We all remember how this season ended, but many may not be aware of how the Sabres actually got to the finals during the 1998-1999 season. The Sabres were not expected to do well at all that year.
Just one year prior, Miroslav Satan led the team with just 46 points. The Sabres draft picks before the start of the season didn’t fare too well, either. They included Andrew Peters, Dmitri Kalinin, and Ales Kotalik.
Buffalo relied on its goaltender, Dominik Hasek, to win games. The Sabres simply didn’t have the offensive ability to win games, although their powerplay was ranked one of the top in the league. The overlooked Sabres began the ’98-’99 season with a 4-1 loss against Dallas, oddly enough.
Buffalo ended up finishing the season with 37 wins and 91 points, good enough for seventh place in the Eastern Conference. Satan led the Sabres team with 66 points in 81 games. Mike Peca and Michael Grosek also hit 50 points that season.
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