Buffalo Sabres add Size, Toughness in Free Agency
With the first two weeks of free agency over and the focus moving towards that of the new CBA agreement, let’s take a look at what the Sabres have done during the offseason so far.
A veteran of five seasons and one of the biggest wingers in the NHL, John Scott comes in at 6-feet, 8 inches and 270 pounds. Although he’s only averaged a point per season in his career, his role will be to bring size, toughness, and experience to the roster.
He may not be in the lineup every night, but Scott will be invaluable against division rivals who have used size to their advantage in seasons past.
Longtime Dallas Star, Steve Ott, and teammate Adam Pardy came over in a deal in return for Derek Roy. Pardy, who is on his third NHL team, comes in at 6-feet, 4 inches, and 220 pounds.
He’ll help round out the Sabres’ defense corps and use his large frame to help clear goalie Ryan Miller’s crease.
Ott is a bit smaller than Pardy and Scott, at 6-feet, 190 pounds, and has had similar numbers to Derek Roy over the past two seasons. He scored 32 points during the 2010-2011 season and 39 this past season.
In the same time, Roy scored 52 and 44 points respectively. Ott has shown he can produce but will do so with a bit more of a physical presence in the opponent’s end of the rink.
Ott will also be another veteran presence in the locker room. Also, he’ll be a key player in keeping the rival Ottawa Senators’ power forward Chris Neil at bay.
Free agent pick-up Kevin Porter, also on his third NHL team, will be most likely be a bottom-six forward with limited playing time. Along, with the aforementioned players, he’ll play his role when called upon.
The 6-feet, 190-pound forward and former Hobey Baker award winner is talented enough to score 10 goals as he did during the 2010-2011 season and will be expected to help out with the team’s secondary scoring.
Something interesting worth noting on the Sabres’ roster is that there are currently only three players on the roster who are under 6-feet tall. Those players are forwards Tyler Ennis (5-feet, 9-inches) and Nathan Gerbe (5-feet, 5-inches), and goaltender Jhonas Enroth (5-feet, 10-inches).
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