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Poll: The Worst Player For the Buffalo Sabres Thus Far...


Last night’s effort from the Buffalo Sabres was much better, but in typical Buffalo Sabres fashion they still found a way to lose the game. No matter how well they played last night, the bottom line is the Buffalo Sabres still sit winless four games in. We have two solid goaltenders who have been standing on their heads between the pipes but the offence keeps letting them down.

Today I’ve been assigned the task of being the negative one as Rich tackles the positive side. Now you’re probably sitting there wondering

what positive side we’re talking about with a winless team, but somewhere, if you look hard enough there are positives. In Rich’s poll you’ll have a chance to vote for who you think has been the best Buffalo Sabre through the first four games. In this poll you’ll have the chance to vote for who you think has been the worst Buffalo Sabre. Make sure you have your say in both polls!

Picking players who haven’t been playing well for the Sabres isn’t a difficult task as there are only 5 players who have registered a point. Compare that to a team in first place like the Toronto Maple Leafs- man that hurt to type- where they have 12 players who have registered a point and you realize the Sabres have a lot of work to do as a team.

The answer to the Sabres struggles is pretty simple; Score more goals. They scored two goals last night and that’s the most they’ve recorded in a game this season. It’s rare to win a hockey game when you score less than 3 goals and right now the Sabres are struggling to score just 1.

So, who has been the worst player for the Sabres thus far? You can’t blame the netminders as they’ve been playing unreal to start off the year. Next you move to the defence. Rasmus Ristolainen hasn’t looked great but he’s a young, rookie of course he’s going to make mistakes. Tyler Myers seems to be bouncing back, but he’s still making his fair share of mistakes in his own end. Finally we reach the forwards who can’t seem to score. Drew Stafford and Mikhail Grigorenko have both looked lost out on the ice. The game seems to fly past them as they just stand and watch the other team and that’s a cause for concern especially with Grigorenko. What about a player like Thomas Vanek who has been limited to just 1 goal? Sure he hasn’t exactly been playing poorly, but I think everyone was expecting more from him.

When you look at the Sabres roster there are no shortages of disappointment right now. To see 3/4 of the team without a point, including road captain Steve Ott and rookie sensation Grigorenko leaves you shaking your head.

So place your vote for the player who has been performing the worst to kick off the season. Let me know in the comments who you chose and why.

Who Has Been the Worst Player on the Buffalo Sabres

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  • Ian

    It’s not even fair to put John Scott in this poll because he isnt relied on to do anything but enforce. These other guys are supposed to be contributing in a much more impactful way. With that said my vote is Drew Stafford. He’s a vet now, he needs to put up or shut up. I’m ok with giving Myers some time to refind his knack and Rasmus is gonna have that painful rookie learning curve. It’s time for Stafford to get into form or ship him out before it’s too late to get any value for him.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      I know, I just put John Scott on their for giggles and because I’m not a huge fan of his. Stafford is a solid choice, it’s time for him to step his game up for sure. No excuse for his poor play.

      • Kevin

        I thought Scott played a great game for him. He made some plays, won some battles along the boards. Looked like a real player instead of a statue on skates.

        • Ian

          yeah i’d agree with that kevin. I understand why some Sabres fans don’t like him, because all he is good for is being a punching bag, but at the same time, that’s all they signed him for. He does a good job of doing what he was assigned to do

          • Dano

            Actually, Scott is quite a decent Defenseman. If one compares his 09/10 performance with the Wild to Myers as of late. Scott beats him statistically. In his NCAA days ( Imagine that, Scott has a degree and played in College! ) he didnt fight ( not allowed/banned ).

            I would say Scott is a motivational tool moreso then a ‘ Punching bag ‘.

          • Timothy Redinger

            Dano – as much as I hate having Scott on the roster (he is a smart guy, I believe I heard his degree is mechanical engineering) I like your points and – he is the type of player the Buffalo Sabres need until the team as a whole is a lot tougher. When the Sabres realize (and probably never will under Darcy) that you need team toughness not just an enforcer – we will be stuck with that mentality.

