Jhonas Enroth will see his first call to action this weekend, as the Buffalo Sabres have three games in four nights, including a home and home against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday and Friday night, and a Sunday matinee against the Washington Capitals.
The plan of the year was to give the Buffalo Sabres tiny backup 10-12 games this shortened season, to keep Ryan Miller as fresh as possible for the potential playoff run the organization is anticipating will happen.
In 41 appearances for the Buffalo Sabres, Enroth has 17 wins. His first season with the team as the standing backup goalie he boasted a winning record, while last year he hit a rough slump of games that saw him go 8-11-4.
Enroth will have to be up to the challenge of stepping in when Miller needs the time off, and constant action is when Enroth has proven his worth. While he has shown that sitting on the bench for awhile does not make his game rusty, the elfish sized goalie by NHL standards will see his call to action slightly more frequently in this compressed schedule.
The Buffalo Sabres play nine back to back scenarios, and the team is hopeful in getting him 10 games – see a pattern?
The organization has to be watching the crease in Buffalo if they are thinking long term goals of the organization. This is the final season of Jhonas Enroth’s contract – and will be a restricted free agent heading into next season. Next year is the final year on Ryan Miller’s contract before he see’s free agency.