With the news today that the Sabres have resigned Alexander Sulzer it raises the question is the blueline too crowded?
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Assuming no further trades happen, the defense stacks up like this:
If Mcbain does make the opening night roster he will be a #6/#7 defensmen. So that leaves 1 possibly 2 spots to fill. With only 2 spots to fill and 5 players to fill them. Sounds like an issue but look at the 5 players.
Mcbain is the most experienced of them playing in 206 games in his 4 seasons with Carolina. He scored 75 points (19G,56A) during those 4 seasons. He was also a -9 during that time. His role at best for this season is a #6.
That leaves one more spot for 4 more players. McNaab, Pysyk, Ruhwedel and Ristolainen all have a chance to be able to crack the lineup. The four of them have combined for a total of 51 NHL games. None of them have shown in their limited experience to be full time NHLer's.
Judging from the fact that most of our young d-men are not fully ready to jump to the NHL, the blue line isnt as crowded as it seems.
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