- E.J. Hradek, Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
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Summer Skate -- Buffalo Sabres
The Sabres rode the superlative goaltending of Ryan Miller to the division title last year, but the fact is that the rest of the team was average at best. The Sabres lost two of their top four defensemen in Toni Lydman and Henrik Tallinder, but with the continuing development of Tyler Myers, a good group of forwards in their prime should ensure that they challenge for the division again.
Behind the goaltending of Ryan Miller, and with a host of young forwards, the Buffalo Sabres are primed to make another division run.