The Buffalo Sabres were founded in 1970 during a time of rapid NHL expansion. If you look at the NHL landscape over the last 50 years or so, you will find a small handful of teams that have had great success. On the other end of the spectrum, there are those teams that can't seem to find any sort of success, at all. The Sabres would be somewhere in the middle. Throughout their history the Sabres have won their division six times- 1975, 1980, 1981, 1997, 2007, and 2010. The Sabres have also won the Eastern Conference twice- 1975 and 1999. However, they were unable to turn either of those Stanley Cup Finals appearances into wins. They lost to the Flyers in six games in 1975, and in 1999 they lost to the Dallas Stars in six games as well. The Sabres do have one Presidents Trophy to their name, in 2007, when they finished the regular season with 53 wins and 113 points overall.
The last time the Buffalo Sabres participated in the Stanley Cup playoffs was 2011, when they lost to the Philadelphia Flyers in seven games. Since that game loss, the Sabres have had a slow grind to the bottom as they have been rebuilding. This past season, they finally bottomed up, finishing with 54 points, good for the worst record overall in the NHL. They Sabres ended up drafting second. However, after four years of rebuilding, the Sabres are finally starting to see light at the end of the tunnel, drafted second overall was an 18-year-old center from Boston, Massachusetts named Jack Eichel. Connor McDavid went first overall to the Edmonton Oilers. Scouts have said these are the two most talented players to enter the NHL since Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin. Only time will tell if they are right.