Rasmus Dahlin

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the first three games of the 2018-19 season, which featured an ugly opening night loss to Boston followed by two impressive wins over the New York Rangers and Vegas Golden Knights. Also, a look at the team's improved depth, represented by the strong play of its fourth line. And how has rookie defenseman Rasmus Dahlin looked in his first NHL games?


The Buffalo Sabres kick off the 2018-19 season with a home game against the Boston Bruins Thursday night. On the season premiere of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's revamped roster, which includes #1 overall draft pick Rasmus Dahlin, top line forward Jeff Skinner and new goaltender Carter Hutton, among others. Also, Jack Eichel gets the captain's 'C' on his jersey and Bill gives his prediction on whether the Sabres, who finished in last place in the NHL last season, will make the playoffs for the first time since 2011.


Francesca Bond

"Positive vibes" and “enthusiasm” were not words fans associated with the last-place Buffalo Sabres last season. But for the hundreds who attended the team's summer development camp at HarborCenter this week, the wide belief is that better days are ahead.

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When the Sabres found out they won the NHL Draft Lottery two months ago, it was no secret who they were going to take. Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin was one of the best draft prospects in years and Monday he marked his first time in Buffalo as a Sabre.

On a special NHL Draft edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about Rasmus Dahlin, the Swedish defenseman expected to be selected first overall by the Sabres Friday night. Also, why has the team drafted so poorly in the later rounds over the last decade and what has been done to change that? And could Ryan O'Reilly or someone else get traded by the end of the weekend?


For the third time in five years, the Buffalo Sabres have the best odds at winning the NHL draft lottery. It's an 18.5 % chance. Whoever wins will land prized prospect defenseman Rasmus Dahlin.