Young Roster Looks to Take Next Step for Buffalo Sabres
There are many key factors in building a successful team in the NHL; from players and coaching staff to scouts and management. This allows a franchise to build a foundation that will allow your team to be competitive for years at a time.
The Sabres have done just that.
The oldest players on the Sabres’ roster are a mere 32 years old. One of them is goalie Ryan Miller, the other two are defensemen Jordan Leopold and Robyn Regehr.
In NHL years, these players are in their prime and in this case as these three players are invaluable to a successful Sabres’ team.
Even veterans Christian Ehrhoff and Steve Ott are only 30 and 29 years old respectively.
Having this wealth of young talent and players in their prime on an NHL roster allows a team to build an identity together and become a strong core for the future.
Of course, there are always going to be those players that come and go. But, as you’ve seen through this summer there has only been one major move by the Sabres. That move was Derek Roy being traded to Dallas for Steve Ott.
This means that the coaching staff and management have faith in the core of players that they have put together from their NHL level players, to recent draft picks.
Though they happen to be a younger group, they have a lot of experience together. Buffalo has also added players over the past three offseasons, which will be very clear in their on ice production.
The draft pick Mikhail Grigorenko will be tough to keep off the pro roster. However, with a team of 20-somethings and low 30’s players that the Sabres can depend on, it allows prospects to properly develop at the AHL, junior, or NCAA level.
Chances are, with the exception of not resigning forward Thomas Vanek (which seems unlikely), the roster you’re seeing now is probably what you’ll see during the 2012-2013 season.
It also looks like a tough opponent.
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