The Buffalo Sabres made their final cuts on Wednesday and have announced their team for opening night. This will be part 3 of a three part post entitled Meet the Sabres. It will basically be a quick guide to every player on the Sabes roster and what I expect from each player this season. Today we take a look at the Forwards that remain on the Sabres roster heading into the season.
For the sake of space I will keep my thoughts brief in this section. Keep in mind the Sabres are carrying 13 forwards on the opening night roster and that is not including injured forward Adam Mair that is not on the roster. I will break the forwards up by line and will include Tim Kennedy as an extra.
#26 / Left Wing / Buffalo Sabres
Jan 19, 1984
What to Expect: There is a faction of people that think Thomas Vanek had a disappointing season in 2008-2009. If 40 goals and 64 points is a bad season, I'll take another bad season this year. With that being said, I think Vanek is ready to explode this season. He played a much more physical game in the Pre-Season and I think he'll continue to play that way.
I would be extremely surprised if Vanek is not a 50 goal scorer this season. He has all the talent in the world and he has a goal scorers touch. Vanek is a power play specialist and can still improve at even strength. He would be helped considerably if given the opportunity to play on a line with Connolly and Pominville.
#9 / Center / Buffalo Sabres
May 04, 1983
What to Expect: Derek Roy is Derek Roy. Lindy Ruff has stated publicly that him and D-Roy have spent a lot of time together this off-season with the World Championships, Olympic camp and training camp. He also stated publicly that D-Roy is still too cute with the puck and needs to shoot more. I like Derek Roy but if he hasn't learned by now, he is not ever learning.
#21 / Right Wing / Buffalo Sabres
Oct 30, 1985
What to Expect: Drew Stafford waited until the beginning of training camp to sign a reasonable contract with the Buffalo Sabres. Stafford would like to hit a big payday in two seasons and that starts with an increase in his numbers this season. If he stays healthy and plays with Derek Roy all season, he should be a 25-30 goal scorer.
#41 / Left Wing / Buffalo Sabres
Apr 06, 1985
What to Expect: C-Mac earned his spot in the top six after scoring 17 goals last season. I would guess that Lindy Ruff will have a short leash with him if he is not playing well. It could be argued that Daniel Paille could very easily play in the top six in his place.
#19 / Center / Buffalo Sabres
May 07, 1981
What to Expect: What can I say about Tim Connolly that hasn't been said already? If Tim Connolly stays healthy he will be a point-per-game player, if he doesn't...it would be expected.
#29 / Right Wing / Buffalo Sabres
Nov 30, 1982
What to Expect: Jason Pominville was criticized heavily for his play last season, some of it was warranted but some of it was unfair. Expect a bounce back season for Pominville. He was stuck on a line with Jochen Hecht most of the season and the two played like they were drowning in quicksand. Pominville is expected to play with Connolly and C-Mac this season.
#55 / Center / Buffalo Sabres
Jun 21, 1977
#28 / Center / Buffalo Sabres
Feb 03, 1982
#25 / Right Wing / Buffalo Sabres
Jan 05, 1975
#13 / Left Wing / Buffalo Sabres
Apr 30, 1986
#20 / Left Wing / Buffalo Sabres
Apr 15, 1984
#37 / Left Wing / Buffalo Sabres
Aug 31, 1981
#36 / Right Wing / Buffalo Sabres
Jun 08, 1986