Hard working and fun to watch have replaced the early suffering theme for this years Buffalo Sabres hockey team. Ever since Ted Nolan took over as the bench boss the Sabres have been working hard every game and providing sparks of excitement while still managing to drop games and tonight was no different.
Tonight the Buffalo Sabres managed the skate and compete for the most part with the defending Stanley Cup Champions which is something they should be proud of. They have a long way to go before they reach the Blackhawks level, but they are working hard, and, are fun to watch.
Anyways, on to tonight’s three stars from the Sabres loss to the Blackhawks.
Third Star: Tyler Ennis
For a roster filled with few NHL players, Tyler Ennis has always been the one guy no one is sure of. Sometimes he plays like a decent NHL centre and other nites it seems he would be best back in atom hockey. Tonight Ennis looked like an NHL player and despite not having much “chemistry” with Conacher, who looked pretty darn good alongside him tonight. Ennis failed to get on the score sheet tonight, but he looked good and was generating offence all night long. If Ennis keeps up his strong play he could become a part of the new Sabres core of veterans going forward. Or If Tim Murray chooses he could be go trade bait.
Second Star: Cory Conacher
Conacher finally figured out all those pesky visa issues allowing him to “work” in the United States and saw his first bit of game action with his new team. Conacher looked great on the top line alongside Ennis and Drew Stafford and he even managed to pick up his first assist as a member of the Buffalo Sabres tonight. Conacher is a hard working and skilled forward who should fit well into Ted Nolan’s game plan. If Conacher and Ennis can develop a little more chemistry the top line for the Sabres could start lighting it up much like Marcus Foligno did a few seasons ago.
Conacher looked great in his debut flying all over the ice and generating offence all night. He finished his debut with 15 minutes of ice, an assist and three shots.
First Star: Jhonas Enroth
Man have the Buffalo Sabres been blessed with some stellar goaltending this season between Ryan Miller and Jhonas Enroth. It’s not often that a last place team is able to send two netminders to the Olympics. Imagine if the Sabres had some legitimate talent up front at the beginning of this season? Could be a whole different ball game right now. Enroth has picked up right where Miller left off and has even elevated his game to prove that he is indeed worthy of a shot to be the Buffalo Sabres next starter.
Enroth once again kept the Sabres in the game against the Blackhawks making 29 saves on 31 shots. Enroth was big again tonight and has earned the confidence of his teammates with his play as of late.