And I'll rebut the (already well-rebutted) OP with his choice of rebuttal:
1. What other callup would have guaranteed scoresheet points in the past 4 games, with guaranteed equal or better W-L record outcome?"
2. Butler or Rivet as the 18th skater is a better lineup, how?
3. Or would BUF have been better off dressing only 11 forwards - surely Byron PREVENTED another Sabre from scoring more - Maybe Nieds would have 3 goals by now if he was double-shifted to get Byron's minutes.
IMO, the recent injuries, call-ups, and line situation has FINALLY temporarily (it's Lindy, after all) resulted in forward lines which are balanced and effective.
 If only because we can't have "All Cody, All the Time".
very impressed so far. and LOVE that line...Gerbe and Byron, with Cody as protector of little kids. The Toronto game where Cody made sure every shift to let the opponents know not to mess with the little guys... which in turn, allows them to play chippy games
Yes so true, because Cody is so feared in the NHL.
As a rookie trying to fit in to a team Byron had played well, not great, and not bad. He is playing well enough to not stand out as a phenom. or a weak link. As a rookie, that is a positive sign in my book.
As for McCormick .... Effective, better hands, than a few guys on this team, takes no ****. Like it, like it alot!
It also takes more than looking at a couple of box scores to assess a player.
Considering how effective he's been on the forecheck and throwing himself around winning puck battles, his game has been just fine.
Honestly, I'm a little surprised he didn't get an assist when he went down low to help force a turnover to McCormick on Vanek's 2nd goal in Tampa. Looked to me like he touched the puck. You can bet a "name" player would have gotten the benefit of the doubt there.