2008/09 Buffalo Sabres Season Preview

Buffalo Sabres4.  Buffalo Sabres Season Preview

Just like they have for the past couple seasons the Sabres are a young, fast and skilled team. Only question is how big of a factor will injuries be.

Thomas Vanek headlines this forward group and has developed some chemistry with Derek Roy over the past two seasons. Jason Pominville will look to continue his sold play from last season and the young Drew Stafford will look to crack the top 6. Maxim Afinogenov will look to rebound from last year and the skilled Tim Connolly will try his best to stay healthy.

Like Boston, Buffalo’s defence doesn’t jump out at you but it is fairly solid. Teppo Numminen will look to have a good season but wont be leaned on as much due to health reasons. Toni Lydman, Jaroslav Spacek, Henrik Tallinder and Nathan Paetsch are all good defencemen and the new captain Craig Rivet will look to be the steady veteran in their own end.

In net the Sabres are set with Ryan Miller as the #1 and Patrick Lalime as the backup.

As long as they can stay healthy they should be fighting with Boston for 3rd in the division and a playoff spot in the East.

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