After reading Jon Walters’ 40th anniversary team on Sabreshockeycentral.com, I was inspired to walk down memory lane and design my own. While many players that I loved made the list (like my all time favorite: Donald Audette) I found myself wondering where players like Rob Ray, Ric Seiling and Gerry Korab were.
So I came up with an idea. Why not make a 40th anniversary team with players filling the roles on a hockey team? Not just the roster spots of the top 12 forwards of all time, but specific niches like checking center and pest.
The following is what I consider the 40th anniversary team of the Buffalo Sabres. Feel free to leave comments telling me that I’m too young to do this because I don’t remember Player X.
Center: Gilbert Perreault
The original and greatest Sabre, there can really be no discussion on who belongs here. He holds the team records in points, goals and assists. He was the team captain. He led the team to a Stanley Cup final. He was the first and he was the best.
Left Wing: Rick Martin
The Sabres had a superstar and they needed someone to ride shotgun. In their second year of operation they drafted Rick Martin and never looked back. Five 50 goal seasons (two consecutive), Martin was one of the most prolific goal scorers to ever don a Sabres Jersey.
Right Wing: Rene Robert
You may be feeling a bit of déjà vu right now – but keep reading – I promise it deviates. You can’t break up the French Connection, even on paper. They were one of the greatest lines in the history of the league. Twice a 40 goal scorer Robert recorded the clubs 1st 100 point season.
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