The Buffalo Sabres have a lot invested in Nathan Gerbe, and if history of the organization holds true, they are not going to give up on him just yet. The question is though, how many lives should Nathan Gerbe have?
At 5’5″ and a soaking wet 180 pounds, he is a smallish forward. Without an immense amount of skill, smallish forwards don’t tend to last in the NHL.
In 38 NHL games, almost a half season he has two goals. Two. Two. Let that sink in a little bit. Instead of going out and building a team around good players, we are waiting for a 5th round draft pick, whose had one good partial season in the AHL to be one of our top six forwards? It just doesn’t seem to make good hockey sense, and supposedly we have a GM and coach who have been with the same team for the longest current tenure that have kept their jobs because they were smart hockey men?
Most games I forget he is even on the ice because he is such a non-factor. Some guys have great hockey skills, some guys are role players, others dominate at other levels of the game, but can’t translate to the NHL. I think we have found one of those players who could make a great living at the AHL level of the game, but just doesn’t have what it takes to take it one step further.