Vesey chooses Rangers, but Sabres have plenty to be excited about

Posted at 7:18 PM, Aug 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-20 08:16:56-04

No matter how bright things look for the Buffalo Sabres, it's hard to compete with the bright lights of New York City.

Friday, Vesey Watch finally ended succinctly with a tweet from the New York Rangers, who announced that a deal was done.

If you're annoyed, It's totally warranted -- but just think about how exciting it was to watch Eichel, Renihart and O'Reilly last season. As a matter of fact, the Sabres top-six will look at a lot different this year than it did just a few years ago.

Last year, the Sabres missed the playoffs by 12 points. That's six wins -- or one more win a month. If the Sabres continue to grow, the that doesn't seem like much of a stretch.

The rebuild wasn't going to happen overnight -- but if last year is an indication of what's to come, there's plenty to be excited about.

Jack Eichel is 19-years-old. Sam Reinhart is 20. Ryan O'Reilly is 25 -- and these players haven't even reached their prime. If the Sabres can keep all three for the long-term, which is likely the plan, you should probably avoid planning a vacation for April or May.

You'll probably be busy with a playoff game or two.