The Buffalo Sabres prospects in the crease bode well for the Buffalo Sabres future. [Buffalo News].
The only problem is – there isn’t really a whole lot of NHL level experience here – and last year’s injury bug showed some glaring holes in the crease, at least right now.
Tim Murray likes big goalies, and that might not be a good sign for the futures of Jhonas Enorth, Michal Neuvirth, or Andrey Makarov. But only time will tell.
Tim Murray is going to continue to purge the team of prospects and players that don’t fit into his plan. Murray,or Chassidy in Rochester – won’t commit in July who is going to be the starting goaltender in October. Can you blame them? With a bad team in front of them last year – none of the goalies that suited up after Ryan Miller departed and the top two went down with injury proved to be that valuable of an asset.
Just one off season departed from the former regime, and the team has totally different outlook. How well will the goalies manage the change?
Let us see, they play different positions – so not sure how one signing signals the end of the others time in Buffalo.
CoHo is going to be his own worst enemy on this team. But at the same time he is only going to be good as the center they put him with.
It is like the reverse Mikhail Grigorenko argument. How can you expect Grigorenko to play the way he can play if you constantly put him on the fourth line and inhibit his scoring ability?
You also have to figure out what your going to do with Ennis – he is not a natural centerman, and while he was the best option for the Buffalo Sabres last year – they really need to get him into a role where he is going to best benefit the team; and that is back on the wing.
Speaking of Mikhail Grigorenko, his maturity level is up, and that is a good sign for the Buffalo Sabres. [Olean Time Herald].
He knows the ball is in his court, he knows he is going to have to fight for a spot on the opening night roster. His weight is up and is focus is up.
I know you don’t want to anoint him into a roster spot like Darcy Regier and throw off his development, but there should be some serious talk about putting Mikhail Grigorenko on the first line, pivoting Cody Hodgson and Matt Moulson.
Is he a first line center. Maybe not – but why not give him a chance at it if he performs well in camp? If it works the Buffalo Sabres could have a very potent first line to ship out. When you think your second like could be Drew Stafford, Zemgus Girgensons, and Tyler Ennis – the Buffalo Sabres have two scoring lines that might actually be productive this year.