Buffalo Sabres prospect and goaltender of the future Jonas Enroth has been selected in the fourth round by Atlant Moscow Reg.
What does this mean for the Sabres young star, well if the future does not appear soon enough for him, he could choose to go back to Europe and play in the Russian league.
The question is, who benefits from this? Would Enroth abandon the team that drafted him 46th overall in the second round of a stable, historical league, or would he jump to a team that selected him 66 overall, out of a draft that only saw 91 players selected, for a team in a league that is having problems paying players? Portland, with Enroth in the crease made another run at the AHL championship, and should continue to make the AHL playoffs every year.
Atlant Moscow Reg finished second in the league with 122 points, and allowing only 111 goals, fewest in the league – whats the rush in joining a team that sounds like it has a decent goaltender?
Plus, Enroth has an entry level contract with the Sabres – which should make him ineligible to be drafted by the KHL. If the Sabres fear losing him to the KHL, all they have to do is sign him to a nice deal that will keep him in a Sabres uniform longer.
With questions arising regarding the health and durability of journeyman backup Patrick Lalime, it might be time to allow Enroth to learn his trade from two of the best possible teachers, Ryan Miller and Jim Corsi – both Olympians.
Lindy Ruff is going to misuse his backup goaltender again next year anyway, so why not let the kid learn the NHL game the hard way, under the bright lights of the show.