsonHudson Fasching 5 0 0 0 −1 2
O'Regan, DannyDanny O'Regan

|| 2 || 0 || 0 || 0 || 1 || 0

Goaltenders
Regular season
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Lehner, RobinRobin Lehner 53 50 2,852:01 14 26 9 143 3.01 1,560 .908 3 0 0 2
Johnson, ChadChad Johnson 36 29 1,773:32 10 16 3 105 3.55 962 .891 0 0 0 0
Ullmark, LinusLinus Ullmark 5 3 240:18 1 2 0 8 2.00 123 .935 0 0 0 0
Wilcox, AdamAdam Wilcox 1 0 38:39 0 1 0 0 0.00 14 1.000 0 0 0 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining the Sabres. Stats reflect time with the Sabres only.
Denotes player was traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with the Sabres only.
Bold/italics denotes franchise record.

TransactionsEdit

The Sabres have been involved in the following transactions during the 2017–18 season.

TradesEdit

Date Details Ref
June 17, 2017 (2017-06-17) To Montreal Canadiens
3rd-round pick in 2017
To Buffalo Sabres
Nathan Beaulieu
[7]
June 21, 2017 (2017-06-21) To Vegas Golden Knights
6th-round pick in 2017
To Buffalo Sabres
Expansion draft considerations[a]
[8]
June 30, 2017 (2017-06-30) To Minnesota Wild
Tyler Ennis
Marcus Foligno
3rd-round pick in 2018
To Buffalo Sabres season
Jason Pominville
Marco Scandella
4th-round pick in 2018
[9]
October 4, 2017 (2017-10-04) To Montreal Canadiens
Nicolas Deslauriers
To Buffalo Sabres
Zach Redmond
[10]
December 4, 2017 (2017-12-04) To Detroit Red Wings
5th-round pick in 2019
To Buffalo Sabres
Scott Wilson
[11]
February 26, 2018 (2018-02-26) To San Jose Sharks
Evander Kane
To Buffalo Sabres
Danny O'Regan
Conditional 1st-round in 2019
Conditional 4th-round pick in 2020
[12]
June 14, 2018 (2018-06-14) To Arizona Coyotes
Hudson Fasching
To Buffalo Sabres
Rights to Brandon Hickey
Rights to Mike Sislo
[13]

Notes:

  1. The Vegas Golden Knights selected William Carrier in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft. The draft pick was exchanged so that the Golden Knights would not select Linus Ullmark.

Free agents acquiredEdit

Date Player Former team Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
Ref
July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01) Kyle Criscuolo Grand Rapids Griffins 2-year, $1.3 million [14]
July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01) Seth Griffith Toronto Maple Leafs 1-year, $650,000 [15]
July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01) Chad Johnson Arizona Coyotes 1-year, $2.5 million [16]
July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01) Jacob Josefson New Jersey Devils 1-year, $700,000 [17]
July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01) Kevin Porter Pittsburgh Penguins 2-year, $1.3 million [18]
July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01) Benoit Pouliot Edmonton Oilers 1-year, $1.15 million [19]
July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01) Matt Tennyson Carolina Hurricanes 2-year, $1.3 million [20]
July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01) Adam Wilcox Florida Panthers 1-year, $650,000 [21]
April 11, 2018 (2018-04-11) Andrew Oglevie University of Notre Dame 2-year, $1.85 million entry-level contract [22]
May 15, 2018 (2018-05-15) Lawrence Pilut HV71 2-year, $2.7 million entry-level contract [23]

Free agents lostEdit

Date Player New team Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
Ref
July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01) Mat Bodie Tampa Bay Lightning 1-year [24]
July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01) Erik Burgdoerfer Ottawa Senators 2-year, $1.3 million
July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01) Derek Grant Anaheim Ducks 1-year, $650,000
July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01) Dmitry Kulikov Winnipeg Jets 3-year [25]
July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01) Anders Nilsson Vancouver Canucks 2-year, $5 million
July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01) Cal O'Reilly Minnesota Wild 2-year, $1.4 million [26]
July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01) Cole Schneider New York Rangers 2-year, $1.3 million [27]
July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01) Jean Dupuy Toronto Marlies Unknown [28]
July 20, 2017 (2017-07-20) Justin Kea Florida Everblades 1-year [29]
October 18, 2017 (2017-10-18) Brian Gionta Team USA Through Olympics, $0 [30]
April 27, 2018 (2018-04-27) Jacob Josefson Djurgårdens IF 4-year [31]
June 13, 2018 (2018-06-13) Zach Redmond Rochester Americans 2-year [32]

