In this edition of Buffalo Sabers News & Rumors, Rasmus Dahlin has been voted into the 2022 NHL All Star Game, and Alex Tuch and Kyle Okposo are back for their first game since the COVID-19 protocols were removed.
Dahlin will represent the Sabers in the 2022 NHL All-Star Game
Thursday, NHL All-star lists released For this coming year’s event in Las Vegas, defender Dahlin of Sabers made the cut. This marks the first choice for an All-Star in the 21-year-old’s career. He occupies second place in the Cypresses, just one point behind Okposo with 22 points (six goals and 16 assists) in 36 games and has made great strides in his evolution to become the number one defensive player this season.
Sabers have a very special talent for Dahlin, who was named first overall by Buffalo in the 2018 NHL Draft entry. Before being named All-Star, he was questioned about what an All-Star appearance would mean to him.
“I didn’t really think about that,” Dahlin said. “it is a dream.”
Don Granato, Sabers head coach, went on to add how deserving of Dahlin the All-Star selection.
“A world of confidence can stem from that kind of experience and put you in that kind of category,” Granato said. “It’s worth… it will happen sooner or later. It flips well towards it.”
Dahlin will wear the All-Star outfit for the first time in his career when he drops the disc for the event, which was held in Las Vegas from February 4-5.
Big comeback from COVID-19 protocols, help in victory of the sword
make his touch Back from COVID-19 Protocols On Thursday, he scored a assist in the Sabers 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators. Missing the first part of the season with an upper body injury, playing three games for the Buffalo and then being put into COVID-19 protocols, Tuch had been waiting a while to become a mainstay in the Sabers forward. Now that he’s back, he can finally settle in with the team and help lead the organization in the right direction.
Tuch, a native of Syracuse, New York, was bought by the Sabers in the deal that sent Jack Eichel to the Golden Knights. It’s hard to find the perfect deal when dealing with unique talents and situations like Eichel’s. However, Buffalo’s general manager, Kevin Adams, managed to get an incredible key piece in his comeback package, which also included Peyton Krebs, a top 10 first-round protector in the 2022 NHL Draft and a second-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft.
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Adams called for desire for players who want to play in Buffalo and are proud to wear the Sabers costume. There is a good chance the team will get the perfect league player to embody Adams’ values. as Tuch tweeted after his trade From Vegas, “Being from Upstate NY, my dream was to wear a Sabers jersey. Thank you, Buffalo and I can’t wait to get started!” It’s an exciting time to have Tuch in the Sabers lineup, and hopefully this one.
Okposo picks up where he left off, scores two assists back from COVID-19
Okposo has had a great season for the Sabers, leading the team with 23 points (seven goals and 16 assists) in 34 games. He managed to play only one game in 2022, losing 4-3 in extra time at the Bruins on January 1, before being put into COVID-19 protocols. On his comeback Thursday, he scored twice in the Cypresses’ 4-1 win over the Predators.
The 33-year-old has already racked up more points this season than each of the past two seasons. It’s exciting to watch his career comeback, now in his sixth season with the Sabers. Okposo is one of the team’s best leaders and mentors, and his return from COVID-19 protocols is great news for Buffalo. He’s looking to continue building on a great season when the Sabers face the Detroit Red Wings on the road, Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.
It’s been a tough season for the Sabers, but with the recent news regarding the All-Star selection for Dahlin, as well as the return of Tuch and Okposo, it’s not all so bleak at Buffalo.
Tom Pepper hosts The Hockey Writers Podcast and writes columns for “NHL Talk”, “Sabers News & Rumors” and “Kraken News & Rumors” every day of the week (Mon-Fri). He is a huge fan of the Sabers in Toronto, and often leads the Queen Elizabeth Way to cheer for his team at KeyBank Center. He also supports the Kraken as his team in the West.