Botterill wants Sabres’ prospects to win before getting to Buffalo

Botterill wants Sabres’ prospects to win before getting to Buffalo

Jason Botterill sees a straight line in building a successful development model. There’s scouting, drafting and winning.

“If anything falls apart in that line, it just doesn’t work,” the Sabres’ general manager said.

The winning part is where the Sabres’ development has gotten stuck.

Buffalo’s minor-league team has won one playoff series in 12 years, an opening-round victory by the Portland Pirates in 2009-10. The prospects have missed the playoffs four times in the past seven years, including the last three. They got swept in two of the three postseason appearances. Read more at buffalonews.com

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