NHL Power Rankings: Pre-Training Camp Edition

By Matt Barbato
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Jun 26, 2015; Sunrise, FL, USA; Jack Eichel puts on a team cap after being selected as the number two overall pick to the Buffalo Sabres in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

25. Buffalo Sabres

The league’s worst team a year ago gets a jolt to the franchise in Jack Eichel, the consolation prize in the Connor McDavid sweepstakes. They also hired a new head coach in former Penguins coach Dan Bylsma.

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It’s been an interesting last few months for the Sabres, who tanked at the end of the regular season only to get the second overall pick in the draft lottery. The rebuild has included bringing in Evander Kane, Ryan O’Reilly and plenty of others.

The question for Buffalo is in net, as Robin Lehner was unimpressive in 25 games between the pipes. The fifth-year pro comes from Ottawa, where he was pushed out by Craig Anderson and Andrew Hammond. Lehner will have to improve upon his 3.02 goals-against average and .905 save percentage in his first season with Buffalo.

The Sabres may not be a playoff contender yet, but the arrow is pointing upward with a slew of new talent arriving.

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