Buffalo Sabres Roster Report: Goaltenders

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Is the goaltender of the future already on the Buffalo Sabres roster?  That question can only be answered if very soon that player emerges as an goaltender that borders on an elite level.  Here is a look at the Buffalo Sabres goaltender situation from the top of the organization to the bottom.

While we might have some clear cut front runner’s for the number one goaltender as the team emerges from the ashes of the rebuild. but remember, Martin Biron was the heir apparent for Dominik Hasek, until a kid from Michigan State ran up through the ranks and took the number one spot.  Here is the internationally speckled roster depth for the Buffalo Sabres as I see it from top to bottom.

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Tags: Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres Depth Chart Buffalo Sabres Goalies Jhonas Enroth Michal Neuvirth

  • E.R.S.

    I understand the reasoning behind your putting Enroth as #1. He has, indeed, paid his dues…

    We all love his fight and competitiveness, but for myself — as a goaltender (albeit a recreational player) — all I can say is that Enroth in net makes me nervous. He his small, and he compensates for it by having a somewhat wild style. He can make big, exciting saves, but somehow, it never seems totally under control.

    Contrast that with Neuvirth. He is smooth as silk; a pleasure to observe in the crease. I may be jumping the gun, but… I grew up watching Hasek. And then, after Biron didn’t have success, we got Miller. When Neuvirth is in net, I have that same calmness and confidence as I watch him play as when I watched Hasek and Miller. I’m not going to say that he will measure up to those two (although I hope, for our sake, he does!); I’m just saying he seems to have the instincts and the ability to reach that level. (n.b. I used to watch Neuvirth with the Capitals, as well, so I’ve seen more than 2 games)

    As for the rest of the pipeline: hopefully we can find a fantastic starter, a solid backup, and perhaps develop another one of them and get some great value for him in a trade, when he (whoever it is) is ready.

    • Timothy Redinger

      Totally agree. I really think that Neuvirth will end up starting, but can really see a 1A 1B situation this year, with both guys playing for a contract.

    • Sabres4Life

      Wild style paid off for Hasek, why not Enroth?

      • E.R.S.

        Hasek was not wild; he was one of the most under-control goaltenders to play the game. He was always focused on the puck, never over-committed, and forced shooters on break-always to make the first move.

        His most exciting highlights are from the rare situations when he *appeared* to be out of the play (99% of goaltenders would have been out of the play), but through desperation and never giving up on the puck, he found completely unorthodox ways to make the save.

        • Timothy Redinger

          Hasek knew he could “overplay” a situation because he knew he had no limits and most of the time had so much puck awareness. How many times did he do something out of the ordinary (save a puck with the top of his head) and his response after words was “i wanted to try and see if i could do it”.

  • Sabres4Life

    Lieuwen ahead of Makarov? I don’t think so.

  • Joe

    I think lieuwen is a future atar goaltender and hope the sabres dont let him go