The Buffalo Sabres continued to stock the farm system this week by adding another young player to the fold, agreeing to an entry level contract with Defenseman Mike Weber.
Weber, a 6-2, 199 pound defenseman was a physical force for the Windsor Spitfires the past few seasons, racking up 181 penalty minutes in 2005-06.
Weber has been compared to former Sabres defenseman Jay Mckee, both in manneurisms and style of play. Weber likes to take the body and plays a solid game in his own end. While not overly skilled, Weber isn't afraid to pinch in on the offensive side when needed.
His presence in camp does however make for an interesting start to training camp for the Sabres. Under their current deal with their AHL affiliate in Rochester, the Sabres are limited to only 10 players on the Amerk squad. Weber's signing currently leaves the team with 12 eligible players. This could open the door for another defenseman to make the jump to Buffalo in training camp.
Enter Andrej Sekera.
The 21 year old Slovak defenseman struggled at times in Rochester last season, but did seem to get his game together later in the season and in the playoffs for the Amerks. Known more for his offensive upside and leadership skills after captaining the Slovak junior team in the WJC's, Sekera plays a great all around game and is projected to be a top 3 defenseman in this league, much in the mold of Kings D Lubomir Visnovski.
If he develops on pace as projected, look for him to make a big push to unseat perennial dissapointment Dmitri Kalinin for the 7 spot on the Buffalo blueline