Apr. 14, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Matt Carle (25) tries to block a shot by Buffalo Sabres left wing Tyler Ennis (63) during the second period at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Poll: Will Cody Hodgson or Tyler Ennis Have the Better Overall 2013-2014 Campaign for the Buffalo Sabres?

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

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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!!!

Who has the better overall 2013-2014 season: Tyler Ennis or Cody Hodgson?

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  • Kevin

    I chose Ennis, but I worry about who his linemates will be, and if they will help him have a good year. He is not an an elite player that can get the big time points on his own. Having said that even they need help. Hodgson will have the services of Vanek but who will be his right wing? I say we put a checking forward there. Problem is who?

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      John Scott!!!!!

      • Kevin

        No Rich! One with some actual talent. :D

        • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

          I’m sure Big John is talented at something . . . .

  • lamarred1118

    they both better improve their defensive abilities or the team is screwed

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      Forwards play defense? :D

  • Robert Murphy

    Voted Ennis. Don’t believe Hodgson will be with the Sabres after this year.

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      Interesting! Check out my newest post!

  • davidmuscalo

    Hodgson, definitely! I think Ennis is about as good as he will ever get. I don’t think he will suit-up as a Sabre at the beginning of the 2014-2015 season.

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      I also voted Hodgson, but I don’t know about the Sabres passing on re-signing Ennis. We’ll see how those young kids do!

      • davidmuscalo

        One of the problems I have with Ennis is his water- bug style of skating from the defensive zone to the offensive. He loses energy with to much side ward motion which slows his entry into the offensive zone. Consequently, since he is not big enough to overcome the defense that, because of his wasted motion, have sufficient time to prepare for his arrival.