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Yup, this one kinda startled me too. Let’s talk about what John Vogl published in The Athletic earlier this week, highlighting a few potential trades that the Buffalo Sabres could make to exploit other teams’ cap problems. This trade here with the Chicago Blackhawks is the most appealing one to me, as the idea involves superstar Patrick Kane being traded for Buffalo’s Sam Reinhart, Casey Mittelstadt, and 8th overall pick at the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.

What’s Going On W/ Casey Mittelstadt:
The Athletic Article:
Lets Go Hawks Article:

The Buffalo Sabres pick for 8th overall would be in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.

The current NHL rankings for the 2020 NHL Draft go as follows:

1st) Undetermined team
2nd) Los Angeles Kings
3rd) Ottawa Senators (via San Jose Sharks)
4th) Detroit Red Wings
5th) Ottawa Senators
6th) Anaheim Ducks
7th) New Jersey Devils
8th) Buffalo Sabres.

The draft is stacked with guys like Alexis Lafrenière at the top, with Quinton Byfield, Tim Stützle, Lucas Raymond, Alexander Holtz, Jamie Drysdale, Marco Rossi, Cole Perfetti, Jake Sanderson, and Yaroslav Askarov rounding out the top 10. The rest of the draft has a ton of great talent as well, like Anton Lundell, Kaiden Guhle, Dawson Mercer, Braden Schneider, Dylan Holloway, Hendrix Lapierre, Connor Zary, Justin Barron, Jack Quinn, John-Jason Peterka, William Wallinder, Rodion Amirov, Jacob Perreault, Seth Jarvis, Ty Smilanic, Jeremie Poirer, Noel Gunler, Mavrik Bourque, Lukas Reichel, Tyler Kleven, Ridly Greig, Justin Sourdif, Shakir Mukhamadullin, Jake Neighbours, Luke Tuch, Helge Grans, Jan Mysak, Michael Benning, and Antonio Stranges.

The former NHL Draft Lottery odds, went in order as the Detroit Red Wings, Ottawa Senators, San Jose Sharks (Senators), Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks, New Jersey Devils, Buffalo Sabres, Montreal Canadiens, Chicago Blackhawks, Arizona Coyotes (Devils), Minnesota Wild, Winnipeg Jets, New York Rangers, Florida Panthers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Calgary Flames, Vancouver Canucks (Devils), Nashville Predators, Toronto Maple Leafs (Hurricanes), Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders (Senators), Dallas Stars, Carolina Hurricanes (Rangers), Pittsburgh Penguins (Wild), Philadelphia Flyers, Tampa Bay Lightning (Sharks), Colorado Avalanche, Vegas Golden Knights, Washington Capitals, St. Louis Blues, and Boston Bruins (Ducks).

Casey Mittelstadt was taken by the Sabres at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

The 2017 NHL Entry Draft saw many top NHL prospects get selected by a variety of teams. The top 28 of the draft went as follows:

1st – New Jersey Devils, Nico Hischier
2nd – Philadelphia Flyers, Nolan Patrick
3rd – Dallas Stars, Miro Heiskanen
4th – Colorado Avalanche, Cale Makar
5th – Vancouver Canucks, Elias Pettersson
6th – Vegas Golden Knights, Cody Glass
7th – New York Rangers (from Arizona Coyotes), Lias Andersson
8th – Buffalo Sabres, Casey Mittelstadt
9th – Detroit Red Wings, Michael Rasmussen
10th – Florida Panthers, Owen Tippett
11th – Los Angeles Kings, Gabriel Vilardi
12th – Carolina Hurricanes, Martin Necas
13th – Vegas Golden Knights (from Winnipeg Jets), Nick Suzuki
14th – Tampa Bay Lightning, Callan Foote
15th – Vegas Golden Knights (from New York Islanders), Erik Brannstrom
16th – Calgary Flames, Juuso Valimaki
17th – Toronto Maple Leafs, Timothy Liljegren
18th – Boston Bruins, Urho Vaakanainen
19th – San Jose Sharks, Josh Norris
20th – St. Louis Blues, Robert Thomas
21st – New York Rangers, Filip Chytil
22nd – Edmonton Oilers, Kailer Yamamoto
23rd – Arizona Coyotes (from Minnesota Wild), Pierre-Olivier Joseph
24th – Winnipeg Jets (from Columbus Blue Jackets via Vegas Golden Knights), Kristian Vesalainen
25th – Montreal Canadiens, Ryan Poehling
26th – Dallas Stars (from Chicago Blackhawks), Jake Oettinger
27th – Philadelphia Flyers (from Washington Capitals via St. Louis Blues), Morgan Frost
28th – Ottawa Senators, Shane Bowers

