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Marcus Johansson has agreed to a two-year, $9 million contract with the Buffalo Sabres. (Source: David Amber on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The 28-year-old Johansson has only managed to play in 87 games over the past two seasons combined due to concussion issues. But after being acquired by the Boston Bruins from New Jersey at last season's trade deadline, he proved he still had the ability to produce in a middle-six role, putting up 11 points in the playoffs on a run to the finals. Johansson produced 58 points in his last full season back in 2016-17, but the 40 point mark is probably a more reasonable expectation for Johansson if he can maintain his health with the Sabres.

Category: Transactions


New Sabres head coach Ralph Krueger claims he has been in contact with Jeff Skinner and is confident that they will come to terms on a new deal at some point this offseason. (Source: Buffalo News)

Fantasy Impact: Skinner finished the 2018-19 campaign with 40 goals and 23 assists during his first season in Buffalo. If he is to eventually resign, he will most definitely be one of their important pieces to build around as the Sabres look to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2011.

Category: Rumors


Jack Eichel recorded a pair of assists in a win against the Islanders.

Fantasy Impact: Eichel's two assists brought him up to 43 assists and 61 points on the season. He's easily having a career year for the Sabres.

Category: Game Recaps


Carter Hutton struggled on Friday, letting in four goals on 30 shots in a 4-3 defeat.

Fantasy Impact: With the loss, Hutton fell to 14-13-3 on the season. One of the goals was fluky, but Hutton wasn't on his best game. He came into the season with a chance to be Buffalo's top goaltender all year, but that may be starting to change. Linus Ullmark has been very good for the Sabres, and has already challenged Hutton for starts. It may be a good idea to roster both of them as they will likely start splitting duties more often.

Category: Game Recaps


Rasmus Ristolainen got his 21st assist of the season on Jack Eichel’s second period power play goal in the Sabres 4-1 loss to the Blues on Thursday night.

Fantasy Impact: Rasmus Ristolainen seems to have taken his game to the next level this season. While Ristolainen has been a very good defenseman over the past 3 years scoring 40 points or more each season he looks to be on the verge of doing even better this season. Ristolainen has 4 goals and 21 assists through 38 games which equates to him breaking the 50 point barrier potentially. Either way Ristolainen is a very good defenseman and should be owned in all fantasy format.

Category: Game Recaps


Sam Reinhart grabbed his 29th assist of the season on Jack Eichel’s power play goal in the second period of the Sabres 4–1 loss to the Blues on Thursday night.

Fantasy Impact: Sam Reinhart is keeping up his career season scoring pace. Reinhart got his 29th assist on Thursday to go with 8 goals through 38 games for just a hair under a point-per-game. At this point Reinhart should easily beat his career high of 50 points. Reinhart is a must own and start in any fantasy format.

Category: Game Recaps


Linus Ullmark turned in a magnificent performance by stopping 40 of 40 shots in the Sabres 3-0 win over the Ducks on Saturday night. With the win Ullmark is 8-1-3 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Linus Ullmark has been rock solid as a backup to Carter Hutton this season. Ullmark is making a strong case for being a starter in the future. Ullmark is 8-1-3 with a 2.71 GAA and a .922 save percentage. Ullmark only has value as a handcuff for Hutton in deeper leagues and in dynasty/keeper leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


Rasmus Dahlin scored his 4th goal of the season on a first period power play in the Sabres 3-0 win over Anaheim on Saturday night.

Fantasy Impact: Rasmus Dahlin has been everything that he was expected to be as the first overall pick and possibly more at this point. Rasmus Dahlin has integrated himself nicely into the Sabres offense and first power play unit. Dahlin has 4 goals and 16 assists in 37 games this season. Dahlin should keep getting better as the season wears on. Dahlin is a must own in all fantasy formats especially dynasty/keeper leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


Tage Thompson got his 3rd assist of the season on Johan Larsson’s third period goal in a 2-1 Sabres loss to the Capitals on Friday night.

Fantasy Impact: Tage Thompson got his first point in 9 games to give him 4 goals and 3 assists through 29 games. Thompson has no value playing on the Sabres fourth line and getting no power play time.

Category: Game Recaps


Johan Larsson scored his 3rd goal of the season in the third period of the Sabres 2-1 loss to the Capitals on Friday night.

Fantasy Impact: Johan Larsson now has 3 goals and 2 assists on the season through 30 games. Larsson has no fantasy value.

Category: Game Recaps


Evan Rodrigues scored his 2nd goal of the season in the third period of the Sabres 3-1 win over the Coyotes on Thursday night.

Fantasy Impact: Evan Rodrigues on the right line has potential but he is currently on the Sabres 4th even strength line but at least gets power play action. Rodrigues has 2 goals and 8 assists in 26 games. Unless Rodrigues gets a better pairing his value is restricted to only the deepest of fantasy leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


Conor Sheary got his 7th assist of the season on Casey Mittelstadt’s first period goal in the Sabres 3-1 win over the Coyotes on Thursday night.