Claimed via waiversEdit

Player Previous team Date Ref
Jordan Nolan Los Angeles Kings September 27, 2017 (2017-09-27) [33]

Lost via waiversEdit

Player New team Date Ref

Players releasedEdit

Date Player Via Ref

Lost via retirementEdit

Date Player Ref

Player signingsEdit

Date Player Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
Ref
June 26, 2017 (2017-06-26) Taylor Fedun 2-year, $1.3 million, two-way contract [34]
July 8, 2017 (2017-07-08) Johan Larsson 2-year, $2.95 million [35]
July 25, 2017 (2017-07-25) Robin Lehner 1-year, $4 million [36]
July 27, 2017 (2017-07-27) Evan Rodrigues 2-year, $1.3 million [37]
July 31, 2017 (2017-07-31) Nathan Beaulieu 2-year, $4.8 million [38]
August 17, 2017 (2017-08-17) Zemgus Girgensons 2-year, $3.2 million [39]
October 4, 2017 (2017-10-04) Jack Eichel 8-year, $80 million contract extension [40]
October 23, 2017 (2017-10-23) Cliff Pu 3-year, $2.775 million entry-level contract [41]
March 25, 2018 (2018-03-25) Will Borgen 3-year, $2.775 million entry-level contract [42]
March 26, 2018 (2018-03-26) Casey Mittelstadt 3-year, $4.475 million entry-level contract [43]
April 24, 2018 (2018-04-24) Victor Olofsson 2-year, $1.85 million entry-level contract [44]
May 2, 2018 (2018-05-02) Casey Nelson 2-year, $1.625 million contract extension [45]
May 23, 2018 (2018-05-23) Rasmus Asplund 3-year, $2.775 million entry-level contract [46]
June 14, 2018 (2018-06-14) Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen 3-year, $2.775 million entry-level contract [47]

Draft picksEdit

See also: List of Buffalo Sabres draft picks

Below are the Buffalo Sabres' selections at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, which was held on June 23 and 24, 2017 at the United Center in Chicago.

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 8 Casey Mittelstadt C Flag of the United States United States Green Bay Gamblers (USHL)
2 37 Marcus Davidsson C Flag of Sweden Sweden Djurgårdens IF (SHL)
2 541 Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen G Flag of Finland Finland HPK U20 (Jr. A SM-liiga)
3 892 Oskari Laaksonen D Flag of Finland Finland Ilves U20 (Jr. A SM-liiga)
4 99 Jacob Bryson D Flag of Canada Canada Providence College (Hockey East)
7 192 Linus Weissbach LW Flag of Sweden Sweden Tri-City Storm (USHL)

Draft notes:[48]

  1. The Minnesota Wild's second-round pick went to the Buffalo Sabres as the result of a trade on March 2, 2015 that sent Chris Stewart to Minnesota in exchange for this pick.[49]
  2. The Washington Capitals' third-round pick went to the Buffalo Sabres as the result of a trade on February 23, 2016 that sent Mike Weber to Washington in exchange for this pick.[50]

