Buffalo Sabres are the real deal with Krueger behind the bench

Ralph Krueger, Buffalo Sabres. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
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Jack Eichel, Buffalo Sabres. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

Young guns step up

Even the casual Sabres fan knows who Jack Eichel is the team captain and has done a great job of leading the top line. However it’s not just the first line that’s getting it done, players on every line are stepping up and serving their role with maximum effort.

Victor Olofsson, Jimmy Vesey, Sam Reinhart, and Evan Rodrigues have all stepped up at their forward positions; Jeff Skinner is still leading the way but these young skaters have started to grow into their own and finally are developing their individual identities as NHL players.

With their speed and ability to attack the net and put more shots on net, the Sabres have kept opponents on so far. They have created hesitation in how teams look to attack the puck against them because of the shots they’re taking and striking ability from all over the ice.

Jake McCabe, Rasmus Ristolainen, Rasmus Dahlin, and Henri Jokiharju have all showed that they can redirect the charge at the blue line and have the ability to clear the crease while changing from defense to offense seamlessly. Most recent Jokiharju has given the Sabres every reason possible to make sure that he stays at the top level.

He has above-average puck handling skills and his coach has unlocked a level of speed and all-out play that other coaches were waiting to see from him. Krueger challenged all of the players to show up in the best shape and condition possible and so far this young Sabres team has answered that call in entirety.