The sun rising on the Sabres, the Blue Jackets’ struggles, what to expect from Connor McDavid and more in your NHL blog beat. 

GRANTLAND: Katie Baker envisions better days for the Buffalo Sabres, while Sean McIndoe longs for the old-school waiver draft.

What should we expect from Oilers rookie Connor McDavid?

What should we expect from Oilers rookie Connor McDavid?

NHL NUMBERS: Cam Lewis on what we should expect from Connor McDavid’s rookie season.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Mark Scheig examines what’s going on with the struggling Columbus Blue Jackets.

PENSBURGH: Eric Bowser wonders if Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Johnston is seeking perfection.

HOCKEY WILDERNESS: Dustin Nelson believes there’s more to Thomas Vanek’s decline than injuries and adjusting to a new system.

JEWELS FROM THE CROWN: Dean Lombardi’s strange comments about Mike Richards.

DOBBER HOCKEY:  Demetri Fragopoulos goes searching for Bobby Ryan.

THE SIN BIN: Jason Pothier suggests Las Vegas landing a relocated franchise, like perhaps the Arizona Coyotes, could be a good thing.

PUCK BUDDYS: An interview with Washington Capitals anthem singer Bob McDonald