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  1. Oh this is an actual chance guys Patrick Kane has said in the past he would love to end his career in Buffalo in a Sabres jersey according to Patrick Kane’s father’s friend best friend one of his best friends hell yeah

  2. Kane will be a Sabre. But it won’t be until he’s a 15 goal scorer. It’s going to happen, I’m just calling it like it is.

  3. Made it through three minutes before I decided that I’d just wasted three minutes of my life watching this absolute garbage report. Pro tip : don’t repeat other people’s garbage reports.

  4. Patrick kane is going to pick up number forty John Hayden and bring back number 40 John Hayden back home to the Chicago Blackhawks wearing number forty play with Andrew Shaw

  5. I as a Hawks fan would try getting the number 1 pick from the Rangers and reunite Kane with Panarin. Don’t know who else would have to come back to help with salary, but I would like to see a rebuild now while the d cor is young and there are many good forwards still in the mix. I would also dangle Saad to Buffalo and trade up to get the number one goalie available. By getting Saad and Kane off the books and getting the number 1 pick and the number one goalie, the Hawks might be good in 2-3 years down the road. Maybe get another high draft pick in the mean time. And I would let Bowman go. Now.

  6. I still think Buffalo would need to take on more salary from Chicago for this trade to even be talked about. Which the only players outside of Kane, Toews, and Crawford who make more than 4mil is Saad (6 mil), Keith (5,538,462), De Hann (4,550,000), Seabrook (6,875,000) and Maatta (4,083,333). You could also mention Shaw at 3.9 mil. I haven’t been following Chicago as much to say who would be worth the salary dump, but it would have to be in this range to make sense for Chicago long term.

    I think it makes sense for Chicago to move on from Kane only in the sense of the salary cap. Since the team will need to sign Kubalik, Strome, Slater, Crawford, Subban, 7 minor league players, Saad (2021-22), Hagel (2021-22), Kampf (2021-22), 5 minor league players (2021-22), and Dach (2022-23). The salary is going to be very tight. With a projected cap space of 7,353,205 (capfriendly) for next season, having to sign their 7 minor league players, Crawford, Subban, Kubalik, Strome, and Slater there is no way Chicago can do this without dumping salary or letting players walk. Not saying that it has to be tied to this trade with Buffalo but something has to give within the Chicago organization.

  7. Interesting video . For sure , Buffalo is in a position to profit from others cap issues . But , why would Buffalo put themselves into cap trouble for a player who is soon to be 32 and likely will not produce as he did the last 10 years . The Pegula’s have pledged to have only high character people in the organization . Most of us still remember Evander Kane’s antics . I don’t think Patrick Kane would be the right fit and I’d be surprised if this happened .

  8. As great as it would be that Kane would go up to Buffalo there is no chance in hell Chicago would give him up to The Sabres of all teams

  9. it isn’t a rumor if you pull it out of your ass just to make a YT video. I think that’s called B.S.

  10. If you think Crawford resigning will attempt to force a Kane trade, you are soft in the head. Also, let’s not forget how Buffalo treated Kane during that BS rape fiasco. Doubt going to a team where the fans still call him a rapist is top on his list.


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