It’s really hard to judge Jhonas Enroth for his work as the Buffalo Sabres back-up goalie over the last 3 seasons. There was a time when putting him between the pipes would almost certainly be a loss, leaving fans cringing with every shot he faced. Then he started to emerge and show that he can stop pucks, battle hard enough to drag out 2 points. However, lately it seems Enroth has fallen back into the inconsistent play which worries fans for a future without Miller.
When you’re a goaltender, and you call out your teammates for not scoring for you then you have to be ready to back that up with some impressive performances. In Enroth’s last 2 games the Sabres have scored 3 goals, something they’ve had a very difficult time doing this season, and yet they’ve lost both games.
Enroth finds it hard to win on this team….even when they do score for him
— SabreDave11 (@SabreDave11) January 24, 2014
The defence has been horrible for both netminders and the offence has been limited but Ryan Miller has been able to drag out
points for his team while Enroth hasn’t. Enroth has lost his last 12 starts and has just 1 win on the season and 22 in his 69 games throughout his NHL career. He has not proved he can win in this league and maybe that’s exactly what the Sabres need for the rebuild but what about the future?
I’m not trying to bash Jhonas Enroth, or say that he’s a bad goaltender, all I’m wondering is whether or not he’s true starter materiel? He’s played well this season, but not good enough to win. Maybe he’s the right guy for the short-term. However, what about the future? There are a lot of Buffalo Sabres fans who have some serious concerns over Enroth between the pipes as a number one.
The Sabres seem to have a problem scoring goals, and if that’s going to be a trend under Ted Nolan, then the Buffalo Sabres need someone who can play lights out nearly every night. Up to this point Enroth hasn’t shown that capability. At the end of the day save percentage, GAA and the crappy defence doesn’t matter, it’s all about how many wins a goaltender can drag out. Nothing against Jhonas Enroth, it’s just hard to trust him.
What do you guys think about the possibility of Jhonas Enroth becoming the future of the Buffalo Sabres after Miller leaves? Can you trust Enroth to deliver night in and night out?