Restoring the Rosters: Buffalo Sabres

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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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 11/18/2009

Florida Panthers v Philadelphia Flyers

Another new feature here on NHLHS. I will break down the top three fantasy hockey performers every night and cite why I chose them in particular. In addition, I will track the amount of times the players have received this honor and tally them at the end of the season. For the sake of clarity, I will be using Yahoo! standard categories (Forwards – G,A,+/-, PP,PIM, SOG; Goalies – W,GAA,SV%,SHO)

THIRD STAR: Keith Ballard (0-0-1), Florida Panthers -Ballard is one of three Florida players to make the list last night.  The Panthers exploded in their 6-2 route of the Sabres and Ryan Miller.  Ballard posted three assists, one on the powerplay, and was a plus two.  When you add his SOG to that total, Ballard spread across 4 offensive categories, good enough for third star.

SECOND STAR: Dominic Moore, Florida Panthers (0-1-0) – The second of the Panthers to be mentioned, the younger Moore brother potted a goal and an assist against Miller.  In addition, he added two PIM, two SOG and boasted a plus 2.  Thats production across five categories, an impressive total regardless of the jersey.  Moore registered himself into fantasy relevance last year with the Leafs, monitor his progress as he may get a chance at top line minutes once again.  However, previous to this game he registered only one assist in eight games.

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