The Buffalo Sabres need to add some help up front and Josh Anderson would be a logical player to pursue as a trade candidate.
Over the past couple of seasons, the Buffalo Sabres have not been shy about making trades to improve the team and this season should be no different.
Despite being 10 points out of the final Wild Card spot, the Sabres cannot stand pat and not find a way to improve. Whether it’s trying to acquire assets or trying to get ahead on the off-season planning.
The team has made it known that they are looking to improve their scoring depth as Jason Botterill said the team will have a specific target in mind.
“We’ve been very honest from that standpoint,” Botterill told NHL.com. “I think if we can add more to our sort of offensive mix, we’re certainly looking for it. I think also when you can add to just our team speed up front, it’s another thing you look at.”
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Getting a player with speed isn’t the toughest thing in the world and there are some formidable options like Jason Zucker in Minnesota. Of course, he has a modified no-trade list so he could veto a potential deal to Buffalo.
Chris Kreider‘s name has been floated out there but as a rental option, the Sabres would better off waiting until the off-season to try and make a move for Kreider if he has no intention of returning to New York.
This is why a player like Josh Anderson should be on the team’s radar considering his value has taken a hit. The Columbus Blue Jackets have made it known that they want to continue building through the draft but need to replenish some assets.
It has been a season to forget for Anderson as he has only four points in 26 games this season which is far from what comes to expect from him considering he scored 27 goals last season.
The 25-year-old would be a nice complementary piece alongside Jack Eichel or in the top six considering he has the size that would be a hot commodity on the trade block. Of course, the Blue Jackets would be dealing from a position of weakness but if they can get a team to pay for Anderson’s potential then they would be wise to consider.
Whether or not Buffalo has the assets Columbus is looking for, the Sabres should be looking at all avenues to try and improve going forward.