          • Dano

            Alas friend, the thought of having a team that could stand up for itself is lost upon those of us whom Watched and played the game before 2000.

            There is an absolutely HUGE disconnect between the fans ( and players ) of today from ‘ those times ‘.

            In present times, the Twits on twitter all cry about ‘ suffering ‘.. They have no idea of the definition of the word. Having a Schultz, Kelly, Dupont, Clarke.. or ( heaven forbid ) the O’Reily Gang roll into town.. THAT was ‘ suffering ‘!

            Too many ‘ Fans ‘ of today dont realize Stevie Yzerman, Gretzky, and Bobby Orr wouldnt have set the marks they did without a Probert/Kocur, Semenko/McSorley or a whole team standing up for their ‘ stars ‘.

            Hockey is becoming a direct reflection of todays society. Fans/pansies whom deserve a ‘ time out ‘ and cry too much on ‘ social networks ‘.

            I think a lot of the Buffalo fans of today werent even old enough to remember the 1999 cup run we had. 8th seed taking on #1 from the west. Youtube makes them believe they know all about it though.

            Buffalos Roster? Barnaby, Ray, Peca, Kruse, Primeau, Brown.. We had a ‘ checking line ‘ for christs sakes!

            One of the most disappointing days of my life.. 3 overtimes.. at the early hours of the morning.. Watching with my own eyes.. the Cup being skated.. by Dallas!

            Suffering? ROFLMAO!

            Todays fans though.. they want soccer on skates. They feel ‘ Entitled ‘ to it.

          • Jes

            Thank you Mohandas Ghandi!!

            So true what your saying though.

          • Caitlin Campbell

            Well the suffering we’re talking about is on the scoreboard, not physical. But have you tried watching the Sabres first 4 games? A lot of them have been down right painful lol.
            The entitlement stems right from today’s players though. They believe they deserve the big money for doing little (Kadri) or believe they don’t have to work hard if they’re a top prospect or draft pick. There is a lot of selfish entitlement in the game today and because the players are entitled so are the fans.

          • lamarred1118

            Hell, lets stick him in front of the goalie for a screen and see if he can do something.

          • Caitlin Campbell

            I’d love to see him park in front of the oppositions net, even on his knee’s he’d be a solid screen

          • Caitlin Campbell

            Well having Ott and Foligno (who is surprisingly) tough is going to help that mentality as a team. But they have a few too many soft players and Hodgson and Vanek are the biggest two.

          • Ian

            Dano i definitely like and appreciate the point you make, but unfortunately it isnt 09/10 and he isn’t a defenseman lol. Now he’s just sent out there to punish along the boards and stick up for his teammates via his fists. No doubt he has some skill, it’s not like anyone can play in the NHL, so i would personally LOVE to see him utilized better. Stick his rump in front of the goalie. If the coaches could work with him on his stick work in front of the net, think of what a force that man could be. Brian bickell, dustin penner type player, which the Sabres could really use to balance all the quick, young, speedy, forwards the Sabres have. I think he could be a very big peace to the puzzle if the coaching staff takes on a slightly different mentality towards him

          • Dano

            I believe he would do quite well in front of the net. How would they move him and would they really want to put the lumber into his back knowing what his retaliation might feel like? ;)

          • Caitlin Campbell

            as long as he doesn’t camp out in front of Enroth on defence because then we’re screwed.

          • Caitlin Campbell

            I like your point Ian. If the coaches would actually work with him and teach him to be effective it could be a completely different story.

          • Caitlin Campbell

            Thanks for the insight Dano, didn’t know there was no fighting in the NCAA or that Scott even played NCAA. I’ve seen him practice on defence and he doesn’t look half bad, maybe Rolston should through him a bone and have him dress as the 7th dman.

          • Dano

            I wouldnt make him the ‘ 7th defenseman ‘, but if hes in the lineup and one of the d-men go down, he could easily switch. I believe it happened once last year.

