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Posted 12:28 AM ET | Comments 12
The Buffalo Sabres have one of the best young forwards crops in the league. They are a enigma as to why they don’t have more points in the standings. Their defense is led by super star Mr. Campbell. The goaltending is solid; that will have to continue to improve to help this team make the playoffs.

The Sabres' strengths are their age, speed, and strength. Their forwards are very fast, tricky, and hard to take off there feet. They work hard and are very gritty. They're young, and they have something to prove this season: that they can survive without a real big name.


Jason leads the team in scoring, which really surprised me. He has great hands. Jason has speed to burn and is very strong with the puck. He is hard to take off the puck. Jason is a great passer, and seems to know when to pass and when to shoot. Jason does everything that is asked of him and more. He will be a future captain. Jason will be a complete player this season. He will continue to improve his defensive game.


I love this kid. I love his grit and I love his game. He is fast and dependable. He will be a force for many years to come. He has 13 goals and 14 assists this season but he has 4 game-winning goals for the Sabres, making him a dependable and a clutch player who they can go to when the time is right.


Roy is a major spark plug who plays with his heart and leads this team by example. He is the best center on this team. He knows what to do with the puck. I love the way he hits. He skates like the wind. He has moves to make a defenseman look for his (use your imagination), while scoring before they can recover. Roy has moves that I as a fan can admire, and with that he covers well in his own zone.


Brian is probably in the top 10 in the League for all-around defenseman. I have seen Brian carry the puck up to the forwards or pass it. He has a terrific shot, and is great with the puck. His passing is among the best defense in the League. A terrific all-around defenseman. The top priority for the Sabres should be signing Brian to a long-term contract. I am sure that he will be signed by the team very soon.


The Sabres should be a lot better than they are. They have all the tools of a playoff team. Look for them to make a push and challenge. I suspect that they will be adding to their line-up. They need another top 6 forward and a solid dman, then the Sabres will be poised for a run for the playoffs.


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February 8, 2008 12:45 AM ET | Delete
I have Pominville, Roy, and Kotalik on my fantasy team. Very good second tier scorers for me.Great blog!
February 8, 2008 1:40 AM ET | Delete
Don't forget Dan Paille. He may not be as talented as a Vanek or a Roy, but what he lacks in skill he more than makes up for in hustle. He's my kind of hockey player. Not very well known, but gritty and dependable.
February 8, 2008 1:49 AM ET | Delete
Thanks for the insightful and unbiased blog btw. Nice to see that a sportsfan can be objective and say something interesting without resorting to insults and stupid generalizations about a team or its fans.
February 8, 2008 8:50 AM ET | Delete
Campbell as a superstar is an exaggeration. He is excellent at moving the puck out of his zone but his defense is average...any Sabres fan knows this. He will be missed when traded....as he is a great team player(bad singer) and appreciative of the City and fans he plays for....but the value of what the Sabres could possibly get in return (player prospect pick) would help the team even more. I agree that the forwards are very skillful but grittiness is an element this team needs 50% more of.......although their play of late has been more desperate and encouraging to the many fans(myself included) that thought this was not a playoff team for the first half of the year.
February 8, 2008 11:59 AM ET | Delete
Nicw work Flamestr. you sure know your hockey. It's good to see someone who puts a all out effort in these things. I'm empressed on your hockey knowledge of other teams in the leaque. These bloggs can brighten up a good hockey fans day. Cutoes to you on a nother good blog buddy. a remember go flames go, ya babbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbby.
February 8, 2008 12:20 PM ET | Delete
good work u forgot Vanek tho even tho he has had a weak year hes a talented player who is always working
February 8, 2008 12:58 PM ET | Delete
February 8, 2008 1:00 PM ET | Delete
great blog flamestr love the end,
February 8, 2008 1:00 PM ET | Delete
February 8, 2008 1:03 PM ET | Delete
YOU leave early?!?!?!?!?!?!? And you call yourself a fan!!!!!!!
February 8, 2008 4:55 PM ET | Delete
The problem isn't those guys, its the other ones. Vanek's pay justifies about half of his cap hit. Max and TC, when healthy, weren't contributing enough, and now are just deadweight. The Sabres have had troubles scoring, as well, though that could be explained as just a rough stretch. I also doubt that Sabres management will resign Campbell.
February 8, 2008 5:51 PM ET | Delete
The Sabres problem is that Darcy Regier plays hard ball with all of this UFA's and then ends up loosing them in the off season. It doesnt matter how good this team drafts if you loose all of your good players to UFA it just doesn't mean anything. The sabres could have signed Briere and they decided to stop talking to him untill the offseason. They lost their 2 best players because of that stupidity. Its almost as if these players use buffalo as a stepping stone to go else where. Drury was strugling with Calgary he comes to buffalo has a few good seasons then leaves. Briere was waived by Pheonix comes to the sabres plays great then leaves. I would not be surprised id the Sabres loose Cambell. When a player says that he is finnished negotiating it ussually means that he is going to test the market. Regiere should have signed Vanek before he became a RFA that was another bad move.
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