I’ll admit it, I expected more spread out scoring this season. I also overestimated the offensive (and defensive) firepower this team had. I still think they’re deep, but it looks like there is a lack of chemistry with most of this team, with the exception of Pominville and Vanek – they look awesome.
Personally, I actually like how Leino and Boyes are playing, but offensively they aren’t shining like I expected. In all honesty, I thought both Boyes and Leino would be firing on all cylinders, especially Leino. I was duped by Ville Leino. I was singing his praises at the beginning of the season and had high expectations, but I have been severely underwhelmed.
The other disappointment thus far is Drew Stafford. After last season, I was wary about his big offensive season because I’ve seen several previous lackluster seasons from potential-filled Stafford, but it always appeared that laziness got in the way. Last season seemed to be the year that Stafford shed the immaturity skin and really filled the shoes of the much needed goal scoring power forward, but this season it seems again that he has taken a step back. Sure, I think he is playing much better than he has in previous seasons, but ol’ Staffjuice can’t buy a goal this season. Hopefully he’ll get back on track because the Pominville/Vanek well may go dry from time to time.
Finally, I just wanted to touch on Derek Roy. I was a bit concerned about Roy’s slow start, but I have since been relieved of that concern. Roy was having a tough time finding the score sheet, but now he has been much more consistent.
Simply enough, I believe the issues may stem from chemistry, but that isn’t surprising. The team had one of the biggest makeovers in several years. However, despite the possible chemistry issues, the Sabres are still among the top teams in the league. No worries yet from this guy.