It's time to put the finishing touches on the 2009-2010 season for the Buffalo Sabres. Here is a complete report card of every single player that played any amount of time with the Sabres this season. The journey will begin with Chris Butler and conclude in almost a month with Thomas Vanek. Thanks to Japers Rink and Mile High Hockey for the inspiration.
|2009 - Mike Grier||10||12||22||-4||14|
Introduction: Grier was one of the few off season signings for GM Darcy Regier during the last off season. Many fans loved the signing and Grier showed during the season why it was the right choice. While he didn't light up the score sheet, his gritty style of play and behind the scenes leadership was a major reason for the Sabres division title this season.
Voting: On a scale of one to ten, one being the lowest and ten being the highest, grade Mike Grier on his season according to the expectations you had for him. If he met them, give him a five or a six. If he eclipsed them, aim for a seven or beyond. If he failed to meet them, give him a lower number relating to how poorly he missed the target.
Fun Fact: Mike Grier was tied for the leading scorer for the Sabres in the playoffs with two goals and took the second most shots on the team with 19. During the regular season, Grier was 11th and 8th respectively in those categories.
Thumbs Up: Grier was a key player during the 2005-06 playoff run as he had that veteran presence that brought everyone in the locker room together. That same attitude and veteran leadership was what brought Grier back to Buffalo in 2009. Grier's gritty game play was something that Buffalo lacked as well. He was willing to go into the corners and fight for pucks, especially in the playoffs, which is something that most players on the roster weren't willing to do.
Thumbs Down: Grier was mainly a third and fourth line player and his relative +/- of -.66 was third worst on the team. For a third and fourth line player, the defensive qualities of his play should be far better than his offensive qualities. There is a reason that some people have given him a nickname of Stone Hands.
Topics of Discussion: Was Mike Grier the major piece to the Sabres run to the playoffs this season? Will the Sabres sign Grier to an extension this off season?