Friday, September 10, 2010

2010-11 Preview: Buffalo Sabres

2010-11 Prediction 3rd Eastern Conference

The problem I've always had with predictions is that there are just too many variables to accurately assess whether or not they were worthwhile or just a waste of time. Since I'm the one writing this, I already know my predications are a waste of time, but for the sake of giving an accurate portrayal of this edition of the Sabres, I feel the need to disclaim that predicting them to win the division a) does not indicate I think they will have playoff success, and b) could be rendered even more useless with a few key injuries. If G Ryan Miller goes down for any period of time, this team could be in trouble. The same could be said of Calder (Rookie of the Year) winner D Tyler Myers or any of the other defenseman this team has left after the departures of Henrik Tallinder and Toni Lydman. Guys like Jordan Leopold, Steve Montador, and Andrej Sekera will need to stay healthy and log quality minutes for this season not to go south. Up front the team is not exceptional, but solid. C Derek Roy, RW Jason Pominville, and LW Thomas Vanek  are more than capable of putting up enough points to give this team a chance to win. Add C Rob Neidermayer (the last standing Neidermayer) to the mix for some additional veteran leadership and Buffalo should have plenty of times to celebrate until mid-April.

Player to Watch: D Tyler Myers

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