            Scott isnt an allstar by any means, hes not much more then a ‘ utility ‘ player. He can play forward though hes better at defense.

            The problem I have is a guy like Scott is out there TRYING. Hes making an attempt.. I cant say the same for Vanek, Hodgson or Stafford.. our supposed ‘ top line ‘. Those guys have been on the same team playing forward for 2 years now? 4 games and how many goals between all of them?

            Check out Jaime McBain.. 2 games, 2 points. 4 years in the league ( same as Myers ). He was a 60sumthing overall draft pick. Myers is in his 4th year. 12th overall pick.. Hows he doing? Still giving up the puck? Not winning in the corners? 12million last year, 6 million this year.. McBain is less then 2 million..

            But everyone wants to say Scott is bad ;)

        • Caitlin Campbell

          hahah a statue on skates, yup that sums up his play. He did look decent, if he can continue that strong play along the boards and maybe up his D game he might play more.

      • lamarred1118

        Not a fan of he or Kaleta but so far they have not hurt the team and have shown some discipline and been good team players. Both are sticking to hockey instead of antics, but why not put skill guys there instead?
        Grigorenko is my pick, he should be working his butt off but so far he is doing the exact opposite.
        Hey, I hope you can get Bell Canada’s new coverage of the Blue and Gold!

        • Caitlin Campbell

          I have to agree neither Scott nor Kaleta have hurt the team in any way as of yet and that’s a huge positive. If they could contribue on offence that would be even better.
          Grigorenko is not working hard at all and it shows.
          Thanks! I hope I do too, will have to check it out but I might be too far north.

    • Tom Pieczynski

      Too late

  • Kevin

    I say Griggs. is he even playing? At least Stafford has made some decent plays to his credit.

    • Ian

      unfortunately the key to being us Sabres fans, is patience. So for #25, with it only being his second year in the league, i think we have to continue to be patient with him. Neither one of them have really done anything noteworthy for the team this year, but our time to be patient with Stafford has come and gone. He’s supposed to be producing, and he just hasn’t.

      • Caitlin Campbell

        I get that we need patience with the youngsters like Grigo and Girgs but it’s quite sad how Girgs has outperformed Grigo and the only excuse is work ethic. Girgs clearly wants his shot with the NHL right now while Grigo hasn’t worked hard enough to be ready for his shot. He’s lost out there, like a boy playing with me (although he is). He needs to be better.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      There’s a lot of talk about him sitting a couple games coming up so he can watch and see what he needs to do. He’s lost out there and could really use the AHL.

  • lee Munn

    Like most… I have to say Drew Stafford. He makes double $ of Griggs & Ennis. Plus one Minor ‘positive’ to not playing better than they are is, if Ennis & Ott just play well.. (not VERY well), we can resign at a better price. Rather than like Stafford play very well on contract year – ‘Get payed better than you deserve then go into your shell’. I hope we can still pick it up, but Grig & Risto are still on learning curve.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      It’s the learning curve and it’s going to take awhile to develop. Grigs is lost right now and that’s hurting the offence. With the talen he has there is no way he should be playing as bad as he is. I don’t like the $ tied up in Stafford, like you you said we could use that for other players.

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  • wolfdoctor

    I think most people picked Stafford simply because they don’t like him. IMO he’s been putting in a solid effort. On the other hand Grigorenko clearly doesn’t belong in the NHL yet. He should be sent down to Quebec to allow somebody like Larsson to get the ice time he deserves.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      Stafford did look better against the Lightning but in the general seems to be lacking. Although I agree he does seem to be the wiping boy of this team.
      Grigorenko is most certainly not ready for the NHL right now the only problem is he get’s nothing from the QMJHL. I agree that Larsson should be getting more ice but the Sabres are getting screwed by not being able to send Grigo down to the AHL.

      • wolfdoctor

        Totally agree. It’s a bad situation.

