4 Reasons On Why You Should Be Excited For The 2016-17 Buffalo Sabres Season

4 Reasons On Why You Should Be Excited For The 2016-17 Buffalo Sabres Season

Get Ready To Sharpen Your Swords, The Sabres Are Back

For the past few years it has been difficult to be a Buffalo Sabres fan, but don't fear, change is on the way. Living in Buffalo we are no strangers to losing but behind all of the losses there are flashes of greatness. These flashes of greatness add up and will soon become shear greatness. With players like Jack Eichel, Ryan O'Reilly, Kyle Okposo, Sam Reinhart, Evander Kane, and Rasmus Ristolainen it's hard to not be excited. There is also the eighth overall pick in the 2016 draft pick Alexander Nylander. Nylander has impressed many at the Sabres development camp and will most likely spend most of the year with the Rochester Americans. I will not be surprised if Nylander is called up frequently, a player with his skill set is as close to NHL ready as it gets. Overall this 2016-17 season should grab the attention of many around the league as of right now let's just say the Sabres look "good, scary good".

1. Jack Eichel's Sophomore Year

Jack Eichel did not disappoint last season, putting up 24 goals and 32 assists for a total of 56 points in his 81 game rookie season. Eichel has something that no other player has and it is very hard to explain. The skill set that Eichel possesses is one of the best in the game with his elite skating and unpredictable wrist shot. Eichel has something to prove this year, the sophomore slump is just a common misconception. There are new pieces inside of the Sabres organization that are going to help Jack Eichel excel more than any other player on the roster. There is a one two punch putting Eichel and Reinhart on the same line so look out for a lot of that this year and don't be surprised if you see Eichel playing with Kyle Okposo. The National Hockey League will be watching to see if Eichel sinks or swims; my prediction? Eichel will swim, he will swim with the best of the best and his sophomore season will send a cannonball effect throughout the NHL.

2. New Additions Look To Add Hope To Playoff Dreams

With the new additions of Kyle Okposo and Dimitry Kulikov the Sabres are starting to look more like a playoff team. The Sabres have not qualified for the playoffs since 2011 and the people of Buffalo are starting to get impatient. A promise can only go so far until it is fulfilled. Terry Pegula, the Sabres owner has promised playoffs and a Stanley Cup and has said that is his sole purpose. Sabres General Manager Tim Murray has proved again that he can fight with the best minds in the NHL. Murray has acquired many players in his seasons with the Buffalo Sabres. Kyle Okposo could be one of the best free agent signings that Murray could've dreamed of. Okposo, a 28 year old right winger who spent his whole career until now with the New York Islanders looks to add depth to a already solid Sabres roster. In his nine seasons with the Islanders Okposo scored 139 goals and had 230 assists for a total of 369 points. Okposo will look to produce in the upcoming promising Sabres season. Dimitry Kulikov is the left handed defenseman that the Sabres have been looking for. In Kulikov's seven seasons with the Florida Panthers he has 28 goals and 110 assists for a total of 138 points. Kulikov is a physical hard hitting defenseman and will most likely be a fan favorite. The Sabres also added 6'6" goaltender Anders Nilsson. Nilsson coming over from the New York Islanders looks to add depth in the goaltending department.

3. Newly acquired prospects look to make a NHL/AHL Impact

The 2016 NHL draft proved to be one of the strongest drafts for the Sabres in recent years. With the 8th overall pick the Buffalo Sabres selected from the OHL's Mississauga Steelheads, Alexander Nylander. Nylander has an unbelievable skill set and is very close if not already ready for the NHL. Nylander's brother William is currently playing for the rival Toronto Maple Leafs, this will be a rivalry for years to come. The Sabres held their annual training camp at the harbor center in downtown Buffalo this year. The venue was packed and most were excited to see Nylander. He did not disappoint pulling off some unreal dekes and dangles and ended up finishing those moves with goals. Nylander will be a huge part of the Sabres in the future and I see him playing in the NHL this season. In the second round the Sabres selected Rasmus Asplund a highly skilled forward from Sweden. Asplund was a huge steal for the Sabres. Other picks included the 3rd round pick going to the London Knight's Cliff Pu a soon to be fan favorite. It's always conveient to pick up hometown players and Austin Osmanski was exactly that. Osmanski grew up in East Aurora and ended up getting drafted 189th by the Sabres. One of the biggest steals of the draft could actually be seventh round draft pick Vasili Glotov. Look out for this name in the future as he could become a big part of the Sabres depth.

