Cody McCormick: 2010-2011 Report Card

It's time to put the finishing touches on the 2010-2011 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 began with Luke Adam and will conclude in a month with Mike Weber. Thanks to Japers Rink and Mile High Hockey for the inspiration.

Step right up Cody McCormick.


Cody McCormick

#8 / Center / Buffalo Sabres

6-3

221

Apr 18, 1983

Contract Situation: Pending unrestricted free agent who earned $500,000 this year

2010 Grade: A



2011 Statistics GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT

Regular Season

Postseason

81

7

8

1

12

0

20

1

2

-2

142

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

104

7

7.7

14.3


Lowdown: Hired to be the club's muscle, Cody McCormick completed his duties, and then some. When he wasn't busy trying to clobber someone, the former Colorado Avalanche forward chipped in with decent offense. McCormick, with his feisty play and willingness to be a combatant against anyone who wanted to fight, got himself on the audience's good side. McCormick's first shift for the Sabres came in Game Four of their first round match-up with the Boston Bruins last year, and he set up a goal straightaway. Although they were defeated in six games, McCormick did no harm to his character—quite the opposite, in fact.

Key Stat: McCormick dropped his gloves 16 times in 2011, while the remainder of the team totaled 14 of their own bouts. His record was 7-3-6, and that last number refers to draws, not defeats in extra time. The three defeats came against heavyweights Sean O'Donnell, Travis Moen, and Milan Lucic. If he could pick who he loses to, those three would make their way on the list, as they are all battle hardened.

Did You Know? McCormick's greatest hockey moment is simply playing in the National Hockey League; not a certain fight or goal of his. Most players point to a specific game, but the 28-year-old is just pleased to be in this league, and that demonstrates what a hard working guy he is.

Moment Of Fame: Accepting two fights in one night against the Boston Bruins. Early on, he entertained Gregory Campbell with a few punches, and avoided suspension from his father. In the second period, Lucic got tangled up with McCormick and although Buffalo's enforcer didn't win this one, give him credit for participating again. Also, we applaud Lucic for not swinging while McCormick was vulnerable on the ice—classy move.

Moment Of Shame: Didn't fight once in the first round series, and the Philadelphia Flyers indulge in these sorts of invitations. More than a few people would have loved to see McCormick fight Daniel Carcillo, and turn the tide towards Buffalo. There's always next time, I suppose.

Thumbs Up: Established a new personal best for goals, assists, points, and penalty minutes. Saw eight minutes of ice time on average in the playoffs, and almost 11 minutes during the regular season. Did he pine about limited opportunities? No, he didn't. His 20 points were a bonus, as he's mainly deployed for the rough stuff and given his fighting record, it was refreshing to see that he avoided major injuries. Usually scores from around the edge of the crease, and doesn't get goaded into meaningless penalties. Blocked the most shots among forwards, proving how he makes the most of his minutes or that the others don't value this tactic.

Thumbs Down: Isn't an offensive producing forward, but we already knew that. Needs to work on his skating, and puck-handling if he is to increase his responsibilities. Might want to improve his efficiency on face-offs, as he won only 41.8 per cent of the draws he took. Cannot be overly rambunctious, as it leads to costly penalties.

Voting: On a scale of one to ten, one being the lowest and ten being the highest, grade Cody McCormick 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.

Topics Of Discussion: Do you want Cody McCormick to remain with the Buffalo Sabres? If so, how does his new contract look in your view? Could the team experiment with him as a net presence on the powerplay more often? What was your favorite moment from him this year?

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