Report Card 10/03
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11-04-2003, 01:14 PM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Buffalo, NY
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Sabres October Report Card (6-5-0-0)
Drury's leadership and Pyatt's (6 G) development big bright spots. AHLers (Taylor, Botterill, Pittis) made valuable contributions. Verdict still out on Max.
Unit as a whole overcame slow/soft start. Zhitnik has returned to #1 d-man form. Emergence of Fitzpatrick (+7) offset by disappointing start for Tallinder and Kalinin. Patrick is a rock...or fossil, but you get the point.
Powerplay (11th NHL) has been above average despite Delmore's (0 points) ineffectiveness. Penalty killing (22nd NHL) should be better.
Miller lost starting job early by no fault of his own. Marty (2.21 GAA, .924 SV%) has been strong and close to consistent overall. Mika avoided characteristic slow start with early shutout.
Lindy deserves props for surviving the West Coast tilt as well as for penning the Pyatt/Drury/Briere in the Marriott. Rotating the "C" is debatable.
How do they manage a B+ average with a 6-5-0 record? At most we're looking at a C or C+ average with that record. I think your report card is more reflective of the Sabres performances following the 10/20 debacle in Vancouver and discounts their struggles in the first half of the month.
There's not much room for improvement if this team already has a B+ grade. They were badly outplayed in all 5 of their losses and in the win at Colorado. I'd give everyone a C grade on my report card for October.
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