With rumours of Ryan Miller‘s time in Buffalo coming to an end in the near future. It’s time for the Buffalo Sabres to start looking at what’s next in the goaltending pipeline.
Directly behind Miller is Jhonas Enroth. Enroth has been the Sabres back-up for the last 3 season’s, but has
shown no signs of being capable to backstop a competitive hockey team as of yet. However, Enroth could easily fill the role that Martin Biron did after Dominik Hasek departed, where he holds down the crease until the Buffalo Sabres next franchise goaltender shows his face.
After the Sabres dealt Jason Pominville to the Minnesota Wild, one of the key returns in the deal was goaltending prospect Matt Hackett. Hackett was being groomed to one day become the next Wild netminder, If he panned out. When the Sabres acquired him there was much speculation whether he would become the goaltender once Ryan Miller was gone.
The Buffalo Sabres seemed to be set between the pipes with Matt Hackett coming up the pipeline and Andrey Makarov continuing his strong play in the WHL to move on after Miller. However Hackett has struggled this season in the AHL with the Rochester Americans and it’s led people to question whether he’ll be as good as everyone thought.
It’s difficult to criticize such a young netminder playing his first season on a new team after being given the starters role. Rough season’s are something that every netminder will go through at some point in there career. The key thing to remember about goaltenders, especially young ones, is for the most part an NHL netminder doesn’t hit their stride until they’re upwards of 25. Don’t fret over one bad season in the AHL by a guy who is just 23, chances are he’ll be back up to par the next season.
Still an 11-12-2 record coupled with a 2.89 Goals Against Average and .906 Save Percentage has fans worried about the future face between the Sabres pipes.
Has this rocky season by Matt Hackett changed your opinions about his future between the Buffalo Sabres pipes? He was expected to be the next guy to carry Ryan Miller’s torch but has certainly struggled this season, does that concern you at all?