This is a huge step in the right direction for the Buffalo Sabres. I'm not sure how much of an impact Gerbe will have in his first season but this is the first step in the Sabres rebuilding there popularity. Let's be honest as much as I try to put a positive spin on last season, it was a public relations nightmare. This is step one to rebuilding that.
Gerbe had a huge season at Boston College last year, including winning the National Championship and really making a huge impact at the Frozen Four. Gerbe will have every opportunity to make the team as a rookie and if he doesn't he will probably see some action at some point. In comparing him to other young players the Sabres have signed, Thomas Vanek had the luxury of one full season in Rochester because of the NHL lockout but Drew Stafford was called up during his first professional season.
Gerbe said, "I think this was a great oppurtunity for myself to further my career in hockey. It would be great going back to school and finishing up my degree and that's something I'm still going to pursue."
It appears that Gerbe has a good head on his shoulders and the fact that he is five foot nothing has pushed him is whole life. I don't think that will ever be a factor for Gerbe but only time will tell if that is fact.
WGR is also reporting that the Sabres are in talks with Tim Kennedy, Felix Schutz and Jhonas Enroth. Stay tuned for more information on these guys as it becomes available. All three players will be playing next season in the minors if they are signed but they will add some depth to the organization. It's still unclear where the Buffalo Sabres minor league team will be but it is certain that they will not share a team next season.