Mike Weber is a young defenseman who has worked hard to earn a spot on the Buffalo Sabres roster, but he has not locked down that position and has been a rotational player. Over the past two seasons, he has split time with Marc-Andre Gragnani, playing 58 games last season and 51 games this season. Following Gragnani’s late season surge in 2010-11, Weber was the 7th man out at the start of this season, but inconsistent play led to Weber earning himself some ice time. Once the defense began dropping like flies, first Myers, then Erhoff, and Sekera, Weber was able to stay in the line-up for an extended time. As the blue liners became healthy again in Weber held onto that spot, relegating Grags to the press-box until he was eventually sent packing in the Hodgson-Kassian deal for Alex Sulzer. Unfortunately for Weber, however, he lost ice time when Sulzer found amazing chemistry with fellow countryman Christian Erhoff, but due to on and off injuries, Weber stayed in the line-up for the most part.
Weber did not perform well offensively this season with only 1 goal and 4 assists with a -19. However, fans and coaches all hope he plays as a shut-down defender, much like Robyn Regher. Weber played well in this roll for the most part but still did not live up to the expectations of being the bruising back checker selected in the 2nd round of the 2006 draft. Weber is under contract for one more year at $950,000, before becoming a restricted free agent. Expect him to go nowhere and to fight for the #5 and #6 spots on the roster with Sulzer and McNabb, unless Darcy signs another defender.
There isn’t much to go on with Weber due to his lack of minutes, but he is reaching his prime and has played many years professionally, two years in the NHL and three years in the AHL. He is still young and still has a chance to prove himself, so let’s see how he is if he is given a full season to work.
Next up is: #8 Cody McCormick