28 Sep 2020 11:50 AM +00:00

NHL 19: Buffalo Sabres Player Ratings, Roster & Top Prospects

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Another season of rebuilding, tinkering, and selling was set to be on the cards for the Buffalo Sabres. But, having been robbed of the first overall pick in the draft several times, they took Rasmus Dahlin first overall, traded for sniper Jeff Skinner, and signed Carter Hutton in net, and now it all seems to be coming together for Buffalo. 

At the 27-game mark in the season, the Sabres were coming off of a ten-game win streak, which saw them climb to sit one point behind the Toronto Maple Leafs and two behind the Tampa Bay Lightning. Now, while they’re not Stanley Cup contenders yet, things finally look to be trending in the right direction in Buffalo.

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Jack Eichel, Center, 87 OVR

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Age: 21Role: Playmaker CenterHeight: 188cmWeight: 93kgShoots: RightBest Stats: 92 Deking, Hand-Eye. 91 Wrist Shot Accuracy. 

Coming second only to Connor McDavid in his 2015 draft class, Jack Eichel has taken the Buffalo Sabres by the horns and earned the captain’s patch for his efforts. Still only 21-years-old, Eichel led the Sabres in 2017/18 with 25 goals and 64 points. Now, 27 games into the new campaign, Eichel continues to lead the way, with a whopping 32 points in 27 games, utilizing his playmaking more than his shooting skills this season. 


Rasmus Ristolainen, Defenseman, 86 OVR

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Age: 23Role: RightHeight: 193cmWeight: 99kgShoots: RightBest Stats: 90 Shot Blocking, Stick Checking, Balance, Strength, Slap Shot Power 

Also still young, Rasmus Ristolainen cuts a formidable shadow on the ice with his huge frame and stick reach. He’s been a consistent 40-plus point scorer over the last few seasons but hasn’t breached the ten-goal mark in a single campaign yet. But, if the Sabres keep flying, Ristolainen could see his tally of three goals in 27 games grow to surpass ten for the first time in his professional career. 


Carter Hutton, Goaltender, 82 OVR

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Age: 32Role: Hybrid GoaltenderHeight: 185cmWeight: 92kgShoots: LeftBest Stats: 87 Recover, Stick Low, Glove Low

Having been one of the best, if not the best backup goaltender in the NHL through spells with the Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues, the Buffalo Sabres have given Carter Hutton a starting role. Now in his prime, Hutton has been putting in strong performances while adjusting to the increased role, holding a .917 save percentage through 19 starts. 

NHL 19 Buffalo Sabres Roster

From the Day 1, September 13 update, this is how the Buffalo Sabres’ first lines start. Buffalo’s strengths are in the team’s speed and youth. In NHL 19, it’s hard to see the team with these starting ratings going on a ten-game tear, but there are some very user-friendly skaters on each line, with Hutton’s rating improving significantly after the first couple of seasons as a recognized starter. 

Jeff Skinner (84) – Jack Eichel (87) – Sam Reinhart (83)Marco Scandella (81) – Rasmus Ristolainen (86)Carter Hutton (82)

