Ben Mathewson

October 2, 2018

The 2017/2018 Buffalo Sabres season was easily the most disappointing season I've experienced as a sports fan. I wasn't necessarily expecting a playoff team, but I certainly expected them to continue along their trajectory of being a low to mid 80 point team and if everything broke their way, maybe make some noise around the second wild card spot in the east. 

It only took the first weekend of the...

August 29, 2018

A common exercise among fans and sports writers alike in the month leading up to NHL training camps is to put together a projected lineup for their respective teams. While I too enjoy pretending to be the head coach in his office imagining different line combinations, ultimately it's a futile exercise given that actual NHL coaches frequently mix up their lines not long into and throughout the seas...

July 17, 2018

(Writers Note: Throughout the summer I will be diving into the systems Phil Housley and his coaching staff attempted implement with the Buffalo Sabres. A common narrative is that Housley attempted a system designed for a team with more skill than the 17/18 Buffalo Sabres had. Let's dive in to see what those systems actually were and try to figure out what, if anything, needs to be improved upon fr...

July 10, 2018

(Writers Note: Throughout the summer I will be diving into the systems Phil Housley and his coaching staff attempted implement with the Buffalo Sabres. A common narrative is that Housley attempted a system designed for a team with more skill than the 17/18 Buffalo Sabres had. Let's dive in to see what those systems actually were and try to figure out what, if anything, needs to be improved upon fr...

June 13, 2018

In the coming months it should be made official that Seattle will be awarded with a new NHL franchise, thus bringing the league to 32 teams. When that happens I think the league has a unique opportunity to overhaul their overall alignment and have some fun. With that said, here is my proposal for league alignment once Seatlle joins. 

What do the divisions / conferences look like?

I would copy the NF...

June 7, 2018

A consistent and totally reasonable request by Sabres fans this offseason is for the team to use a buyout on Zach Bogosian's contract. His buyout terms are so favorable to the team that it's essentially a no-brainer. However, I'm not sure it's as big a no-brainer as we think it is. 

Before we begin, let's take a look at Bogosian's buyout figures via CapFriendly.com.

Cap Friendly provides a...

June 5, 2018

In 2017 Sam Reinhart took the dreaded cold streak to a new level with his first half performance of 13 points in 40 games, leading many to question whether or not Reinhart was worthy of his second overall selection on the 2014 Entry Draft. I always felt those questions were premature given his age and supporting cast, but given the Sabres constant struggles, it was hard not to expect the worst.

Sur...

May 14, 2018

In 2017/2018 Jack Eichel had 39 assists, 23 primary and 16 secondary. In fact, his first 14 assists of the season were primary assists. I'm not totally sure what that means, but I found that peculiar. Following a similar format to my How Jack Eichel Scored His First 48 Goals piece from August 2017 (that you should all read), I decided to review each of Eichel's 23 primary assists to decipher how h...

May 5, 2018

The odds of Buffalo landing the best free agent to hit the market in recent memory are pretty slim. There are selling points in playing with players like Eichel, Dahlin, and Mittelstadt, but even if John Tavares has the best vision of what could be, convincing a player stuck in a mediocre at best situation through the first half of his career to join the first 31st place team in NHL history would...

April 10, 2018

Following his mildly alarming locker clean out press scrum, Ryan O'Reilly has been a hot topic on Sabres twitter. I can sympathize with his bouts of dissatisfaction even to the point of losing his love for the game at times. The last few years I've been coaching High School hockey and have had difficult goes of it to say the least. 

Following my first year as an assistant coach the head coach...

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