Zemgus Girgensons was the shining light in a dim season last year for the Buffalo Sabres. He provided energy, poise, determination, and an overall desire to win every night. The question now is what to do with him this season. Do the Sabres leave him on his third line role to potentially blossom into something more? Or should they elevate him this year and see if he can rise to the occasion this year?
I say to leave him where he is now and let him blossom. Yes he was the heart and soul of this team, but that doesn’t make him the most skilled forward out there. Rather than having him play against other top six forwards in the NHL, have him learn his way to play on a third line role by centering Brian Gionta and potentially Chris Stewart. He’ll learn the checking game well, and he’ll learn how to be a leader from Gionta. As a player that shows heart, he will eventually become one of the undisputed leaders of this ten in a few years.
So I say to let him continue in his role as Ted Nolan’s hardest working pupil and to let him continue to grow this year. He’s only 20 years of age and has more than enough time to learn what he needs and to apply it to the NHL level. Last year showed great progress in his development, and as seen by his goal reel, he has plenty of skill already. Let’s not forget that he was the player to score the first goal of the Sabres’ season last year against Detroit. Let’s let Zemgus Girgensons turn into the player he is meant to be. I certainly can’t wait for what he can do in only a few years. I already love this kid and his skills so the future looks a lot brighter for myself and many other Sabres fans.