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.
#20 / Left Wing / Buffalo Sabres
Apr 15, 1984
|2008 - Daniel Paille||73||12||15||27||0||20||0||0||2||0||80||15.0|
Key Stat: Paille found himself on the third or fourth line on most occasions and therefore had to make the most of his opportunities. Many people felt like Paille had a poor season but he was fifth on the team in points/60 minutes on the ice. He had almost two points(1.96) per sixty minutes that he was on the ice.
Interesting Stats: Paille was sixth on the team with 84 hits in limited ice time. Despite being known as a physical players Paille had zero fights and zero major penalties this season.
- MacArthur - Pominville (298 shifts - 3 points)
- Gaustad - Kaleta (264 shifts - 3 points)
- Gaustad - Kotalik (228 shifts - 0 points
- Kotalik - Mair (180 shifts - 2 points)
- Ellis - Mair (147 shif ts - 0 points)
The Good: Paille took advantage of his limited oppportunities this season. His point total of 1.96 points/60 minutes was fifth on the team and was even better than Derek Roy, te teams leadig scorer. Paille had 12 goals and 17 assists for a total of 29 points this season.
Paille took advanatge of his shot attempts as well. He scored 12 goals on 80 shots for 15% behind only Clarke MacArthur and Thomas Vanek.
Paille proved to be one of the best value players on the team tis season. He earned just $33,333 for every point this season with his 27 points.
The Bad: Playing on the third and fourth lines he was asked to be responsible in his own zone. His minus 14 giveaway/takeaway ratio was a big reason that he found himself on the bench and in the press box so often. He had only 14 takeaways while giving the puck
away 28 times.
Paille scored 19 goals in the 2007-2008 campaign but seen that total decrease this season. It's easy to argue that he wasn't given an opportuity but overall it was still a decrease in overall productivity.
2008-2009 Salary: $900,000
2009-2010 Status: signed for $1,350,000
Vote: It's time to grade Paille for his play in Buffalo during 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: Is Paille being misused by Lindy Ruff? Should he be used as a third-fourth liner or does his point production deserve a promotion to the top two lines? Will he have a breakout season in a contract year?