Naming the Buffalo Sabres All-Time Team (1970 to 2022)

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The Buffalo Sabres have had several Hall of Famers and unforgettable players. So who made the cut for the All-Time Team?

The Buffalo Sabres have seen some of the sport’s finest legends grace the ice literally since their founding in 1970. They have several Hockey Hall of Famers, and even more who have made All-Star Games, earned NHL All-Star Team honors, and had even won several awards.

So which players earned enough accolades to make the All-Time Roster – 1970 to 2022 Edition? You will see some familiar faces on today’s list. And you may also find a surprise or two. But before I unveil who made the cut, I’d first like to recognize three honorable mentions who just barely missed out.

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Dec 10, 2015; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Buffalo Sabres defenseman Mike Weber (6) against the Calgary Flames during the first period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Calgary Flames won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Who earned a spot on the Buffalo Sabres All-Time Team? Honorable Mentions

In the following slides, I have listed 12 forwards, six defensemen, and two goaltenders. When you take the Buffalo Sabres and narrow the cut down to just 20 players, you are going to get many snubs. So below, you will find three players that just missed out on the final cut.

Player #1 – Tom Barrasso/Goaltender

Barrasso did something Dominik Hasek and Ryan Miller never did: He won First Team All-Rookie honors, First Team All-Star honors, the Calder, and the Vezina during his first season. Impressive, but Barrasso‘s career, overall, tailed off some following his first two seasons.

Player #2 – Derek Roy/Center

Roy was a contender for the Selke, but he also displayed a hot hand, never logging a shooting percentage lower than 11.2 percent until his final season in Buffalo in 2011-12. Roy never earned an All-Star appearance, but he finished in the top 10 twice for game-winning goals, and once in short-handed goals.

Player #3 – Mike Weber/Defenseman

When I was polling fans, Weber was one name that kept coming up. Never a scorer and never even one to see over 19 minutes of ice time, it didn’t matter. Weber was one of those players who made every moment count when he was on the ice. He logged 161 blocks and 208 hits in 68 games in 2013-14, despite seeing just under 18 minutes of average total ice time that year.

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