Buffalo Sabres Star Forward Sustains a Serious Injury This Week
The Buffalo Sabres will have a busy week ahead of them, as will every NHL team.
Day two of the 2023 NHL Draft is currently underway, and the Sabres have a few new prospects now in the pipeline.
With the 13th overall pick, general manager Kevyn Adams and company selected right winger Zach Benson. The 17-year-old is small at 5'9'' but extremely skilled and should give the Sabres some great potential for a top six forward.
Buffalo also took forward Anton Wahlberg out of Sweden with the 39th overall pick, as well as right-handed defenseman Maxim Strbak with the 45th overall pick.
Unfortunately, the Sabres were dealt horrible news on Thursday.
Elliotte Friedman is reporting that forward Jack Quinn sustained an Achilles tendon injury during workouts this week. He's expected to miss 4-6 months, which means he will miss at least part of the 2023-2024 regular season.
There's no specifics on how exactly Quinn hurt himself but this is a blow for Buffalo's scoring depth. The winger is entering his second full season in the NHL, scoring 14 goals and 37 points in his rookie campaign.
This could change what Adams does in free agency and the trade market this week. This leaves an opening to start the season for the Sabres.
Perhaps it opens the door for Jiri Kulich or Isak Rosen to make the opening-night roster, maybe even last year's first round pick Matthew Savoie.
This is a tough blow for Quinn. Hopefully, he makes a full recovery and is back in the lineup before the end of the year.