How sacred are the top ten goal scorers in Buffalo Sabres history? With the way things are headed in the league, the Buffalo Sabres may never see the likes of a franchise type player that will stick around
long enough to score enough goals to get into the top ten as a Buffalo Sabre.
Thomas Vanek on the other hand – has the ability to continue his push up the ladder, and could end up higher than his current spot on the all time Buffalo Sabres roster in sixth, with 250 goals as a Sabre.
Tops on the list for the Buffalo Sabres is Mr. Sabre himself, Gilbert Perreault with 512 goals. A pretty impressive number, given the fact that he started out with a brand new franchise and wasn’t surrounded by the wingers that made the French Connection line until late in the 1971-1972 season. With the guidance and scoring from the Perreault, the Buffalo Sabres made the playoffs every year except four while Perreault donned the blue and gold. He played a total of 17 seasons with the Buffalo Sabres. Thomas Vanek needs to score 263 more goals to beat out Perreault for the number on spot. It is a safe bet that Perreault will always remain the top goal scorer for the Buffalo Sabres.
Second on the list of goal scorers is the late great Rick Martin. Having played with Gilbert Perreault in the juniors, the Buffalo Sabres drafted Martin in the 1971 draft – the second piece in the famed line to join the team. Martin amassed an impressive number of goals himself, but only scored 382 goals through his days in Buffalo. While it seems that Perreualt was a much better goal scorer, Martin scored his goals across ten NHL seasons, seven less than Perreault. Though the first ten years of his career, Martin notched 44 more goals than Perreault. Thomas Vanek needs 132 more goals in a Buffalo Sabres sweater to reach the number two spot.
Only one other Buffalo Sabres player has reached the 300 goal plateau – Dave Andreychuk. Andreychuk put up 368 goals in his career with the Buffalo Sabres. Thomas Vanek can reach number three all time on the Buffalo Sabres roster another 118 goals.
The most probable movement for Thomas Vanek, who currently sits sixth overall all time for the Buffalo Sabres is moving up as high as number four on the list. Directly in front of him stands Craig Ramsay, who only holds a two goal lead on Vanek. Odds are in his favor to move into number five in the first month of play this season.
The odds are also in his favor to reach the number four spot, currently held by Danny Gare. Gare scored 267 goals in a Buffalo Sabres sweater. Vanek need only score 18 goals to surpass Gare. Vanek has never scored less than 20 goals in a season – a full year with the Sabres could have him sitting in fourth.
How far will Thomas Vanek move up the ladder before his days in Buffalo are over?