Monday, January 21, 2013

2013 Buffalo Sabres Preview

by Steve

True, the season started yesterday but I was too busy watching football so I'll do the preview post today.

Let's see, Darc Regier still here? Check. Lindy Ruff still here? Check. The odds the Sabres will be mediocre still? Check.  These two just exude mediocrity especially with a nearly identical roster to last season.  And that includes Jochen Hecht!! Holy shit.

My prediction is they'll make it to 7th place by the end of the 48 game regular season.  Ryan Miller is good not great, Vanek and Pominville aren't bad but how long do they need to prove they are building blocks?  The defensive corps can be considered good.  The rest of the team, meh.

Do I have high hopes for Mik Grigorenko? Not really, especially with the way Lindy Ruff "handles" young talent.  He already wasn't on the power play in their first game and only got 11 minutes.  Is bum Hecht taking away some of his ice time? Absolutely.

He'll probably stick around all season, burning the first year of his entree contract but I wouldn't be shocked if Lindy and Darc sent him back to juniors after his five game try out.

The big questions for this season are pretty obvious.  Is getting rid of Derek Roy an addition by subtraction?  Is Steve Ott (the protypical "Buffalo guy") a game changer?  Will Ryan Miller be overworked and burn out by the end of the season?  How good is Tyler Myers?  I'd say yes, no, yes, good but overrated.

7th place and another match up with the Bruins in round 1.  Maybe next year.

"18-23-7 13th place"

"Lose to the Ottawa Senators in the Eastern Conference Finals"


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