  • erico

    I dont really see anyone too blame. the sabres could easily be 4-0 if it were for some lucky bounces. The sabres seem to be getting chances but just dont find the way to the net. they bounce of a skate or leg or get deflected. those chances just arent translating to goals for this team right now, where other teams are

    • Tom Pieczynski

      What games are you watching?

    • Caitlin Campbell

      I don’t see the Sabres being 4-0 off lucky bounces but they could be 2-2. The Detroit game was a write off, the Ottawa game could have gone either way and the Pittsburgh game they had no chance. The game against the Lightning they should have closed out so 2-2 is more likely.

  • Jes

    Dunno why people are voting Myers or Grigorenko, they’ve played well thus far. Had a couple hiccups but other than that they’ve done good. Grigorenko should be on top line to get some of his confidence back. Because honestly Hodgson isn’t doing much on that first line either. Maybe Grigorenko can get something going. And Myers is going to get better than he is playing right now which is not as bad to be part of this poll. It’s only been 4 games. With no offensive support there’s no way he can get the points he is supposed to get. Other than Vanek right now we have no goal scorers, that can score on a regular basis.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      Grigorenko is no where near ready to be playing on the first line period. Once he shows he can compete, isn’t lazy and fits in the NHL then maybe give him some first line minutes but right now he’s best served in the pressbox. Face it the kid is lost, he’s not ready for the NHL. Hodgson is off to a slow start but so is his partner in crime Vanek. They’ve been generating lots of offence they just haven’t clicked. I fully understand that Myers is going to get better and I think he is playing better but there is stil some griping about his play so I included him.

  • davidmuscalo

    I could say all of the above, but I selected Grigorenko who seems transfixed by the big boys in this league. He just doesn’t know what to do when he is not playing against callow youth. Maybe a year in Rochester – I know he ineligible – would do him some good. Right now he is just taking up space on the ice that a legitimate NHL player could be occupying.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      I fully agree, Rochester is the best place for him right now and it really sucks he’s ineligible. Some time in the AHL would certainly help him get his head on straight and learn to compete against the big boys. He doesn’t have time or space and looks lost.

  • Joe

    John scott should not be on this list. Lets tak for example the game against ottawa. If you watch neil when scott is on the ice he doesnt even hit anyone much less touch the puck. The second hes off the ice he is starting stuff with everyone. Thats what he is paid for and he does it very well. Stafford and leino are wasted money. But why isnt cody hodgson on this list? Did anyone watch the game the lther night? Where he was backing off going in behind the net and into cornwrs to get to pucks he easily could have because he didnt wanna get hit. If your going to be a first line center inthe nhl you cant be doing that. How is he the future for the sabres? Just another wasted thrown away big contract like stafford and leino

    • Caitlin Campbell

      I wouldn’t write the book on Hodgson yet. There’s a rumour floating he’s not all together healthy right now- why else would he need 2 straight maintance days. Hodgson has all the offencive ability this team needs now it’s just up to him to utilize his skill.
      I just feel that Scott is a bit of a liability

      • Joe

        John scott is not a liability. Just having him on the bench makes teams think twice about going after anyone on our team. Do u really think lucic ever wouldve hit miller A couple years back if he knew john scott was on the bench and was gonna be lining up with him next shift? Not a chance. Hes one of the biggest deterants in the league and his presence alone protects a lot of our players

        • Caitlin Campbell

          I get that… but the Lucic incident is in the past. The Sabres toughened up after the fact. After the public outcry and the Sabres reaction I doubt Lucic would have been dumb enough to try it again. It was an issue that wasn’t adressed properly and the Sabres failed in that time. Everyone talks about John Scott being there just in case… great we have a guy eating up a roster spot just case something happens.

  • John

    The guy to look at is Ennis. Hes been terrible. Stafford, Myers everyone knew had problems but Ennis was I thought to be a big part of this team. The only thing I notice is the giveaways.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      I really hadn’t thought of adding Ennis to the list. I’ll have to watch him closely in the next game. I’ve loved his offencive spark and effort level but he can at times be pretty careless.

  • Matt

    Why is Kevin Porter not an option?