Toronto Maple Leafs: 2021-22 Atlantic Division Preview

TORONTO, ON - MAY 31: Paul Byron #41 of the Montreal Canadiens is tied up by Zach Bogosian #22 of the Toronto Maple Leafs during Game Seven of the First Round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena on May 31, 2021 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Canadiens defeated the Map[le Leafs 3-1 to win series 4 games to 3. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - MAY 31: Paul Byron #41 of the Montreal Canadiens is tied up by Zach Bogosian #22 of the Toronto Maple Leafs during Game Seven of the First Round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena on May 31, 2021 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Canadiens defeated the Map[le Leafs 3-1 to win series 4 games to 3. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 25: Jack Eichel #15 of the Buffalo Sabres falls and loses the puck against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on January 25, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 25: Jack Eichel #15 of the Buffalo Sabres falls and loses the puck against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on January 25, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

Buffalo Sabres 

With the team mostly gutted and Jack Eichel stripped of his captaincy and unlikely to suit up this year, Buffalo fans are going to be in for a long season. The forward depth-chart looks like names listed from a non-licensed Sega Genesis hockey game.

For example, can anyone identify which of the following names are potential Buffalo Sabres top-9 forwards for 2021-2022 and which are names I made up from NHL’s fake-90’s-international-hockey-name generator app?

  1. Arttu Ruotsalainen
  2. Anders Bork
  3. Vinnie Hinostroza
  4. Tage Thompson
  5. Rasmus Asplund
  6. Zemgus Girgensons
  7. Drake Caggiula

If you picked any of the numbers from 1-7 of the above names then you would be right; all of those are actual NHL players that have a legitimate shot of playing in the top-9 for the Sabres this year. Yikes.

Over/Under- 20 wins? I might choose the under.

*the app listed above does not actually exist but if any tech guru is interested, hit me up- here’s an example: Jorgus Mandervogt.