If there is one thing the Buffalo Sabres have been good at as of late, it’s their ability to trade away their captains. The last year and a half have seen Jason Pominville, Thomas Vanek and Steve Ott all dealt while wearing the C on their chest for the blue and gold. With Steve Ott being dealt recently the Buffalo Sabres currently have a void in their captaincy, and while it will stay that way for the rest of the season they will have to name a new one sooner rather than later.
Unfortunately, when it comes to naming the next captain of the Buffalo Sabres, there won’t exactly be an obvious choice. There are players such as Tyler Myers, Christian Ehrhoff and Cody Hodgson who are all leaders on the Sabres in some way or another, but few would rush to staple a C on any of those guys. Another emerging option is long time Sabres forward Drew Stafford, who just so happens to be the last remaining member of the old Sabres core.
Stafford was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the first round of the 2004 NHL draft and has kept his stuck with the club
through the good and the bad. While he’s not a guy who is going to score 30+ goals consistently, he is a guy you can count on for around 20 and as of late, someone who has veteran leadership.
Say what you want about his lack of effort most nights and his late seasons surges, his strong play and leadership as of late seems to be genuine. He was the one who rallied the troops after Ted Nolan lost it in practice and has been a solid line mate for players like Marcus Foligno, Cory Conacher and Zemgus Girgensons who are trying to find their way in the league. What Stafford lacks in goal scoring he makes up for in assists, he’s always looking for his line mates and seems to be an easy line mate to play with.
The Sabres don’t have a lot of options when looking for the next captain, and Stafford seems to be stepping into a leadership role on the rebuilding Buffalo Sabres. He’s 28 and can put up around 40 points a season, maybe it’s time to see how he does with the C on his chest. If it doesn’t pan out the team can always trade him, right?
Do you think Drew Stafford has what it takes to be the Buffalo Sabres next captain?