The summer of 2010 may not have seen much head-turning activity on the part of Sabres management, but they still managed to make plenty of moves to shake things up in the roster. Changes made to the defense have garnered the most interest, as certain veteran players were put on the market, while fresh faces were brought in to fill their roles.
The combinations of defensemen should be quite different from what has been seen in previous years, but it is not the blue-line players that are poised to experience the most retooling. Instead, that honor belongs to the centermen, and all of the unanswered questions that come with them.
One of the team’s long running dilemmas since the departure of Chris Drury and Daniel Briere has been its inability to find a number one center. For several years, the Sabres has been oversaturated with talent for the position, yet no one has been good enough to stand among the league’s best like Sidney Crosby, Joe Thornton, Henrik Sedin etc. The organization wants fans to believe that Derek Roy and Tim Connolly are number one centers, even though they never have been, and never will be.
While a player of the caliber as those mentioned above was not acquired this offseason, there is a lot of hope in the form of Tyler Ennis. After strong outings any time he was called up from Portland last season, particularly during the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, Ennis is guaranteed a spot on the starting roster come October. The decision that the coaching staff needs to make is what line he will fall into.
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