I previously skipped over the Sabres, so here they are.
Based on Matthew Pouliot’s series on Circling the Bases, I have decided restore the rosters for every NHL team. Like Pouliot, I have established some ground rules for my selections.
- Each team contains players they originally drafted or signed before any other NHL team. This includes players drafted and not signed, as well as European free agents coming over at an older age.
- I have chosen to leave retired players off the list, and lean toward players in the AHL rather than those deported (KHL, SEL, DEL, etc.).
Essentially I am choosing the best available players for a team to succeed in the current NHL season. All 30 teams will be covered, with grades assigned to forwards, defense and goaltending. After all 30 articles are written, they will be ranked in order. This series’ intent is to reward or shame NHL scouts.
The Sabres rely heavily on their drafting and development of young players in order to keep their payroll down. Due to their restrictions monetarily, the team has succeeded in producing a vast amount of NHL regulars as well as some well regarded players. Overall, there really is no weaknesses to their lineup from the net on out. A mostly young core, this team greatly resembles the team currently constructed but with more depth and much improved blueline.
The lineup for the Buffalo Sabres is as follows.
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This thread will be updated all day, so keep refreshing it as the day goes along. Here are your wounded bodies for tonight:
- Shaone Morrisonn skated but will not play, Karl Alzner play in his place. [In the Room]
- Joni Pitkanen will play tonight. [Canes Now]
- Scott Walker is doubtful for tonight. Cory LaRose did not practice while Cam Ward practiced with goalie coach Tom Barasso. [Canes Country]
New York Rangers
- Paul Gaustad will not play. [Sabres.com]
- Still awaiting word on the status of Craig Rivet.
Toronto Maple Leafs
- Mike Komisarek expected back when the Leafs face the Sabres. [TSN]
St. Louis Blues
Columbus Blue Jackets
- Mike Methot out two games with an upper body injury. [Tom Reed]
- Andrew Murray could return Thursday. [Tom Reed]
- Derek Dorsett out at least three more games. [Tom Reed]
Detroit Red Wings
- Patrick Eaves likely out tonight with Kirk Maltby replacing him. [Mlive.com]
- Valtteri Filppula should be back on the ice. [Free Press]
- T.J. Galiardi questionable, Milan Hejduk out for the night. [All Things Avs]
Tampa Bay Lightning
- Both Cory Sarich and Rene Bourque remain out indefinitely with undisclosed injuries. [Calgary Sun]
- Bourque could play Thursday at Phoenix. [Flames Insider]
Around the League
- Daniel Briere still down with the flu, but should be close to 100 percent for Thursday’s game. Simon Gagne could return in three weeks, while Darroll Powe and Blair Betts are out until January. [Broad Street Bull]
New Jersey Devils
- Jay Pandolfo and Rob Niedermayer practiced today. [Fire & Ice]
- Johnny Oduya set to practice with the team tomorrow. [Tom Gulitti]
- Martin Havlat and Antti Miettinen practicing with the Wild. [Wild Now]
New York Islanders
- Matt D’Agostini and Scott Gomez expected to play tomorrow. [Habs Inside/Out]
Los Angeles Kings
- Rob Scuderi questionable while Ryan Smyth took part in a “fairly intensive workout.” [LA Kings Insider]
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