Restoring the Rosters: Buffalo Sabres

12/14/2009
Florida Panthers v Buffalo Sabres

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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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Goalie Starters 11/07/2009

11/07/2009

Here are the expected starters for tonight:

UPDATED 11/07/2009 @ 5:25 PM:

  • Steve Goldstein, Panthers play-by-play announcer, confirms Scott Clemmensen in net.  Again via Twitter

UPDATED 11/07/2009 @ 5:19 PM:

  • The Capitals chose Jose Theodore for the second straight night.  Thanks to Tarik El-Bashir for reporting this over his Twitter.

UPDATED 11/07/2009 @ 4:55 PM:

  • Ray Emery starts for the Flyers again, confirmed via Twitter.

UPDATED 11/07/2009 @ 3:47 PM:

UPDATED 11/07/2009 @ 3:02 PM:

  • Miikka Kiprusoff expected to start against the Rangers.  The match-up discussed at length at the Calgary Herald.

UPDATED 11/07/2009 @ 2:56 PM:

  • Alex Auld faces Niklas Backstrom tonight, Mike Heika’s Five for Fighting reports.  Backstrom makes sense as I don’t believe Josh Harding is ready to go just yet.

UPDATED 11/07/2009 @ 2:37 PM:

  • Steve Valiquette starts surprisingly for the Rangers, per Steve Zipay.

UPDATED 11/07/2009 @ 2:27 PM:

UPDATED 11/07/2009 @ 2:22 PM:

UPDATED 11/07/2009 @ 2:02 PM:

  • As previously mentioned, Jon Quick starts for the Kings.  Will update later if necessary.

UPDATED 11/07/2009 @ 1:40 PM:

  • Cam Ward starts for the Canes, Chip Alexander of Canes Now mentions again via Twitter..
  • Dan Kamal, radio voice of the Thrashers, confirms Ondrej Pavelec via Twitter.

UPDATED 11/07/2009 @ 1:31 PM:

UPDATED 11/07/2009 @ 1:18 PM:

UPDATED 11/07/2009 @ 1:15 PM:

UPDATED 11/07/2009 @ 1:11 PM:

UPDATED 11/07/2009 @ 1:08 PM:

UPDATED 11/07/2009 @ 1:02 PM:

UPDATED 11/07/2009 @ 12:44 PM:

  • Jonas Enroth debuts for the Sabres, Fluto Shinzawa again has the scoop.

UPDATED 11/07/2009 @ 11:52 AM:

UPDATED 11/07/2009 @ 11:48 AM:

  • It should be Pascal Leclaire against Martin Brodeur when the Devils face the Senators later.  Leclaire confirmed here.

UPDATED 11/07/2009 @ 11:27 AM:

  • Dan Ellis starts for Nashville tonight, according to John Glennon of Nashville Insider.
  • As you may or may not have read here, NHLHotStove.com is coming soon.  Right now I have added an About page and solved numerous formatting problems as well as sources for all 30 teams.  Check out our ever-changing beta here!

That’s all I have for now.  More updates to come.  If you have a reliable source with the starter listed and I have yet to post it, email me at thehotstove@gmail.com.

Yesterday’s Count: 12/12
Year-to-date Predictions: 381/386= 98.6%

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-Alexander Monaghan


Goalie Starters 11/04/2009

11/04/2009

Here are the expected starters for tonight:
UPDATED 11/04/2009 @ 4:46 PM:

UPDATED 11/04/2009 @ 3:46 PM:

  • Sun Sports FOX Sports FL reports via Twitter Tomas Vokoun will face Cam Ward.

UPDATED 11/04/2009 @ 3:40 PM:

  • Ryan Miller starts for the Sabres tonight by default.  Patrick Lalime is injured forcing a call-up for Jonas Enroth, Lindy Ruff notes Enroth may start this weekend.  John Vogl of Sabres Insider has the whole story.

UPDATED 11/04/2009 @ 3:22 PM:

UPDATED 11/04/2009 @ 3:00 PM:

UPDATED 11/04/2009 @ 2:15 PM:

UPDATED 11/04/2009 @ 1:57 PM:

  • Semyon Varlamov starts against New Jersey, Tarik El-Barik of the Washington Times reports.   Martin Brodeur will start for the Devils
  • As you may or may not have read here, NHLHotStove.com is coming soon.  Right now I have added an About page and solved numerous formatting problems as well as sources for all 30 teams.  Check out our ever-changing beta here!

That’s all I have for now.  More updates to come.  If you have a reliable source with the starter listed and I have yet to post it, email me at thehotstove@gmail.com.

Yesterday’s Count: 10/1o = 100%
Year-to-date Predictions: 337/342= 98.5%

Follow me on Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates

-Alexander Monaghan