Buffalo Sabres Mid-Season Grades

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Dec 11, 2014; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres center

Zemgus Girgensons

(28) during the game against the Calgary Flames at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres Offense – F

If you were to write a children’s story about the Buffalo Sabres offense, it would be very similar to the classic Where’s Waldo series that was wildly popular in the 1990s.

Despite not being in the worst possible position in the standings, the Buffalo Sabres have scored the fewest goals in the National Hockey League.  Through 41 games so far, the Buffalo Sabres have scored 78 goals, which is four goals shy of two per game, for those keeping track.

The offensive highlight of the year has been the offensive emergence of sophmore forward Zemgus Girgensons, who has eleven goals so far, enough to lead the team. In fact, he is the only member of the Buffalo Sabres with double digit goals at this point.  The only other Sabres player to appear in all 41 games so far is Tyler Ennis, who is second in scoring with nine goals, and a team leading 24 points.

It will take a strong effort in the second half of the season, but Girgensons could hit 20 goals this year, and Tyler Ennis could hit that mark again.  Where is the rest of the Buffalo Sabres offense?

The Buffalo Sabres have a problem putting the puck in the net, despite facing backup goalies on a regular basis.  You know all those movies that exist in alternate realities?  I feel like Herb Brooks could be saying you get scored on by the Buffalo Sabres, you keep the puck, because it doesn’t happen all that often.

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