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03-12-2013, 01:22 AM
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Brightest spot of this year thus far

What has it been, in your opinion?

Talking about players, preferably, and not "we finally fired Ruff!"

I'm leaning towards Hodgson's emergence offensively right now. I've been content with Sekera and Ehrhoff to a certain extent, and Flynn has provided a bit of a babyspark. But man, what a depressing year so far.

What have you liked the most this year as of now, from an individual player standpoint? Just curious.

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Outside of Hodgson, I'd have to say the length of the season as I don't think I could handle 82 games of this crap

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03-12-2013, 01:30 AM
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Hodgson AINEC.

Miller has been good for the most part though not recently. Ennis has been decent. Ott has been good, Vanek started off godlike and tapered off once again.

Other than that, there is literally nothing else to be proud of.

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There's a glare on the glass in the visitors end of the arena. Brightest spot I've seen all season.

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Seriously, the kid was incredible.


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03-12-2013, 07:49 AM
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I would agree that the emergence of Hodgson has been perhaps the most encouraging development in a discouraging season. Hopefully, the horrible season will show Pegula and Black that the Sabres have seriously overrated their talent and that they have constructed a bad, though expensive, team. This is a team that has a slow 5'5" guy who can't score and seems to be an ideal candidate for a nice career in the AHL and a career third line agitator playing on their second scoring line and getting big power play time. Yes, they both try hard and hustle, etc., etc., but there are very few teams, and no good teams, in the NHL where Gerbe and Ott would be filling those roles. Lately, the best looking line has been three guys who have spent most of the year in Rochester. The Sabres love to talk about their great talent level, but I don't see it. Their few good players, like Vanek, Miller, Pominville, and Ehrhoff, are what I would consider to be second tier stars. None is a true franchise player. Some teams, like Pittsburgh, with Crosby and Malkin, and Chicago, with Toews and Kane, have multiple such players. The Sabres have a long way to go to catch up to those teams, even if they solve their mental and work ethic issues.

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03-12-2013, 07:54 AM
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Seriously, the kid was incredible.

I'm on board with this.

Also, Hodgson pretty easily.

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Getting rid of Ruff would pale in comparison to turfing Doug Allen.


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Seriously, the kid was incredible.


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03-12-2013, 08:35 AM
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Hodgson

there isn't a single other choice... there is no one in 2nd place.

Ennis didn't take a step forward
Foligno took a step back
Grigorenko has looked like another year of juniors was the right path
Myers is a mess
Stafford took a dump
Poms has disappointed
Vanek has cooled off
Sulzer/Leopold/Brennan/Pardy have been less than acceptable
Regehr and Sekera have been... acceptable
Ehrhoff looks worth his cap hit again... whoopy
All those 3rd and 4th liner AHLers... no matter how good they play, you can't call having a bunch of AHL fodder in the lineup a "bright spot"
Ott was probably on the list of bright spots before doing his best Paul Gaustad impression vs Philly

I guess 2nd place goes to Weber, who went from garbage to serviceable. That's nice.

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03-12-2013, 08:41 AM
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Our draft number this year followed by Hodgson

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The prospect of getting a top 3 draft pick for the first time since 1986. That is honestly what I am most excited about.

It's astounding that, as bad as this team has been at times, the Sabres have had only two picks in the top 10 in the last 27 years! Erik Rasmussen (7th overall) and Thomas Vanek (5th overall).

I dont know how this team has gone so long without bottoming out and rebuilding from a core of legitimate top prospects.

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As everyone else has mentioned, Hodgson, and that's about it...

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Outside of Hodgson, I'd have to say the length of the season as I don't think I could handle 82 games of this crap
Saw thread title. Came to post the above. ONG beat me to it.
Past month I've had the thought "they ended the lockout for THIS?"

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Bright spot this year on the ice is definitely Hodgson. He's the only guy of consequence who really exceeded expectations a bit. Even taking numbers out of the equation, he went from a guy with footspeed issues who we'd hope would play a smart game to someone who looks like he can be a dynamic star out there. Still has a lot to improve upon but he actually looks like he has a chance to at some point be described as a top line center rather than the "top 6 center" we're used to.

Off the ice I suppose firing Ruff addressed some doubts people were starting to have about ownership, regardless of who made the decision (even if it was all Darcy, Pegula obviously had to sign off on it). And in that vein, the fact they haven't yet and are therefore are unlikely to give up future assets for a chance to try squeaking into the playoffs shows they're going about this season the right way since the wheels fell off.

Just do me a favor and don't start a 'biggest disappointment' thread

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Vanek on a tear at the beginning of the season

Hodgson's emergence

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Removing Ruff.

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In order of "brightness"
Hodgson


Vanek


Ehrhoff is worth his cap hit


Weber not totally sucking

Miller I guess has kept the team from tanking even harder (or is that a bad thing?)


Flynn

That's about it

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Hodgson

there isn't a single other choice... there is no one in 2nd place.

Ennis didn't take a step forward
Foligno took a step back
Grigorenko has looked like another year of juniors was the right path
Myers is a mess
Stafford took a dump
Poms has disappointed
Vanek has cooled off
Sulzer/Leopold/Brennan/Pardy have been less than acceptable
Regehr and Sekera have been... acceptable
Ehrhoff looks worth his cap hit again... whoopy
All those 3rd and 4th liner AHLers... no matter how good they play, you can't call having a bunch of AHL fodder in the lineup a "bright spot"
Ott was probably on the list of bright spots before doing his best Paul Gaustad impression vs Philly

I guess 2nd place goes to Weber, who went from garbage to serviceable. That's nice.
I think what you see with ennis at this point is what you're going to get...an alright secondary scoring option with speed and some creativity. FWIW I thought he was going to be more of a trainwreck defensively. It doesn't help that Foligno and Stafford haven't been worth a damn this year...having gerbe and ott in your top 6 definitely means you're in trouble

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I think what you see with ennis at this point is what you're going to get...an alright secondary scoring option with speed and some creativity. FWIW I thought he was going to be more of a trainwreck defensively. It doesn't help that Foligno and Stafford haven't been worth a damn this year...having gerbe and ott in your top 6 definitely means you're in trouble
I still think Ennis has room to grow, but it's going to be in rounding out his game, consistency... he's not going to suddenly discover the skill to turn him into the 70-80 pt player some seem to think

those of us who said, "Ennis played super sheltered minutes down the stretch last year, expecting similar performance from him and his linemates in a top line role is a mistake".... we were right. And the Ennis Fan Car drove themselves off a cliff because they were blind

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By far the brightest spot of the year is that they finally reached a point where deep organizational changes were made and will continue to be made, and that we should get a franchise changer in the draft as long as things go right. We are in full turnover mode, and for that we can be thankful. There is enough quality youth that I don't think we will get stuck like Edmonton has been.

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I still think Ennis has room to grow, but it's going to be in rounding out his game, consistency... he's not going to suddenly discover the skill to turn him into the 70-80 pt player some seem to think

those of us who said, "Ennis played super sheltered minutes down the stretch last year, expecting similar performance from him and his linemates in a top line role is a mistake".... we were right. And the Ennis Fan Car drove themselves off a cliff because they were blind
Not really. I still think that if you get him a quality winger or two, he can be a big-time player. He hasn't exactly had much help.

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Not really. I still think that if you get him a quality winger or two, he can be a big-time player. He hasn't exactly had much help.
of course you still think that... you still think everything you always thought... predictably

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Hodgson and the fact that this crappy season is only 48gms.

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Hodgson


Vanek
Ott
Weber
Ennis producing with scrubs
Hoff
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