The Buffalo Sabres finished dead last in the NHL in 2014-15 with a 23-51-8 record.
According to former Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth, the club’s only goal this past season was to finish at the bottom of the league in an effort to land coveted top prospect Connor McDavid.
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Enroth opened up on the Sabres’ frustrating season, one that saw him traded to the Dallas Stars for goaltender Anders Lindback in February, and his hopes heading into free agency this summer in an interview with a Swedish website.
“They had only one goal…The goal was to come last,” Enroth said (via Google Translate) of the Sabres’ abysmal season.
“I was not too happy with it [the trade] when it happened, but when I look back on it now, I’m very happy that I was traded,” Enroth said.
Enroth carried a 3.27 goals-against average and .903 save percentage in 37 games with the lowly Sabres. He finished the season with a 18-26-2 record to go along with 3.07 GAA and .904 save percentage overall.
The 26-year-old will become an unrestricted free agent this summer. Although he hasn’t ruled out a return Dallas, Enroth intends to test the market for the best opportunity. “I feel at there are other teams where there is greater opportunity to play more games.”
The Sabres came up short in the McDavid sweepstakes, dropping a spot to the claim the second overall pick after the Edmonton Oilers leapfrogged over the Coyotes and Sabres in the draft lottery. Boston University star Jack Eichel is the consensus No. 2 pick.
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