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

Can you take the Buffalo Sabres to glory with this roster?


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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.

Jack Eichel, Center, 87 OVR

Age: 21
Role: Playmaker Center
Height: 188cm
Weight: 93kg
Shoots: Right
Best 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

Age: 23
Role: Right
Height: 193cm
Weight: 99kg
Shoots: Right
Best 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

Age: 32
Role: Hybrid Goaltender
Height: 185cm
Weight: 92kg
Shoots: Left
Best 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 Skinner

84

Left Wing Sniper

180cm

26

Left

92 Agility. 91 Acceleration. 90 Wrist Shot Accuracy, Deking, Puck Control

Sam Reinhart

83

Right Wing Playmaker

185cm

22

Right

95 Discipline. 91 Deking. 89 Passing, Puck Control

Kyle Okposo

83

Right Wing Power Forward

183cm

30

Right

88 Slap Shot Power, Balance, Hand-Eye, Passing, Puck Control

Conor Sheary

81

Left Wing Playmaker

173cm

26

Left

88 Acceleration, Agility, Speed, Deking

Vladimir Sbotka

81

Two-Way Left Wing

178cm

31

Left

87 Acceleration, Agility, Speed, Aggressiveness

Marco Scandella

81

Defensive Defenseman

191cm

28

Left

88 Slap Shot Power. 87 Wrist Shot Power, Body Checking, Strength, Balance, Shot Blocking, Stick Checking

Jake McCabe

80

Two-Way Defenseman

185cm

24

Left

86 Slap Shot Power, Defensive Awareness. 85 Strength, Durability, Body Checking, Wrist Shot Power, Acceleration, Agility, Balance, Speed, Stick Checking, Shot Blocking

Jason Pominville

80

Right Wing Playmaker

183cm

35

Right

90 Discipline. 87 Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power, Speed

Zach Bogosian

80

Defensive Defenseman

191cm

28

Right

89 Strength, Balance, Shot Blocking

Patrik Berglund

80

Two-Way Right Wing

193cm

30

Left

91 Discipline. 88 Balance, Strength

Zemgus Girgensons

79

Two-Way Center

188cm

24

Left

87 Speed. 85 Defensive Awareness, Stick Checking, Discipline, Acceleration, Agility, Balance, Slap Shot Power, Aggressiveness, Body Checking, Durability, Strength

Matt Hunwick

79

Defensive Defenseman

180cm

33

Left

88 Shot Blocking. 87 Body Checking, Slap Shot Power

Tage Thompson

79

Power Forward Center

196cm

20

Right

88 Balance. 87 Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power

Nathan Beaulieu

79

Two-Way Defenseman

188cm

25

Left

87 Stick Checking. 86 Slap Shot Power, Endurance

Casey Mittelstadt

79

Playmaker Center

185cm

19

Left

87 Acceleration, Agility, Speed

Evan Rodrigues

78

Playmaker Center

180cm

25

Right

87 Acceleration, Agility, Speed

Scott Wilson

78

Two-Way Left Wing

180cm

26

Left

86 Slap Shot Power. 85 Wrist Shot Power, Agility, Acceleration, Agility, Balance, Speed

*Nicholas Baptiste

75

Right Wing Power Forward

185cm

23

Right

85 Agility, Acceleration, Speed, Strength, Body Checking, Aggressiveness, Wrist Shot Power, Slap Shot Power

Casey Nelson

75

Two-Way Defenseman

185cm

26

Right

85 Slap Shot Power, Durability. 84 Wrist Shot Power, Body Checking, Strength, Acceleration, Agility, Balance, Speed, Stick Checking

Linus Ullmark

79

Hybrid Goaltender

191cm

25

Left

85 Recover, Endurance, Durability

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

Rasmus Dahlin, Defenseman, 82 OVR

Age: 18
Role: Two-Way Defenseman
Height: 185cm
Weight: 75kg
Shoots: Left
Potential: 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 Laaksonen

57

Two-Way Defenseman

188cm

19

Right

Top 6 med

Marcus Davidsson

59

Two-Way Left Wing

183cm

19 

Left

Top 9 med

Alexander Nylander

74

Right Wing Playmaker

183cm

20

Right

Elite med

Rasmus Asplund

66

Two-Way Left Wing

180cm

20

Left

Top 9 med

Brendan Guhle

76

Two-Way Defenseman

188cm

21

Left

Top 4 med

Devante Stephens

57

Defensive Defenseman

185cm

21

Left

7th D med

Vasily Glotov

60

Playmaker Center

178cm

21

Left

AHL Top 6 med

Jonas Johansson

68

Butterfly Goaltender

193cm

22

Left

Backup med

Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen

66

Hybrid Goaltender

191cm

19

Left

Elite med

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