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Poll: Ville Leino or Johan Larsson?

Today’s poll question comes curtesy of Dano, one of our dedicated commenters. Dano wants to know; if you had the choose between having either goal-less Ville Leino or rookie Johan Larsson on the Sabres roster right now, which player you would choose.

Regarding veteran forward Ville Leino there really isn’t too much to say. He has yet to score a goal this season and has been some-what of a disappointment since signing a huge contract to come to Buffalo. If you want to get technical and look at the advanced stats, Leino has been on the ice for 8 goals for and 12 against while maintaing a 43.7% corsi in 22 games.

There have been more than a few people calling for the Sabres to buy-out Leino’s massive contract since he is not and has not produced.

It is quite disappointing to see a 0 in the goal column of a player making $4.5 million a year, but some of it has to be poor luck. Just being around the net will get you a couple goals a season. Whether it bounces off your skate, your stick, you tip a point shot or are in the right place at the right time to pounce on a rebound, goals will come. Unfortunately for Ville Leino that luck has yet to come and he still sits goal-less on the 30th placed team in the NHL.

Now we move on to the second player in the debate and the player more likely to stick with the club through the rebuild, Johan Larsson. The Buffalo Sabres acquired Larsson, through the Jason Pominville deal at last years trade-deadline. When one team acquires another teams prospect you can never be too sure what you have acquired, but when the other teams fanbase is upset to lose that prospect it’s generally a good sign.

Rich wrote the other day talking about why Johan Larsson needs to be recalled by the Buffalo Sabres and he’s right. I won’t use too many advanced stats which Rich already covered, but we’ll stick to the typical corsi. Larsson’s corsi rating is an outstanding 49.5% and although he has only suited up for 17 games, thats still a pretty impressive corsi over a solid stint of action.

The Sabres need offence right now, and if you’re looking at the stats, Leino gives them the better chance to score. Leino has been on the ice for 8 Sabres goals this season, but starts his shift in the offencive zone 34.2% of the time giving him good chances to score. Larsson is more of a defencive minded forward. Larsson was on the ice for just 2 Sabres goals and starts 43.2% of his shifts in his own end.

If you want a shutdown forward who will contribute a little Larsson is your guy, if you want the best chance to score statistically speaking Ville Leino gives you the best option.

Now it’s up to you guys. Would you rather have in the Buffalo Sabres line-up- Ville Leino or Johan Larsson?

Ville Leino or Johan Larsson

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  • Richard Spalding

    As much as I have dedicated my time to supporting Leino, I think Larsson played well enough to be on Buffalo’s third or fourth line this season. Bring him up!

    • Thomas Eric

      I agree then play Scott on d

      • JHizzle75

        Yep. But can’t we bring him up now that Hodgson is hurt?
        Surprisingly, I would also take Larson over Leino. I know I have been supporting Leino in his efforts to score, but would like to see what Larson can do….hopefully with some decent line mates.

        • Caitlin Campbell

          That’s a good point- we should call him up to fill in for Hodgson. I’d like to see Larsson up here for sure

          • Jes

            I think they’d keep him for the Spengler Cup

          • Caitlin Campbell

            That would be my guess… they want as manny young guys as possible for the Spengler Cup

        • Jes

          How hurt is Hodgson?

          • Caitlin Campbell

            3-4 weeks.., left the rink with a soft cast on his hand

      • Caitlin Campbell

        I’d love to see Scott play D

    • Caitlin Campbell

      :O What happened to your Leino support?! haha

      • Richard Spalding

        I still will support Leino, because he’s not going anywhere. Still, I feel Larsson would benefit from playing in the NHL. Some prospects need to play in the NHL to improve, while others need the minors. The minors might help Larsson, but I think he was doing well enough that he would benefit from a full year in the bigs.

        • Jes

          He’ll end up being bought out this offseason.

  • Dano

    The Discussion falls into something else that could be a good article written along side this one.

    People want to ‘ win the lottery ‘ and draft #1,#2 or #3 ( preferably #1 ) this coming summer. They also want the rookies out there.

