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Buffalo Sabres could part with three prospects

The Buffalo Sabres have a lot of talent in the organization…

A little too much, in fact.

Led by the likes of Tage Thompson and Rasmus Dahlin, the club is well-endowed with attacking talent, but can also count on some excellent prospects and young players.

Jiri Kulich, Matthew Savoie, Zach Benson, Jack Quinn, Owen Power, Peyton Krebs, Devon Levi, Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen… The list goes on and on, and that’s good news for the Sabres.

This surplus of prospects gives GM Kevyn Adams ammunition to improve his club for whatpromises to be a tough playoff battle.

Matthew Morris of The Hockey Writer has compiled a list of three possible Sabres prospects.

It’s not mentioned in the article above, but these prospects could be used as bargaining chips to solidify the right side of the club’s defense.

The three prospects are forwards Noah Ostlund and Isak Rosen, and Finnish goaltender Topias Leinonen.

Leinonen was selected 41st overall in 2022 and was the first goaltender drafted that year.

At 6’5″ and 234 lbs, Leinonen is very imposing in front of his net and remains very athletic despite his size.

This season, he should get more starts with JYP Jyväskylä in Finland’s top professional league.

His value on the transaction market is rather vague, but the potential is there and could interest a few teams.

The Montreal Canadiens still don’t have a precise plan for the future in front of the net, but the addition of this prospect would give more hope at this level.

However, the CH doesn’t really have any right-handed defensemen to give away. There are other interesting assets for the Sabres, but the right side of the defense is pretty weak and they need to improve that aspect.

Then there’s Sweden’s Noah Ostlund, who had a good season with Djurgardens IF in the Allsvenskan, Sweden’s second division.

He scored 26 points in 37 games, and also picked up 4 points in 7 games at the World Under-20 Championship.

Nothing exceptional in his case, but despite his small size (5 feet 11 inches and 165 pounds), Ostlund possesses a lot of talent and is an excellent skater.

He could certainly interest some teams, as could his compatriot Isak Rosen.

Rosen is the third prospect on this list and has a similar style of play to Ostlund. He’s a year older, but last year he played with the Rochester Americans in the AHL.

In his first season in North America, Rosen didn’t go unnoticed. He collected 37 points in 66 games.

His value seems to be a little higher than Ostlund’s, and could provide a better asset.

In any case, Buffalo will be looking to improve its club, as the Atlantic Division will be even stronger and the playoff race will be hotly contested.

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