4. NHL Experts Predict Big Things

In the NHL.com's 30 teams in 30 days series the Buffalo Sabres were one of the teams with the most upside going into the 2016-17 season. NHL.com's senior writer Dan Rosen had some bold predictions on the upcoming season. Rosen stated that he had talked to Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma and he said his goal for the team is 95 points and a playoff berth. Rosen stated that this may seem like a lot but it is definitely possible with the depth this team has. In the end of the video Rosen agreed with Bylsma and said he believes the Sabres will make a playoff appearance in the upcoming season. If that isn't something to be excited for than I don't know what is. Buffalo has such a passionate fan base and to see playoff hockey back in Buffalo would be more than a dream come true. This city will be electric and hopes will be brought to life once again. Hopes of one day hoisting lord Stanley in the heart of Buffalo. In my opinion the Sabres will win a Stanley Cup within the next 10 years. When that day comes be ready Buffalo, be ready NHL because the Sabres are back and their swords are sharpened.

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To The Boy Who Will Love Me Next

If you can't understand these few things, leave before things get too involved

To the boy that will love me next, I need you to know and understand things about me and my past. The things I have been though not only have shaped the person I’ve become, but also sometimes controls my life. In the past I’ve been used, abused, and taken for granted, and I want something real this time. The guys before you were just boys; they didn’t know how to treat me until it was too late. They didn’t understand how to love me, until I broke my own heart. Before you truly decide to love me I want you to understand these things.

When I tell you something, please listen.

I’m my own person, I want to be loved a certain way. If I ask you to come over and watch movies with me please do it, if I ask for you to leave me alone for a few hours because it’s a girl’s night please do it. I don’t just say things to hear my own voice, I say things to you because it’s important to my life and the way I want to be loved. I’m not a needy person when it comes to being loved and cared for, but I do ask for you to do the small things that I am say.

Forgive my past.

My past is not a pretty brick road, it is a highway that has a bunch of potholes and cracks in it. I have a lot of baggage, and most of it you won’t understand. But don’t let my past decided whether you want to love me or not. My past has helped form who I am today, but it does not define who I am. My past experiences might try and make an appearance every once in a while, but I will not go back to that person I once was, I will not return to all that hurt I once went though. When I say those things, I’m telling the complete and honest truth. I relive my past every day, somethings haunt me and somethings are good reminds. But for you to love me, I need you to accept my past, present and future.

I’m just another bro to the other guys.

I have always hung out with boys, I don’t fit in with the girl groups. I have 10 close girlfriends, but the majority of my friends are guy, but don’t let this scare you. If I wanted to be with one of my guy friends I would already be with him, and if you haven’t noticed I don’t want them because I’m with you. I will not lose my friendships with all my guy friends to be able to stay with you. I will not cut off ties because you don’t like my guy friends. I have lost too many buddies because of my ex-boyfriends and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that again. If you don’t like how many guy friends I have you can leave now. Don’t bother trying to date me if you can accept the fact I’m just another bro.

I might be a badass, but I actually have a big heart.

To a lot of people I come off to be a very crazy and wild girl. I will agree I can be crazy and wild, but I’m more than that. I’m independent, caring, responsible, understanding, forgiving, and so such more type of woman. Many people think that I’m a badass because I don’t take any negatively from anyone. Just like we learned when we were younger, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” Most people can’t do that in today’s world, so I stick up for myself and my friends. I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, or their option on how I live my life. The only thing I care about is being able to make myself happy. Even though I’m an independent woman, understand that I do have a big heart. Honesty when I truly care for someone I will do just about anything they ask, but don’t take advantage of this. Once you take advantage of this part of me, all respect will be lost for you.

