BUFFALO, N.Y. - 2 On Your Side's Adam Benigni and Ben Hayes breakdown the Sabres season and look ahead to the changes that need to be made for next year.
The Sabres missed the playoffs for the third time in the last five seasons. Buffalo finished with 89 points, in 9th place in the Eastern Conference, three points behind 8th place Ottawa.
Buffalo struggled to find consistency on offense scoring just 218 goals, their lowest total since the lockout. Captain Jason Pominville led the Sabres in points (73), goals (30) and assists (43). While his numbers improved, Pominville was one of just three Sabre players to improve statistically from last season.
Injuries played a major role with the team losing 329 man games to injury this season. However, eight teams had a higher total including Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Vancouver who all made the playoffs.
The Sabres did not get a lot of production from their high priced additions. Brad Boyes who came over in a trade last year scored just eight goals, the same total as big free agent addition Ville Leino. On defense Robyn Regehr had an up and down season, while Christian Ehrhoff developed into a critical player on the Sabres blue line. In total the four players combined for 22 goals, 85 points, and were a minus 14 this season.
In the roundtable video above, Adam and Ben address these issues and give there opinions on what changes the Sabres should look to make this offseason.