#44 / Defenseman / Buffalo Sabres
Jun 08, 1986
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Contract: Signed through the 2014-15 season at $2.75 million
Report Card Grade in 2012: 7 out of 10
Introduction: Andrej Sekera is a player who's caused some dissension among Sabres fans over the past few seasons. On the one hand, he's a very solid, reliable, two-way defenseman, but on the other hand, he doesn't stand out in any category that's easy for fans to relate to.
Key Stat: Splits are the key stat(s) for Sekera. In the first two months of the season, he was a -6 with just 4 points, while over the last two Sekera posted a +4 with 8 points. In home games, Charles Barkley would have called Sekera turrible, with a -7 in 19 games, but in 18 road games he was a +5. We've seen Sekera's talent in the past, but one of his issues has always been consistency. The 27-year old is entering a phase of his career where he needs to show it more consistently over the next two seasons if he's going to earn his big payday in the summer of 2015.
Thumbs Up: Andrej Sekera played against the most difficult competition of any defenseman on the Sabres blue line. Sekera was the tenth highest scorer on the team, and second highest among defensemen behind Christian Ehrhoff. He racked up over 21 minutes of ice time, third on the team, and accrued only 4 minutes of penalty time. The Slovakian d-man racked up 73 blocked shots, good for third on the team, despite playing in only 37 games.
Thumbs Down: Sekera had the third worst Relative Corsi mark on the team, meaning the opposition outshot the Sabres while he was on the ice more than almost anyone on the team. He doesn't hit much, with only 30 in 27 games, and had almost twice as many giveaways as takeaways. He contributes a bit on both the power play and penalty kill, though not much compared to other blueliners.
Voting: Using the good old grade school system of A, B, C, D, F, with A representing a great season, C an average season, and F a very poor season, grade Andrej Sekera on his performance this year according to the expectations you had for him.