This is just a quick poll and a quick question:
For the Poll: Aside from Patrick Kane, which Western New York Natives would you like to have on the Sabres, or if any, or which player do you like the best? Patrick Kane is excluded in the poll as he's the obvious choice.
And the question:
If Patrick Kane were to hit Unrestricted Free Agency in 2015, would you be against the Sabres making a pitch for him (and not necessarily signing him)?
Here are some brief profiles on the WNY natives (Assets and Flaws provided by The Hockey News, and Hockey's Future)
Assets: Always leads by example. Is tenacious on the forecheck and a very hard worker. Also owns a decent pair of hands and defensive acumen. Can play either wing position.
Flaws: Isn't overly big or strong, so his ability to dominate play in the corners will always come into question. Isn't a natural finisher, so scoring slumps will happen.
Overview: Versatile two-way winger with energy, and a born leader.
Last season stats: 17 goals- 19 assists, 36 points in 65 gps
Brooks Orpik. D Pittsburgh, PA:
***Stanley Cup Champion, 2009
Assets: Has excellent recovery speed and leadership ability. Plays a punishing brand of hockey, is good at keeping the game simple and adept at blocking shots. Can be used in a shutdown role.
Flaws: Lacks offensive ability and struggles when he has to handle the puck a lot. Doesn't shoot the puck enough. Can get himself out of position when lining opponents up for a big hit. Takes a few bad penalties.
Overview: Veteran physical defenseman.
Last season stats: 2 goals- 11 assists- 13 points -3 , 21:11 TOI/G
Can be a special-teams factor, and can even play the point on the power play. Owns good quickness and a sneaky wrister. Can play either wing position and displays goal-scoring acumen.
Doesn't have a lot of refinement in his play without the puck. Is somewhat undersized, which hinders his ability to win puck battles consistently. He's too streaky as a scorer.
Overview: Inconsistent, but decent veteran Winger
Last season stats: 12 goals , 22 assists, 34 points
Displays outstanding work ethic and grit. Has all-around ability and a willingness to learn and improve. Pays the price to put up offensive numbers. Can play anywhere needed, and any role.
Lacks a little consistency from game to game, including in the physical department. Isn't as gifted as his father Mike in terms of scoring goals, nor is he as big as brother Marcus.
Last season stats: 18 goals, 21 assists, 29 points, +5
Notes: #2 Prospect in the Chicago Blackhawks system (#1 Defenseman)
Hockeys Future Scouting Report:
"Clendening is an offensive defenseman blessed with superb puck-moving ability and on-ice vision. His excellent puck skills are one reason why many scouts are so high on Clendening. He can see plays develop and follows them quite well. He can also be found frequently jumping into plays too. Clendening's ability to move the puck and patience with it makes him an ideal quarterback on the power play. He makes very good decisions with the puck and distributes the puck very well. Clendening can also control the tempo of the game from the blue line. He is an excellent skater with good speed that can keep up with many of the faster opposing forwards. He also transitions quite well too. One area where Clendening will need to improve is keeping his feet moving more consistently. While he is known for his offensive prowess, Clendening is also solid defensively. He doesn't shy away from the physical side of the game and plays with a good deal of intensity. However, Clendening could stand to utilize his intensity and grit more to the benefit of his team. He possesses a very good shot and can get pucks to the net by taking quality chances."
Last season stats (AHL Rockford IceHogs): 12 goals, 47 assists, 59 points +5
(2nd in AHL Defense scoring, 3rd the year before)
Brian Gionta. LW and Captain, Montreal Canadiens
***Stanley Cup Champion, 2003
Plays with loads of feistiness and energy. Shows excellent offensive and two-way ability. Has excellent quickness and acceleration. Possesses nifty skills and instincts around an opposing net, and will even take a pounding in front of it.
Does battle inconsistency in terms of production. Over time he can also wear down with overuse, mainly because of his smallish stature. When he plays too much, he tends to start making mental mistakes. Injuries are increasingly problematic.
Overview: Diminutive but savvy veteran scoring winger.
Last Season stats: 18 goals, 22 assists, 40 points, +1
Is versatile, works very hard to improve his game and can produce points at lower levels. At the highest level, he provides a lot of energy as a bottom-six forward.
Is undersized in a big way for the National Hockey League game, which will always hamper his overall skills. Can't be used too much or he'll wear down physically.
Last Season stats: 4 Goals, 7 Assists, 11 points, 66 GP