Raise your hand if you want to fire all of the sabres. I see a hand in the back. And another hand.
How should we value our current players? What players can the Sabres actually get?
Oh wait, Every hand is up. The frustration level is off the chart right now. I get it, I get it. That said, I am not really capable of the kind of ridiculous, in depth, statistical evaluation of recent posts.
What I do think is valuable is thinking, realistically, about what the players on our roster are worth. I'll go in descending order, and, keep in mind, these are largely subjective, and I'm not going to take too much into consideration stats like Player Value Threshold, Goal Value Threshold, etc. I'm thinking of trade value and/or draft pick value. AKA What each player on the roster would fetch in return if management really does burn it to the gound.
First Pile: Elite Players
Tyler Myers: Worth at least a top 5 pick or top 3 forward. Big, mobile, visionary defencemen don't come along very often.
Thomas Vanek: One of the top 5-10 LW in the league. Worth a top 5 pick or Top 3 forward.
Second Pile: Very good but not exactly irreplaceable: Christian Erhoff, Derek Roy, Jason Pominville, Andrej Sekera, Tyler Ennis, Nathan Gerbe, Drew Stafford, Ville Leino, Jordan Leopold, Jochen Hecht, Luke Adam, Jhonas Enroth, Robyn Regehr and Brad Boyes.
I recognize that these players, aside from Pominville, are not terribly popular at the moment, and, aside from Pominville, are all having down years or career worst years.
What is the trade value of these players? A comparable player or late first round early second round draft pick, and maybe, on the low end, a lower-end prospect or third round pick.
I think there will be pretty minimal return on any of these players - you might be able to package one of the young d-men with another player to up the value to a team that is thin on the position.
Fourth PIle: Hard to Quantify: Rookies, Blue Chip Prospects, Former/Future Stars.
Ryan Miller: How the heck do you value Ryan Miller? He can be dominant at stretches, despite his overall statistical mediocrity, and might be absolutely dominant on a team with 6 real NHL d-men, or he might still be mediocre.
I think to the right team, any of those guys could be extremely valuable. I think all of those players are extremely valuable to the Sabres organization.
What do you think of my kinda/sorta subjective rankings? I imagine there will be 20+ comments of Stafford Sucks! Roy Sucks! Grags Stinks! But that's not really what I'm going for here - more of getting some discussion of the relative value of our players, each of whom we hate right now (except for Thomas, Pommers, and Myers.)
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