ReferencesEdit

  1. National Hockey League (2010). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book/2011. Triumph Books, 27. ISBN 978-1-60078-422-4. 
  2. http://buffalonews.com/2017/07/11/casey-mittelstadts-white-team-wins-development-camp-3-3-tournament/
  3. Hoppe, Bill. "Sabres prospect Marcus Davidsson wishes he attended NHL Draft", Buffalo Hockey Beat: Olean Times Herald, July 13, 2017. Retrieved on July 14, 2017. 
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  5. A deeper look at the Sabres' 2017-18 schedule (June 22, 2017). Retrieved on July 5, 2017.
  6. Buffalo Sabres Stats - 2017-2018. Retrieved on July 5, 2017.
  7. Sabres acquire defenseman Beaulieu (June 17, 2017). Retrieved on June 30, 2017.
  8. 2017 NHL expansion draft results: All the Golden Knights’ trades. SB Nation (June 21, 2017).
  9. Sabres acquire Scandella, Pominville from Wild (June 30, 2017). Retrieved on June 30, 2017.
  10. Sabres acquire Redmond from Montreal (October 4, 2017). Retrieved on October 5, 2017.
  11. Sabres acquire Scott Wilson (December 4, 2017). Retrieved on December 4, 2017.
  12. Sabres acquire O'Regan, picks from Sharks (February 26, 2018). Retrieved on February 27, 2018.
  13. Sabres acquire Hickey from Coyotes (June 15, 2018). Retrieved on June 14, 2018.
  14. Buffalo Sabres sign forward Kyle Criscuolo to two-way deal. sportsnet.ca. Retrieved on July 1, 2017.
  15. Sabres sign forward Seth Griffith to one-year contract. sportsnet.ca. Retrieved on July 1, 2017.
  16. Sabres sign goaltender Chad Johnson to one-year contract. sportsnet.ca. Retrieved on July 1, 2017.
  17. Sabres sign Josefson to 1-year deal. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 1, 2017.
  18. Buffalo Sabres sign forward Kevin Porter to two-way deal. sportsnet.ca. Retrieved on July 1, 2017.
  19. Benoit Pouliot signs one-year deal with Buffalo Sabres. sportsnet.ca. Retrieved on July 1, 2017.
  20. Sabres ink Matt Tennyson to two-year deal. sportsnet.ca. Retrieved on July 1, 2017.
  21. Buffalo Sabres sign goalie Adam Wilcox. sportsnet.ca. Retrieved on July 1, 2017.
  22. Sabres sign forward Andrew Oglevie (April 11, 2018). Retrieved on April 15, 2018.
  23. Sabres, Pilut agree to entry-level deal (May 15, 2018). Retrieved on May 16, 2018.
  24. Tampa Bay, Lightning (July 1, 2017). Lightning sign defenseman Mat Bodie to one-year, two-way contract. Tampa Bay Lightning. Retrieved on July 1, 2017.
  25. Jets sign Dmitry Kulikov. NHL.com (July 1, 2017). Retrieved on July 1, 2017.
  26. Wild Agrees to Terms with Forwards Ferraro, O'Reilly. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 1, 2017.
  27. Rangers Agree to Terms With Cole Schneider. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 1, 2017.
  28. Marlies Sign Jean Dupuy. marlies.ca. Retrieved on July 6, 2017.
  29. EVERBLADES SIGN FORWARD KEA. echl.com. Retrieved on July 22, 2017.
  30. Schlager, Brandon (October 18, 2017). A peak at Pyeongchang: USA Hockey announces roster for pre-Olympic tournament. The Sporting News. Retrieved on October 18, 2017.
  31. Jacob Josefson är klar för Djurgården (Swedish). difhockey.se. Retrieved on June 11, 2019.
  32. REDMOND RETURNS ON TWO-YEAR AHL CONTRACT. amerks.com. Retrieved on June 11, 2019.[dead link]
  33. "SABRES CLAIM NOLAN OFF WAIVERS", Buffalo Sabres PR, September 27, 2017. Retrieved on September 27, 2017. 
  34. Sabres, Taylor Fedun agree to two-year, two-way deal. sportsnet.ca. Retrieved on June 27, 2017.
  35. Sabres, Larsson agree to 2-year contract. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 9, 2017.
  36. Sabres sign Lehner to 1-year contract. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 26, 2017.
  37. Sabres sign Rodrigues to 2-year contract. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 30, 2017.
  38. Sabres, Beaulieu agree to 2-year contract. nhl.com. Retrieved on August 10, 2017.
  39. https://www.nhl.com/news/zemgus-girgensons-signs-two-year-contract-with-buffalo/c-290699472
  40. Sabres, Eichel agree to terms on extension (October 4, 2017). Retrieved on October 4, 2017.
  41. Sabres sign Pu to entry-level contract (October 23, 2017). Retrieved on October 24, 2017.
  42. Sabres sign Borgen to entry-level contract (March 25, 2018). Retrieved on March 25, 2018.
  43. Sabres, Mittelstadt agree to entry-level deal (March 26, 2018). Retrieved on March 26, 2018.
  44. Sabres sign Viktor Olofsson (April 24, 2018). Retrieved on April 25, 2018.
  45. Sabres sign Nelson to 2-year deal (May 2, 2018). Retrieved on May 3, 2018.
  46. Sabres sign Asplund to entry-level contract (May 23, 2018). Retrieved on May 23, 2018.
  47. Sabres ink Luukkonen to entry-level contract (June 14, 2018). Retrieved on June 15, 2018.
  48. 2017 NHL Entry Draft Pending Transactions Transactions. Pro Sports Transactions. Retrieved on June 1, 2017.
  49. Wild acquire Stewart from Sabres for 2017 pick (March 2, 2015). Retrieved on June 19, 2015.
  50. Sabres trade Weber to Caps for third rounder (February 23, 2016). Retrieved on February 23, 2016.
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