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.
#22 / Center / Buffalo Sabres
Feb 15, 1979
|2008 - Adam Mair||75||8||11||19||4||95||0||0||1||0||75||10.7|
Key Stat: Mair finished the season with 107 hits. His 107 were good enough to be fourth on the team despite his limited playing time. The Sabres are known for being a soft team and guys like Mair are around to be enforcers.
Interesting stat: Mair was among the lowest on the team in ice time. Mair averaged only 10:35 of ice time per game. Only Patrick Kaleta (8:55), Matt Ellis (8:50) and Andrew Peters (4:01) had less ice time per game than Mair did.
- Max Afinogenov - Ales Kotalik (534 shifts - 3 points)
- Ales Kotalik - Daniel Paille (180 shifts - 3 points)
- Matt Ellis - Daniel Paille (147 shifts - 0 points)
- Paul Gaustad - Daniel Paille (144 shifts - 3 points)
- Paul Gaustad - Dominic Moore (137 shifts - 2 points)
The Good: Mair is known as a tough hard hitting player but his defensive play is seriously under-rated. The Sabres allowed 2.44 goals/60 minutes when Mair is off the ice. That number drops to an incredible 1.73 goals/60 minutes when he is on the ice. Mair was also third on the team with a plus four in the more common plus/minus stat.
He was fourth on the team with a total of 107 hits and he was third with a total of 95 penalty minutes. As one of the physical leaders of the team, he is asked to sometimes get involved in fights. He had a total of five fights this season and was 4-0 with one draw according to hockeyfights.com.
The Bad: Mair is naturally a Center although he does play some wing as well. He should be used more often on the wing because winning face-offs is not one of his strengths. Mair took a total of 414 face-offs this season and won only 48.3% of his draws. That was good for fourth on the team behind Roy, Gaustad and Moore.
As a physical player he is expected to take more penalties than a skill player. Although his penalty minutes are expected to be higher is penalty plus minus should not. Mair is ranked along with the worst in the league as minus 16. He drew a total of 14 penalties but was called for 30.
Some of his defensive totals might be on the rise because of the quality competition he faces. His -0.07 quality of competition was the worst on the team among the regulars. Only Tim Kennedy, Mark Mancari and Nathan Paetsch played against lower quality competition.
2008-2009 Salary: $750,000
2009-2010 Status: signed for $775,000
Vote: It's time to grade Mair 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: Should Mair be used more as a defensive Forward or are is totals due to the competition he faces? Should Mair be kept after he becomes an unrestricted free agent next season? Should Mair be moved to the Wing instead of his natural position of Center?
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