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Farm Teams of Buffalo Sabres, All NHL Clubs to Be Loaded with Talent

September 18th, 2012 at 9:00 AM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

The AHL still won't be the NHL if and when NHL games start getting canceled, but it will still be one heck of league and should benefit from the work stoppage.

With the NHL now its third day of a lockout, the reality is that preseason games – slated to start next week – will probably not be played, and that regular season games – scheduled to begin Oct. 12 – will soon follow suit.

NHL teams are allowed to send any eligible players to the AHL for the length of the lockout. That will put some NHL All-Stars in the top-level minors for the near future.

For the Sabres alone, Cody Hodgson, Marcus Foligno, Luke Adam and Brayden McNabb are destined to start 2012-13 in the AHL. Featured across the AHL will be a Calder Trophy winner (Jeff Skinner, who was sent along with Justin Faulk by the Carolina Hurricanes to the Charlotte Checkers), a 30–goal scorer (Jordan Eberle, whom the Edmonton Oliers sent to Oklahoma City along with former first-overall pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins) and Stanley Cup champions (the Los Angeles Kings sent Slava Voynov and Jordan Nolan to the Manchester Monarchs).

One would think this would be a boon to the AHL. Rob Crean, director of PR for the Amerks, told Sabres 101 the end result is unknown:

"At this point, it's really too early to speculate how the lockout will affect ticket sales."

He also said there have been no talks about moving any Amerks game to Buffalo's First Niagara Center, which would likely draw a good draw should the Sabres stay on ice.

NHL officials said no labor talks are slated to take place, and none will convene until at least Wednesday.

Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Sabres, Hockey, NHL

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