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Buffalo Sabres Daily: Buffalo Sabres Outlook

Buffalo Sabres look like a team in for another long season on paper.  [Pro Hockey Talk]

How many times have we heard or said that since the dog days of summer started?  Questions at goaltender, a very young an inexperienced defense, and a lack of goal scoring will have the Buffalo Sabres towards the bottom of the league once again.

A while back a reader on this site tried to prove me wrong that the Buffalo Sabres were not going to have an abysmal offensive season, listing the number of guys that will have 20 goals seasons in blue and gold this year.  If you can get Tyler Ennis and Cody Hodgson to repeat with 20 goal seasons, that is about the limit of your offensive prowess.

Ryan Dadoun starts the final statement of this article with the obvious, on paper this team is in for another up hill battle before they even start – but he finishes it with an optimistic statement.  Hell at this point compare the Buffalo Sabres on paper to the Buffalo Bills and I just might be looking forward to the season.

Time for a youth movement on defense.  [Bleacher Report]

The Buffalo Sabres don’t really have a chance but to play their young defenseman this season.  Tyler Myers is now the biggest name in your defensive corps, and while you have suitable defenseman – if you want to climb out of your rebuild anytime soon, the Buffalo Sabres need to find out what they have in the line of young defenseman.

Like the first featured article this morning, on paper, the Buffalo Sabres have a prospect pool on defense that any organization would love to have.  The problem is – their top six are going to get shuffled around as the team tries to find its defensive identity.

With no positions guaranteed heading into training camp, it will be interesting to see who the seven blue liners are.

Promising but unproven dots the Buffalo Sabres roster and prospect pool.  [NHL Trade Rumors]

Buffalo has a lot of what if’s to figure out this season, the biggest ones being the unproven pair in the crease.  Who is going to stand out in net during training camp and get the bulk of the weight this season – Jhonas Enroth or Michal Neuvirth?

There really is no problem if the Buffalo Sabres rotate the goaltending duties, and play the hot hand in net.  Buffalo has seen everything it will likely see out of Jhonas Enroth, unless he embraces the starter role and has a major change to his game.  Enroth has never played in more than 30 games in an NHL season, his career highs sitting at 26 and 28 games.  Last season with 28 games he had 4 wins.

Neuvirth’s best season was 2010-2011 with the Washington Capitals with 48 games and 27 victories.

Tags: Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres Prospects Buffalo Sabres Season Jhonas Enroth Michal Neuvirth

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