Slovakian blueliner Andrej Sekera has played parts of four seasons with the Buffalo Sabres, but has yet to prove anything to anyone. Sekera is a talented skater and passer and could be the offensive defenseman the Sabres have needed since Brian Campbell left in 2008. Sekera is currently penciled in as the Sabres’ 6th and final defenseman, but it is in his hands to maintain that role going into the 2010-11 season.
Sekera spent six years in the Dulka Trencin in the Slovak league before moving to North America to pursue a career in the NHL. He played Major Junior hockey with the Owen Sound Attack before being drafted in the 3rd round (71st overall) in the 2004 entry draft. While in the OHL he was named to the all Rookie team in 2005 and the First All-Star team in 2006 as well as being named the leagues top defenseman.
Sekera began the 2006-07 season, his first as a pro, in Portland but earned a 2 game call-up by the end of the season. In 2007-08 he again started in Portland, but when injuries struck the Sabres backend he ended up a featured blueliner for 37 games, performing admirably. In that season he showed poise and talent and was considered the “next Brian Campbell”.
However, upon earning a roster spot at the start of the 2008 season Sekera began to regress. Without his partner from the season before, Mike Weber, Sekera looked lost and inconsistent. Sekera admitted to losing confidence down the home stretch and became a healthy scratch during the 2009 push for the playoffs. Hoping it was a sophomore slump the Sabres placed him back in the starting lineup during the 2009-10 season. Serkera’s inconsistency persisted.
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