I’m hard to love.

Sometimes I want to be cuddle and get attention, and sometimes I don’t want you to talk to me for a couple hours. Sometimes I want you to take me out for a nice meal, but sometimes I want a home cooked meal. Every day is different for me, sometimes I change my mind every hour. My mood swings are terrible on certain days, and on those days you should probably just ignore me. I’m not easy to love, so you’ll either be willing to find a way to love me, or you’ll walk out like so many others have.

I’m scared.

I’m scared to love someone again. I’ve been hurt, heartbroken, and beat to the ground in my past relationships. I want to believe you are different, I want to hope things will truly work out, but every relationship has always ended up the same way. I’m scared to trust someone, put my whole heart into them, just to be left and heartbroken again. I sick and tired of putting my whole body and soul into someone for them to just leave when it is convenient for them. If you want to love me, understand it won’t be easy for me to love you back.

When “I’m done.”

When I say “I’m done” I honestly don’t mean that I’m done. When I say that it means I need and want you to fight for me, show me why you want to be with me. I need you to prove that I’m worth it and there’s no one else but me. If I was truly done, I would just walk away, and not come back. So if I ever tell you, “I’m done,” tell me all the reasons why I’m truly not done.

For the boy who will love me next, the work is cut out for you, you just have to be willing to do it. I’m not like other girls, I am my own person, and I will need to be treated as such. For the boy that will love me next, don’t bother with me unless you really want to be with me. I don’t have time to waste on you if you aren’t going to try and make something out of us. To the boy who will love me next, the last thing I would like to say is good luck, I have faith in you.

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6 Best Feelings You Get When Playing Volleyball

While you're avoiding getting hit in the face, you just might gain something in return.


Volleyball can be intimidating to get into, especially if you have had zero experience before. From the extremely bruised forearms to knee burns, it's understandable why people try to avoid this sport as much as possible sometimes. However, after the initial few weeks of struggle, the bruises will disappear, and the knee pains will feel much less terrible. In fact, after experiencing these six feelings, you will get hooked onto the sport.

1. When you get the perfect set

Every team needs a good setter, because without good sets, it is incredibly hard to get good hits. Every once in a while, when you do get that perfect set, you don't have to worry about repositioning closer or further away from the net or where to hit the ball. Instead, all you have to do is swing your arms and hear that satisfying bounce of the ball hitting the floor on the other side of the court.

2. When you dive for a ball and actually save it

Sacrifices to the knees are a must in volleyball, but a lot of times, they're sacrifices in vain. When a dive actually turns into a save, it can be one of the best feelings in the world. Not just because your knees didn't just take another bruise in vain, but because your reflexes have actually improved and you just saved your team a lost point.

3. When you get your first ace

Whether it was your serve that was too fast or the other team that just made a mistake, there's just something extremely satisfying about being able to serve a ball that others cannot return. It may also be due to the fact that you wouldn't have to run back onto the court or spend extra energy on this point, but nevertheless, the pride you feel when you get that ace is priceless.

4. When you find a good team

Some people work better with certain people than others, and when people on your team somehow naturally know how high you liked your sets or covers the areas that you can't at certain moments, as a team you will play much better. This can be attained through training and practice, but when you meet those people who naturally work well with you, you know the game is going to be good.

5. When you get a good rally going

When the ball is going back and forth for five or six times with 3 hits on each side, you have a good rally going on. At the end of it, even if your team loses the point, you'll feel an intense satisfaction from all the adrenaline still coursing through your veins. It's not every day that you can get everyone on the team on their feet, passing, hitting and making great plays!

6. When your teammates become some of your closest friends

This is probably the best reward that you can ever get from playing any sport. Whether it's a group trek to the local donut shop or just walking home together, you could end up meeting some of your closest friends. Volleyball is a team sport, and that bond established through numerous games is something that is irreplaceable. You'll naturally gravitate those who you work well with and find out that honestly, you guys get along pretty well off the court too.

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