Season in Review

Updated: May 2, 2013


The Buffalo Sabres enter this offseason a changed hockey franchise. From the firing of longtime head coach Lindy Ruff, to the deadline-day trade of captain Jason Pominville to the late season charge for the playoffs, many different emotions were had throughout the Sabres fan base.

This season, the Sabres began with lofty expectations but those would fall apart only 17 games into the season.

Sitting at 6-10-1 (13 points), General Manager Darcy Regier felt a spark was needed to change the hockey team. Regier decided it was time to fire long-time head coach Lindy Ruff. His replacement would be the Rochester Americans head coach Ron Rolston.

Rolston would go on to coach the Sabres to a 15-11-5 record (35 points in 31 games), but the team ultimately missed the playoffs by 7 points.

In a season filled with negatives, there were a handful of bright spots.

Steve Ott, playing his first season with the Sabres, stepped up into a major leadership role as the season progressed. Ott, who recorded 24 points (9 goals, 15 assists) in 48 games, also saw himself become a fan favorite.

Another bright spot was the emergence of Brian Flynn, Kevin Porter and Mark Pysyk. These three players, who started with the Rochester Americans, were not expected to make a major impact in Buffalo this season. Flynn and Porter locked down spots on the Sabres’ third line, with a combined 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists) while Pysyk shifted around the top six of the defense and displayed major development throughout his 19 games played.

Also, the Buffalo Sabres could look to this season as a major developmental one for number one center Cody Hodgson. In his first full season with Buffalo, Hodgson tallied 34 points (15 goals, 19 assists) in 48 games. Not only was that the second-most points on the Sabres, Hodgson’s 34 points gave him the most points by a sophomore player in the NHL.

Through the good and the bad, there were negatives and positives during this unsuccessful season. Only one can hope that the Sabres organization will take the lessons learned, good and bad, to help make the franchise better going into next season.

[tab:Season’s Best]
Players of the Year
4 points (2 goals, 2 assists) in four games.
4 points (2 goals, 2 assists) in four games.
Least Valuable Player
0 points, -3 rating, 4 PIMs in four games.
Season in Review Video

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Achieved Milestones
Milestone Achieved On:
300 career points10/11/14 vs. CHI
26 wins - 14th all-time in franchise history10/14/14 vs. CAR
169 points - 51st all-time in franchise history10/22/14 vs. ANA
167 assists - 32nd all-time in franchise history10/30/14 vs. BOS
100 career assists11/5/14 vs. MTL
173 points - 50th all-time in franchise history11/5/14 vs. MTL
139 goals - 18th all-time in franchise history 11/7/14 vs. EDM
306 points - 25th all-time in franchise history11/7/14 vs. EDM
177 points - 49th all-time in franchise history11/15/14 vs. TOR
100 career assists11/18/14 vs. SJS
182 points - 48th all-time in franchise history11/29/14 vs. MTL
30 wins - 13th all-time in franchise history11/29/14 vs. MTL
100 career points12/2/14 vs. TBL
183 points - 47th all-time in franchise history12/9/14 vs. LAK
176 assists - 31st all-time in franchise history12/27/14 vs. NYI
190 points - 46th all-time in franchise history12/31/14 vs. TBL
321 points - 24th all-time in franchise history2/3/15 vs. MTL
197 points - 45th all-time in franchise history2/7/15 vs. DAL
151 points - 60th all-time in franchise history2/10/15 vs. OTT
500 career points2/19/15 vs. PHI
100 career points2/19/15 vs. PHI
300 career points2/20/15 vs. NYR
200 career points3/6/15 vs. OTT
207 points - 44th all-time in franchise history3/26/15 vs. ARI
209 points - 43rd all-time in franchise history4/3/15 vs. CHI
Last Game Played
Lower Body Injury3/6/14 vs. TBL
Upper Body Injury3/13/14 vs. CAR
Lower Body Injury3/13/14 vs. CAR
Lower Body Injury3/16/14 vs. MTL
Sore Back3/23/14 vs. VAN
Undisclosed Injury3/25/14 vs. MTL
Undisclosed Injury3/25/14 vs. MTL
Undisclosed Injury4/1/14 vs. NJD
Undisclosed Injury4/1/14 vs. NJD
Lower Body Injury4/3/14 vs. STL
Ear Injury4/6/14 vs. PHI
Head Injury4/6/14 vs. PHI
Concussion4/6/14 vs. PHI

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