Man what a game. Sure they played primarily against AHL players and washed up forwards (Bill Guerin, Jody Shelley), but it was still quite entertaining. Fortunately for me, I was able to acquire choice seats to the game. Sitting only 2 rows up behind the Sabres net was wonderful. Typically I’m a “300 level guy” and I claim that they are much better seats because “you can see the whole ice”, but I have to admit, I could get used to those seats.
As impressive as my seats were, the Sabres looked it even more. They seemed to be firing on all cylinders and they were just embarrassing the goalies Backlund and Bobrovsky. The game did start off a bit sloppy, but Miller and Co. really turned their game around. Although the whole team played very well, I have to say the 2 most impressive players were Tyler Myers and Drew Stafford.
There is no surprise that Tyler Myers looked impressive. He looked like the power play QB that everyone is demanding the Sabres get. Several times Myers left forwards sprawling on the ground while he tip toed around them, thus leaving him open for a shot or a quality pass. He was also impressive on the defensive end of the game. One instance that comes to mind is when he out worked and out muscled the very tough Jody Shelley. Shelley attempted to outwork Myers, but he stood his ground while Shelley slid hard into the boards. Shelley got up off the ground, gave Myers a respectful tap on the behind and cruised off the ice. Sabres fans really need to get excited about this kid. He’s the real deal and I don’t see a “sophomore slump” coming.
Drew Stafford was also quite impressive last night and that is hard for me to admit seeing I am very skeptical about him. Stafford shined like a superstar. He used his size and strength to drive to the net; he used his skill to dance around defenders (he had one of the nicest dekes I’d ever seen); and he used his grit to put some bodies on the ice. I had to admit, he looked very good. However, this is only preseason and it doesn’t mean anything until the regular season. I hope he can keep his preseason play up because if he can, I don’t see anyone stopping the Sabres this year.
I hope everyone is as excited as I am for the season to start. I think Buffalo has a really good hockey team this year, so watch out and hold on– it’s hockey season.