The word is out that Lindy Ruff has decided to mix things up with his top lines. Leino will be skating alongside Vanek and Pominville, while the rookie Luke Adam will play on a line with Roy, and Stafford. The changes shouldn't come as a surprise, given the slow start by nearly every top 6 forward not named Thomas or Jason. Yes Luke Adam got off to a hot start, but he has cooled considerably in the past 5 games, and has failed to capitalize on several point blank scoring opportunities in the last week.
With Ennis out nursing his ankle this team could really use Jochen Hecht back in the line-up. I don't have anything against the Boyes-McCormick-Ellis line, they provide a lot of energy and they have the ability to pin teams in their own end, while occasionally chipping in a goal here and there. However swapping out Hecht for Ellis is a considerable increase in skill to the roster. Ellis keeps his game simple, and is effective because of it, but he lacks the ice vision, hands, or finishing ability that a healthy Jochen Hecht can provide.
So what is the verdict on the Buffalo Sabres in their first 10 games? For now it's a hung jury, but here is my take on the opening month:
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