I’m not going to lie, it is difficult writing the 2nd part for this piece. Last week I was pretty unhappy with the state of the Buffalo Sabres and I’m still not ecstatic today; however, I’m certainly not feeling as harsh as I did in the previous installment. My typical Sabres’ optimism has been restored simply by my love for this team, but I’ll try to apply the necessary pessimism to finish this article.
I really only want to highlight 2 more players on this team and for obvious reasons:
1. Drew Stafford
I was never a firm believer in Drew Stafford. I certainly appreciated his performance last season and his goal production was what many expected from him, but just seeing Stafford in the past kept me skeptical. I have never been sold on Drew Stafford and in my own opinion, I believe he is a bust.
I know I’m beating a dead horse in regards to Stafford. There are a lot of players in the NHL that just never live up to the hype, but from day 1 Stafford was supposed to be the Sabres’ power forward that they desperately needed. He was the “White Whale” that the Sabres had finally caught; however he ultimately turned out to be just another fish in the sea.
2. Derek Roy
Speaking of the “White Whale”, a number one center has superseded the need for a power forward on this team. I gave Derek Roy the benefit of the doubt this season. I argued the case for Derek Roy as a number one center. Boy, has he proved me wrong. To my defense, the season prior Derek Roy looked like a number one center before his injury. Despite his impressive, but short season, Roy still hasn’t been able to reproduce his pace that he was at last year and is actually on pace to have his worse season yet!
I guess Derek Roy isn’t a number one center and my optimism has blinded me again. It obvious this team needs a consistently productive center with some size. I know that isn’t the most glamorous of ideas, but it’s true and there is no hiding it. This team lacks size and with a offensively productive center with size would really fill a gaping whole that is pretty apparent.