Drew Stafford, F
The Drew Stafford storyline is an interesting one to follow. For starters, he has never created the sort of expectations that Tyler Myers created during his sensational rookie campaign. His best season saw him go for 31-21-52 in 2010-2011, and he followed that season with a 50 point campaign. Good, but not superstar-good.
And Drew Stafford is a touch overpaid, yes, as he is set to make 4 mil this season with the Sabres – but it’s not like he was a free-agent that the Sabres went out and grossly overpaid for, as they did with Leino. Yet there’s probably as many fans of the blue and gold calling for Stafford to be traded than there are asking the same for Myers and Leino.
When Stafford is interested in playing hockey, he’s a second-line forward at best, and it’s not inconceivable to see him scoring close to 50 points in a full 82-game season. Sabres fans really can’t ask for much more than that, so just as is the case with Leino, I don’t think Stafford has as much work cut out for him as Myers does . . . but possibly the thing that infuriates fans about Stafford so much is that he just doesn’t seem to be fully invested in the sport of hockey. Maybe that will change due to the fact that he’s all growed up and married now . . . but I can tell you one thing: if he opens the season with as prolonged a slump as he opened last year’s campaign, the sharks will come out to feed, and it won’t be pretty.
Worst Case Scenario: Healthy-scratch city, toiling on the third line, and gone, baby gone long before April
You’ve heard the scenarios – now cast your vote. Which member of the 2013-2014 Buffalo Sabres has the most to prove, and the most to lose, come the regular season? Tyler Myers and his sky-high expectations? Ville Leino and his gi-normous contract? Drew Stafford and his questionable commitment? Vote!!!