Kelly on Eichel: He's one of the best at 'attacking a line with speed'

Mike Kelly of TSN and The Point Hockey joined Schopp and the Bulldog on Friday

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October 26, 2018 - 4:38 pm

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The Buffalo Sabres have gotten off to a hot start to the 2018-19 season.

Buffalo sits at 6-4-0 through the first 10 games of the year, marking the team's best start to a season since the 2011-12 season when they also started 6-4-0.

On Thursday, the Sabres managed to come back from down 3-2 in the third period against the Montreal Canadiens to tie the game and eventually beat their division rival 4-3, thanks, in part, to a late power play goal from Kyle Okposo.

Mike Kelly from TSN and The Point Hockey joined Schopp and the Bulldog on Friday to talk some hockey, and to give his thoughts on the Sabres and their red-hot start to the season.

Here is some of what Kelly had to say:


Kelly on who's the better team in 2018-19: The Canadiens or Sabres?:

"I'd still take Montreal over Buffalo. Sure, they don't have a [Jack] Eichel or a [Rasmus] Dahlin, but I like their depth and they have Carey Price in net."


Kelly on Buffalo's first line:

"[Jeff] Skinner and Eichel have had a ton of scoring chances. [Jason] Pominville doesn't have to carry the puck on that line."


Kelly on the Sabres' projections:

"They'll have to win their winnable games. There are teams that they are still not in the same class of. The Ducks are the worst defensive team in the NHL, and the Canadiens had an off night... The Sabres are a dump-in team. Last year, they dumped the puck in at a top-three rate in the league, and it's nearly the same this year. During the win streak, offensively everything that goes in has been better thanks to team defense."


Kelly on Jack Eichel:

"On a per-game rate, he's one of the best in the league at transition and attacking a line with speed. The guy who led the league in that last year was [Connor] McDavid."


Kelly on Casey Mittelstadt:

"The Sabres definitely have guys that can transition it. Casey Mittelstadt might have had his best his game of the year last night. Six scoring chances. He's a very slippery player."


You can listen to the entire interview below:

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