3 Buffalo Sabres players to look forward to watching in Preseason Game 1

Mar 4, 2023; Buffalo, New York, USA; Buffalo Sabres goaltender Eric Comrie (31) looses his helmet during the pay in the second period against the Tampa Bay Lightning at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 4, 2023; Buffalo, New York, USA; Buffalo Sabres goaltender Eric Comrie (31) looses his helmet during the pay in the second period against the Tampa Bay Lightning at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 9, 2023; Buffalo, New York, USA; Buffalo Sabres goaltender Eric Comrie (31) makes a save during the first period against the Dallas Stars at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports /

3 – Eric Comrie, G

Eric Comrie is the clear favorite to wind up in Rochester if he can clear waivers if and when the Buffalo Sabres roll with a pair of young goalies. This is the 28-year-old’s first chance to put a (mostly) bad 2022-23 season behind him and close any potential gap on Devon Levi and Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen.

Last year, Comrie’s struggles started in the preseason, and they carried over into October. Then came the lower-body injury in November, and when he returned, Comrie never seemed to gain any traction in the net.

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He is just a pair of seasons removed from snagging a 0.920 save percentage as the backup to Connor Hellebuyck during his days in Winnipeg. Therefore, Comrie has shown in the past he can be an effective goaltender; he just has yet to show he can do this consistently with the Buffalo Sabres.

(Statistics provided by Hockey-Reference)