Playing Frankenstein: Buffalo Sabres Lines By Me

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Buffalo Sabres fans, can you feel the excitement in the air?

You can?  Then your hands are somewhere they are not supposed to be, my friends, because I was only using a metaphor to describe the elation we all experience emotionally when hockey season rolls around!

Feb 21, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Buffalo Sabres interim head coach Ron Rolston on the bench during a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto defeated Buffalo 3-1. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Sabres begin their 2013-2014 training camp tomorrow, with the preseason kicking off for the boys in blue and gold Sunday against the Montreal Canadiens.   In anticipation of the beginning of the season, I have decided to put my Victor Frankenstein cap on and concoct four forward line combinations I would like to see the Buffalo Sabres employ during the preseason.  We all criticize coaches pretty freely, so I figured I would give this a whirl in order to see just how difficult it can be to strategically create successful NHL lines.

That way, I can criticize Ron Rolston all I want, having walked a mile in his shoes!

Just kidding . . . sort of.  Onto my lines!

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  • Jes

    I like it. The only thing I would change is probably Larsson as I do believe Girgensons is ahead of him on the depth charts. And Armia will need some seasoning in the AHL, I wouldn’t put him up right away. Let him play like 15-20 games in the AHL before we start doing anything like putting him on the first line of an NHL club. But I do believe Hodgson won’t be signed by seasons start so I believe the lines will look like this at the beginning of the year

    Vanek – Grigorenko – Stafford (We need to get his trade stock up)
    Leino – Girgensons – Ennis
    Ott – Larsson – Flynn (Don’t know why you have him as a center he’s a RW)
    Foligno – Porter – Kaleta

    A quarter way through the season I see something like this

    Vanek – Hodgson – Armia
    Leino – Grigorenko – Ennis
    Ott – Girgensons/Larsson – Stafford (I think this is his last season, will be bought out or traded at deadline)
    Foligno – Porter? – Flynn/Kaleta

  • Caitlin Campbell

    I’m Curious as to why you have Foligno on the 4th line? He’s a budding star and keeping him on the 4th line isn’t going be good for his development.

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      I’m nowhere near a fan of Foligno as you are, CC. Don’t know why, but I just am not. I know what you are saying, but I feel worse about putting Flynn on the 4th than I do Foligno.

      • Caitlin Campbell

        Not a fan of my boy Marcus? I’m hoping he develops into an elite powerforward one day.

        • Jes

          Foligno won’t be an elite power forward. Way to inconsistent. He’ll be a guy who shows up here and there much like he does now. Only real time he shined was the hot streak him Stafford and Ennis had late a couple years ago and last years between the legs goal. Other than that honestly he hasn’t been that good. Well not good enough to be considered to be an elite PF one of these days. I hope I’m wrong because I love his style of play. Once we use our buyout next year on maybe both Leino and Stafford, Foligno could have a much bigger role next year.

          • Caitlin Campbell

            I don’t agree with the fact that he’s inconsistent. Last season was only his 2nd year in the NHL. He needs another season to develop and mature and then you’ll see the real Foligno. He’s big, tough reminds me of JVR in Toronto. He’ll definitely have a leadership role on this team for years to come.

          • Jes

            I dunno JVR? That’s over valuing Foligno right now, to be comparing the two. Physical set wise JVR? Yes, but skillset wise? Nope.

  • jimbobv2

    I would go with something like this to start:

    Foligno-Hodgson-Stafford
    Vanek-Ennis-Tropp
    Leino-Grigorenko-Ott
    Kaleta-Larsson-Flynn

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