First of all thanks to Tim Panaccio for giving us the down low of this article.
Is it hard to believe that the Sabres are right up there at the top of the list for jersey sales in July? Yes & no. You would almost think that with the horid begining to July would stall Sabre jersey sales to a screaming halt. Obviously not. The Sabres are represented with 3 of the top 7 selling jerseys. It is a bit of a suprise if you are not a diehard Sabres fan. We surely support our teams through good times and some bumps in the road. AKA 7/1/07- UFA DAY or Doomsday here in Buffalo.
I however do feel that the 8th place ranking of Ovechkin is a bit suprising though. For one the Caps have new jerseys this year which should almost automatically make his numbers jump. I would have figured him to be in the top 4 for sure.
Fopa also suprises me with his #6 ranking. Lets be serious who really thinks he is playing in Nashville again. Hell for that matter maybe not in the league at all this year. I personally don't see it. Lets be honest why would he go back there? He will go to a serious contending team. They have ripped that Roster to shreds.
Crosby's placing isn't a suprise at all. Sid the Kid is the posterboy for the NHL. And is the leagues best player. This ranking should hold steady for a long time to come.
Briere / Drury isn't that much of a suprise. Both guys got huge deals in huge NHL markets. I have a 2 blank NYR jerseys laying around & one will have 23 placed on it soon. These guys jerseys were good sellers in B-Lo last year as well.
Vanek coming in at #5 suprised me at first. But then i realized that much like Crosby, Breire & Drury his jersey is well worth the investment. 7 years for $165.00 is a great deal no matter how you slice it.
Jagr / Lundqvist doesnt suprise me that much with both players in the largest market in all of sports. Both are world class players and are very popular.
Ryan Miller is the face of the Sabres franchise. I was suprised to see him @ #4 though. I would have thought maybe him & Vanek would be reveresed because of Vanek getting his big contract.
Afinogenov beating out Ovechkin????? I am a Sabres fan & Max is my 2nd Favorite Sabre. But honestly i am shocked that his sweater is out selling the great AO. His sales are like his skating....... Fast paced and out of control.
1 Penguins C Sidney Crosby
2 Sabres/Flyers C Daniel Briere
3 Sabres/Rangers C Chris Drury
4 Sabres G Ryan Miller
5 Sabres LW Thomas Vanek
6 Predators C Peter Forsberg
7 Sabres RW Maxim Afinogenov
8 Capitals LW Alex Ovechkin
9 Rangers RW Jaromir Jagr
10 Rangers G Henrik Lundqvist
Anybody see any names missing from the list that seem odd? For me its Patrick Kane & Evgeni Malkin. Last seasons top rookie & This years most anticipated arrival.