    If Johan is on the ice, the Sabres will probably do much better. The Stats show Leino is more likely to score.. yet he hasnt.

    I believe most of the ‘ evaluating to see whats there ‘ in Buffalo has happened or the process is bearing its end. The team will go back to a ‘ non-respectable ‘ level of play soon enough. Buffalo wont win a game after the trade deadline as they will empty the cupboards. There shouldnt be any worries about ‘ tanking enough ‘ to select very high in the draft.

    • wolfdoctor

      I think you’re saying that Miller, Ott and Moulson will be traded at the deadline. I wouldn’t be surprised, however, if the Sabres are making a strong effort, at Nolan’s insistence, to resign these players. If that is the case, I wouldn’t be surprised if the team makes an effort during the off season to a few sign free agents, as well. If I am wrong and those 3 are traded for picks, then the total rebuild through the draft ideology will have been retained, assuring that the team will be tanking at least through next year.

      • Dano

        “I think you’re saying that Miller, Ott and Moulson will be traded at the deadline.”

        Put any name you wish in there, theres no certainty of anyone on the present roster being in Buffalo/Rochester by the end of the season.

        Is Nolan pushing to resign some of the upcoming UFA’s? Maybe? Im not privy to such. I would like to know though ;)

        “If I am wrong and those 3 are traded for picks, then the total rebuild through the draft ideology will have been retained, assuring that the team will be tanking at least through next year.”

        ‘ Tanking ‘ or just loosing? Theres quite a difference in the 2. ‘ Tanking ‘ is to intentionally not win. ANY team that does such shouldnt be in the NHL IMO.

        • wolfdoctor

          For a team like the Sabres, if you intentionally make no attempt to sign your own UFAs, instead trading them for draft choices, you must know that you are going to lose a more than if you kept those UFAs. In your opinion, is this intentional path of fielding an inferior team considered tanking?

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      • Jes

        Miller and Moulson are as good as gone. Moulson is going to look for money plus a chance at a cup, the same with Miller. Money can easily happen here but other then money we do not have much to offer to top free agents.

        Only one out of the big three that have a chance of staying is Ott. That’s because his best friend is here. But all 3 are in there 30′s so they would want to be on a top tier team or even a playoff team next season and beyond.

        • wolfdoctor

          You are most likely correct in your analysis. Those 2 are probably as good as gone, however I wouldn’t be surprised if the Sabres were trying to convince them to stay, at Nolan’s insistence.

  • Jes

    Just stick with Leino for the rest of the year. He is the shittier one out of the two and we should be aiming to be the shittier team right now.

    • wolfdoctor

      LOL. That’s what I like – to the point. There’s no question how you stand on this issue.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      haha love your honestly Jes..

      • Jes

        haha it’s how I do Caitlin

  • qwicwted

    Actually I would like to see them bring Larsson back but it seems that Nolan doesn’t really want to play our youngsters. IMO I see Buffalo moving Moulson, Ennis, Ott, Ehrhoff and Myers and going after someone like Pavelski, Stewart, Kane, Couturier or even ROR. I can see Bflo trading Ennis and Adam for Kane – Kane doesn’t get along with Noel and I think he wants out of Winnipeg, Myers for Couturier and maybe Miller for Stewart as it seems Stewart is only playing 10-15 minutes a game as he seems to be in the doghouse with Hitchcock. Again, San Jose needs to do something, especially with Hertl injured – so Moulson and maybe Grigorenko would be a good trade for Pavelski. Thing is you get Pavelski, Couturier, Stewart for a few years. Also since the Rangers have a lot of UFA next year, why not do a deal to pick up Richards cause the rumor is that they will buy him out.

  • davidmuscalo

    This was a no-brainer for me, Larrson has showed be nothing and Leino has showed that he can get into the offensive zone and make his presence felt even if he hasn’t been scoring his line mates have. You can’t fool Ted Nolan and that is why Larrson is playing in Rochester.