It was the low of all lows as far as seasons are concerned for the Buffalo Sabres.
The team traded away yet another captain in Steve Ott, along with Ryan Miller, Thomas Vanek and Matt Moulson, who the Sabres acquired in the Vanek deal.
Buffalo won just 21 games this season, which gave them the worst record in the NHL. However, the draft lottery ensured the Sabres would receive an insult to injury, as the Florida Panthers leapfrogged them to get the No. 1 pick in the draft.
What is particularly troubling about Buffalo's season is just how far they are from being considered a legitimate NHL franchise again. Take the teams that are left in the NHL playoffs this season for example. Buffalo had won just three games against the eight remaining teams in this season's playoffs. They earned two wins against Boston, while getting just one against the LA Kings. The rest of the teams that are still competing for a Stanley Cup swept their season series with Buffalo. What may be even more interesting is Buffalo has zero overtime losses against these teams.
The Sabres will need to do a lot of building in the coming drafts to become competitive in the NHL again. In a league where any team can win on a given night, the Sabres earned just six points against the remaining eight playoff teams. Clearly, the road to rebuilding this franchise will be a long one.
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