Name Overall Rating Position/Role Height Age Shoots Best Stats
Jeff Skinner84Left Wing Sniper180cm26Left92 Agility. 91 Acceleration. 90 Wrist Shot Accuracy, Deking, Puck Control
Sam Reinhart83Right Wing Playmaker185cm22Right95 Discipline. 91 Deking. 89 Passing, Puck Control
Kyle Okposo83Right Wing Power Forward183cm30Right88 Slap Shot Power, Balance, Hand-Eye, Passing, Puck Control
Conor Sheary81Left Wing Playmaker173cm26Left88 Acceleration, Agility, Speed, Deking
Vladimir Sbotka81Two-Way Left Wing178cm31Left87 Acceleration, Agility, Speed, Aggressiveness
Marco Scandella81Defensive Defenseman191cm28Left88 Slap Shot Power. 87 Wrist Shot Power, Body Checking, Strength, Balance, Shot Blocking, Stick Checking
Jake McCabe80Two-Way Defenseman185cm24Left86 Slap Shot Power, Defensive Awareness. 85 Strength, Durability, Body Checking, Wrist Shot Power, Acceleration, Agility, Balance, Speed, Stick Checking, Shot Blocking
Jason Pominville80Right Wing Playmaker183cm35Right90 Discipline. 87 Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power, Speed
Zach Bogosian80Defensive Defenseman191cm28Right89 Strength, Balance, Shot Blocking
Patrik Berglund80Two-Way Right Wing193cm30Left91 Discipline. 88 Balance, Strength
Zemgus Girgensons79Two-Way Center188cm24Left87 Speed. 85 Defensive Awareness, Stick Checking, Discipline, Acceleration, Agility, Balance, Slap Shot Power, Aggressiveness, Body Checking, Durability, Strength
Matt Hunwick79Defensive Defenseman180cm33Left88 Shot Blocking. 87 Body Checking, Slap Shot Power
Tage Thompson79Power Forward Center196cm20Right88 Balance. 87 Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power
Nathan Beaulieu79Two-Way Defenseman188cm25Left87 Stick Checking. 86 Slap Shot Power, Endurance
Casey Mittelstadt79Playmaker Center185cm19Left87 Acceleration, Agility, Speed
Evan Rodrigues78Playmaker Center180cm25Right87 Acceleration, Agility, Speed
Scott Wilson78Two-Way Left Wing180cm26Left86 Slap Shot Power. 85 Wrist Shot Power, Agility, Acceleration, Agility, Balance, Speed
*Nicholas Baptiste75Right Wing Power Forward185cm23Right85 Agility, Acceleration, Speed, Strength, Body Checking, Aggressiveness, Wrist Shot Power, Slap Shot Power
Casey Nelson75Two-Way Defenseman185cm26Right85 Slap Shot Power, Durability. 84 Wrist Shot Power, Body Checking, Strength, Acceleration, Agility, Balance, Speed, Stick Checking
Linus Ullmark79Hybrid Goaltender191cm25Left85 Recover, Endurance, Durability

*Nicholas Baptiste traded to the Nashville Predators on October 1. 


Rasmus Dahlin, Defenseman, 82 OVR

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Age: 18Role: Two-Way DefensemanHeight: 185cmWeight: 75kgShoots: LeftPotential: Elite med

It took a little while for him to adjust, as you would expect from a teenager entering the NHL – despite playing adult hockey in Sweden’s top division – but Dahlin is now showing the skills that made him the first overall pick of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. He’s already incredibly mobile with an 85 in acceleration, agility, and speed, and generates a wealth of power from both types of shot.

The Buffalo Sabres roster is already filled with great young talents: but there’s much more to come. Alexander Nylander has the potential become a top-class forward, with Brendan Guhle adding some hefty bite on the blueline. Casey Mittelstadt is already in the NHL lines at 19-years-old, and they have one of the hottest goaltending prospects in their pool, Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen. There may not be many players in the pool, but it boasts a tremendous amount of NHL potential.

NHL 19 Buffalo Sabres Top Prospects

Name Overall Rating Position/Role Height Age Shoots Potential
Oskari Laaksonen57Two-Way Defenseman188cm19RightTop 6 med
Marcus Davidsson59Two-Way Left Wing183cm19 LeftTop 9 med
Alexander Nylander74Right Wing Playmaker183cm20RightElite med
Rasmus Asplund66Two-Way Left Wing180cm20LeftTop 9 med
Brendan Guhle76Two-Way Defenseman188cm21LeftTop 4 med
Devante Stephens57Defensive Defenseman185cm21Left7th D med
Vasily Glotov60Playmaker Center178cm21LeftAHL Top 6 med
Jonas Johansson68Butterfly Goaltender193cm22LeftBackup med
Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen66Hybrid Goaltender191cm19LeftElite med