Ben Mathewson

February 26, 2018

Last week I wrote a short post demonstrating some of the promising signs that Casey Nelson has been showing and it got some love across Twitter, so I figure, why not go back to the well for that sweet sweet online clout?

A player that has stood out to me in recent weeks is Evan Rodrigues, so I went back and watched every shift from their game in Detroit on February 22nd and recorded...

February 20, 2018

The Sabres game on Saturday against the Kings was another in a long string of disappointing performances from a bad hockey team that was supposed to be not bad this year. Even worse it feels like there isn't much to be hopeful for beyond Eichel, Mittelstadt and maybe a player or two in Rochester like Brendan Guhle and CJ Smith. Yes Victor Olofsson is having a great year in the SHL, but I'd be wary...

January 26, 2018

Despite his recent cold streak, Evander Kane remains the top guaranteed trade piece available at the deadline this year. If the Rangers were smart they would ship out soon to be UFA Rick Nash and start restocking the cupboard for the inevitable rebuild to come in the next few years, but I'm not expecting them to do the smart thing. 

There have been reports that Jason Botterill is asking for 4...

January 12, 2018

Would you like to feel worse about the team that already makes you sad? If so, then have I got a new weekly feature for you. The Sabres are bad and uninteresting again so it's been difficult to work up the desire to spend time writing about them like I had hoped to this season. 

But one thing I still really enjoy is going over game tape and reviewing what happened on different plays, so that's...

October 7, 2017

The season opener for the Sabres under new head coach Phil Housley was an encouraging first impression. There certainly were mistakes that need fixing as the team adapts to new players, a new coach, and a new system, but the overall look and feel of the team on the ice seemed like a nice preview of things to come. The defense was free to activate in the offensive zone and join the rush, the forwar...

October 2, 2017

This may come off as more plea than preview, but bear with me for a minute. 

With the 2017-2018 NHL season about to begin I'm finding it difficult to decide on how I feel about the upcoming season for the Sabres. The easy position is "cautiously optimistic." It's not that it's necessarily wrong to feel that way, in fact it's completely reasonable to insulate yourself from what often feels like inev...

August 31, 2017

Despite playing on underachieving Sabres teams and missing 21 games at the start of his 2nd season in the NHL, Jack Eichel has already demonstrated that he can be an elite player in the NHL. Jack fell just short of a point per game pace in 2016/2017 while dealing with the difficult recovery following the high ankle sprain injury he sustained the day before opening night.

Even with these e...

August 30, 2017

Editors Note: 2 GIFs below are embedded from @TheChargingBUF. We highly recommend you follow them and check the work they are doing over at thechargingbuffalo.net

Off the top here I think it's important to establish that making great plays in the U18 Tournament and World Junior Summer Showcase does not automatically mean you will become an NHL superstar. There are countless examples of players...

July 20, 2017

Of the many flaws in Dan Bylsma's system while serving as head coach of the Buffalo Sabres, one of the more glaring issues was his apparent risk-averse approach to the way he had his defenseman play at their D-zone blue line as their opponent attacked with the puck. As I'll demonstrate in the video below, on almost every zone entry attempt by the opponent the Buffalo D-corps would concede entry at...

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