Jhonas Enroth gets my vote for the number one goalie on the depth chart prior to training camp – solely for the fact that he has paid his dues as a member of the Buffalo Sabres, serving as a solid backup to former number one goalie Ryan Miller.
It is more than likely that Enroth won’t be around in the organization long. He is an unrestricted free agent after the 2014-2015 NHL season, and if he doesn’t see the cards fall in his favor for the long term spot with the Buffalo Sabres, he will likely want to test the market to try and land a number one spot somewhere.
At 1.25 million dollars, Enroth is a valuable asset to the Buffalo Sabres right now – because he is a familiar face in the locker room, he wants to be the number one guy – and he will be battling for the position.
No one is going to be handed a roster spot by the Buffalo Sabres, Ted Nolan has said that as much – having Enroth battling for a spot this season is going to elevate the play of whoever else is playing the number one spot – or itching to take over at the first sign of fraility.
He has five seasons with the Buffalo Sabres, and has played in 81 games. A look at his win loss record is a bit misleading – the last season he was hung out to dry by the team in front of him on many nights, and he had a rough spell in which he couldn’t find a win no matter how he played. 25-35-12 doesn’t seem like a bad record, given the last two seasons of play by the team as whole. He has a career GAA of 2.75 and a save percentage of .913.
Granted it is a larger sampling, but those numbers aren’t that far off of Ryan Millers who comes in at a career GAA of 2.59 and a save percentage of .915.
Jhonas has only ever played in one NHL playoff game, relieving Ryan Miller – but has played and done well in pressure cooker tournaments. He was a member of the Silver medal winning Tres Kronos team at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, a bronze medal in the 05 World U18, a silver at the 2008 World Juniors, and a gold medal with the 2013 World Championships.