Fantasy Impact: Conor Sheary is in the black hole of scoring that exists outside of the Sabres first line. Sheary is on the second even strength line with Casey Mittelstadt and Kyle Okposo. Sheary is also on the second power play unit. Sheary has 6 goals and 7 assists through 28 games. Numbers that are good enough for deeper fantasy leagues only.

Category: Game Recaps


Casey Mittelstadt scored his 5th goal of the season in the first period of the Sabres 3–1 win over the Coyotes on Thursday night.

Fantasy Impact: Casey Mittelstadt scored for the first time in 5 games. Mittelstadt has had an inconsistent season so far with 5 goals and 5 assists through 32 games. Mittelstadt is a first round pick that wetted the appetite of Sabres fans with 5 points in 6 games in his first taste of NHL action last year. The 20 year old out of the University of Minnesota should be a viable player in the long run but this being his first full season it should come up with the ups and downs that come with adjusting to the NHL. Mittelstadt should be only be owned in keeper/dynasty leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


Lawrence Pilut got an assist on Johan Larsson’s 3rd period goal in the Sabres 4-3 overtime win over the Kings on Tuesday night.

Fantasy Impact: Lawrence Pilut has 2 assists through 5 games so far in his NHL career. Pilut has displayed offensive ability in every league he has played in so far. Pilut is getting second power play duty to boot so he should get more scoring opportunities. Pilut is a sneaky add in deeper or keeper fantasy leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


Casey Nelson got his 3rd assist of the season on Nathan Beaulieu’s third period goal in the Sabres 3-2 overtime win over the Sharks on Tuesday night.

Fantasy Impact: Casey Nelson has 1 goal and 3 assist on the season. Nelson is a healthy scratch often and doesn’t get any special teams duty so he is best to ignore for fantasy purposes.

Category: Game Recaps


Kyle Okposo got his 10th assist of the season on Rasmus Ristolainen’s second period goal in the Sabres 3-2 overtime win over the Sharks.

Fantasy Impact: Kyle Okposo has steadily produced this season. Okposo’s production could pick up with his new linemates of Tage Thompson and Casey Mittelstadt on the second even strength line and he is pulling first power play unit duty as well. Okposo has 5 goals and 10 assists in 25 games. While he may not reach the 60-point mark he achieved with the Islanders he should get between 40-50 points. Okposo is a decent medium to deep fantasy league player at this point.

Category: Game Recaps


Nathan Beaulieu scored his 3rd goal of the season in the third period of the Sabres 3-2 overtime win on Tuesday night.

Fantasy Impact: Nathan Beaulieu has some offensive upside but rarely gets deployment to utilize those skills. As well, Beaulieu is a healthy scratch occasionally. On Tuesday night he did play and scored his 3rd goal of the season to go along with 2 assists in 15 games. Decent numbers for limited duty. Beaulieu retains no value as he gets scratched some games and when he does play he gets lower defensive pairing and no power play time. Until Beaulieu gets more ice time on a consistent basis he shouldn’t be owned in any fantasy format.

Category: Game Recaps


Jason Pominville got his 9th assist on Jeff Skinner’s first period goal in the Sabres 5-2 victory over the Flyers on Wednesday night.

Fantasy Impact: Jason Pominville is having his best season in years in his return to Buffalo. Sharing time with offensive studs like Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner has helped Pominville. Pominville’s totals on the year are 9 goals and 9 assists through 22 games. With first even strength line and second power play line duties Pominville should get many opportunities to keep up his current scoring pace. Pominville should be able to get between 50-60 points this season and should be owned and started in every fantasy format.

Category: Game Recaps


Jake McCabe put up 2 points in the Sabres 3-2 win over Minnesota. McCabe scored his 2nd goal of the season in the first period. McCabe then assisted on Jason Pominville’s game-winning goal in the 3rd period.

Fantasy Impact: McCabe is having the best start to a season in his career. With the 2 points McCabe scored on Saturday his season totals are at 2 goals and 7 assists through 18 games. With a career high of 20 points in 2016-2017, McCabe is almost halfway to that total only 28 games into the season. McCabe has value in medium to deep leagues currently. If he were to get power play duty his value would raise even more.

Category: Game Recaps


Marco Scandella got an assist on Conor Sheary’s first period goal in a Sabres 6-5 victory over Montreal.

Fantasy Impact: Marco Scandella got his 4th assist to go along with 1 goal through 16 goals. As long as the two Rasmusses (Dahlin and Ristolainen) are around Scandella’s production should be limited. Scandella should be ignored in most fantasy formats.

Category: Game Recaps