It's time to put the finishing touches on the 2008-2009 season for the Buffalo Sabres. Here is a complete report card of every single player that played a significant amount of time with the Sabres this season. Thanks to Japers Rink and Mile High Hockey for the inspiration.
#61 / Right Wing / Buffalo Sabres
Sep 04, 1979
|2008 - Maxim Afinogenov||48||6||14||20||-7||20||0||0||0||0||93||6.5|
Key Stat: Max scored zero power play goals despite being ranked eighth in power play ice time among forwards. He averaged 2:17/game of power play ice time.
Interesting Stat: Max earned $3.5 million to score 20 points this season. He earned $175,000 for every point he scored this season. Only Henrik Tallinder and Andrew Peters earned more per point.
Line Combinations: (limited to top five to save space)
- Ales Kotalik - Adam Mair (534)
- Dominic Moore - Daniel Paille (142)
- Adam Mair - Dominic Moore (86)
- Clarke MacArthur - Adam Mair (85)
- Daniel Paille - Derek Roy (80)
Fun Fact: Scored is first hat trick on 12/31/2003 in a 7-1 win over the Washington Capitals. Miroslav Satan also netted a hat trick in that game and Andrew Peters scored his first NHL goal that evening.
Report: I have been very critical of the way that Afinogenov was utilized this season. He was never really given an opportunity to play on a line with other offensive players. We all love Adam Mair but he is not a play-making Center to help Afinogenov utilize his speed.
Max did have an opportunity to succeed on the power play but he scored zero goals. If he showed some goal scoring touch on the power play, it may have opened things up for him at even strength.
2008-2009 Salary (Cap Number): $3,500,000 ($3,333,333)
2009-2010 Status: UFA
Vote: It's time to grade Afinogenov for his play in the 2008-2009 season. Every player has expectations so vote based on those expectations. If a player played to their potential they should receive a "C" if they exceeded expectations they would receive a "B" or an "A".
Discuss: Where will Max play next season? Was he given a fair shot with the Sabres this season? When you think of Max Afinogenov, what is the first thing that comes to mind?
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