Sabre Noise staff writer Cory Buck wrote an interesting piece earlier today entitled, 7 Young Buffalo Sabres Who Must Succeed in 2013-2014. In his
piece, he comments that he is one of the few fans who like Tyler Ennis more than Cody Hodgson. I like both players, although I feel Hodgson is and will continue to be the better player for the Sabres . . .
. . . but having said that, I got to thinking about which player has the gumption, the cojones, the moxie, to rise to the challenge next year and provide a boost for a Sabres team that is in full-on rebuilding mode. True, I see more upside to Hodgson’s game, especially if he backs up his talk with hard work on his defense and success in the face-off circle. Hodgson was the Sabres’ second-leading scoring last year, and could be on the verge of becoming a true number one center in the National Hockey League. Still, I wonder how well Hodgson handles adversity. It’s no secret that he tanked with Vanek out of the line-up last season, and with many pundits predicting the Sabres to be cellar dwellars most of the 2013-2014 season, does Hodgson have enough fire in his belly to double his efforts in an attempt to carry a young Sabres squad?
Meanwhile, Tyler Ennis was the third-leading scorer on the Sabres last year and is in the final year of his two-year contract extension. He’s a speedy, albeit slightly under-sized, player who can open up the ice and create scoring opportunities for himself and his teammates. He’s more likely to be seen backchecking than Hodsgon is, but Ennis is far from a great defender and is certainly not an intimidating presence. Neither is someone named Martin St. Louis, however, and his career seems to have gone all right. I’m not saying Ennis is going to be the same caliber of player that St. Louis is, but is it possible that his determination to prove his worth to the Sabres results in him outplaying Hodgson next season?
Time to vote! Which member of the Buffalo Sabres do you feel will have the better overall 2013-2014 season? As always, comments and tweets @theamazingMrS are welcome!!!