Sabres Have 2 Solid Trade Candidates At Forward

Unfortunately for the Buffalo Sabres, they cooled down from their hot start and are back to the bottom of the standings where they'll likely remain for the season. That being said, they have a number of players on expiring contracts. We are going to focus on just two who are younger and can provide a contender with solid bottom-six play.

Vinnie Hinostroza isn't exactly young, but he has provided the Sabres with strong and surprising play this season making him a perfect asset to move on from. He is on a cheap deal and is a UFA at the end of the season. The winger also has eight assists in just 13 games this season doing his damage primarily at five-on-five. He won't fetch a huge price, but moving him will allow more prospects to get more playing time when the team is out of the playoff race.

The other player is Rasmus Asplund. He is in fact young at only 24 years old. He showed a flash of strong offensive ability at the beginning of last season when he was utilized higher up in the lineup. When his role decreased, his production faded. Asplund finished the 2021-22 season with nine goals and 27 points and has only two goals and six points in 20 games this season.

Asplund is averaging two minutes fewer of ice time per game than last season and it is clear there isn't much room for the young player with even younger and more talented forwards in the mix. The Sabres have four forwards on the roster who are on entry-level contracts. They have already pushed Asplund nearly out of the lineup and he could use a change in scenery for a better opportunity. He should fetch a better price than Hinostroza because of his potential, age, and contract status.

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