A recent analysis found the Buffalo Sabres to have among the best caches of prospects in the National Hockey League.
Hockey Prospectus rated Buffalo's prospects as the third-best collection of young players in the league. The rankings include players with minimal NHL experience who are 26 or younger, and they take into account the quality of top prospects and depth.
"Mikhail Grigorenko is just one game away from losing prospect eligibility, and although his inclusion played a notable part in this high ranking, Buffalo has built a very strong system behind the 12th overall selection in 2012," the publication said. "Their draft class in 2013 was exceptional, they acquired forward Johan Larsson from Minnesota in the Jason Pominville trade, and defenders Jake McCabe and Mark Pysyk had good years."
This does not even mention forwards Zemgus Girgensons and Joel Armia, top draft picks from 2012 and 2011, respectively, who should compete for NHL-level jobs in 2013-14. And 2013 first-rounder Rasmus Ristolainen is also expected to compete for an NHL job at age 18 this coming season on the blueline. Brian Flynn, meanwhile, seemingly has already earned an NHL job next season. In his first full professional season in 2012-13, he earned a midseason call-up from the Rochester Americans and had six goals in 26 NHL games.
Topping the Sabres were the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Islanders.Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Sabres, Hockey, Joel Armia, Mikhail Grigorenko, NHL, Rasmus Ristolainen, Zemgus Girgensons