DOWN THE DOZEN
Thursday, 04.7.2011 / 1:52 PM ET
|Tyler Ennis (Photo: Bill Wippert)|
-I think some credit is due to the media-maligned scouting department here at the Sabres. The younger and computer savvy scouts down the hall seem to know what they’re doing, especially when it comes to drafting. Want proof? Check out the current roster and the Portland Pirates that have contributed along the way. Many of the same scouts were here for the 2005 Draft that produced Nathan Gerbe and current defensemen Andrej Sekera, Chris Butler and Marc-Andre Gragnani. The 2006 Draft brought Mike Weber and Jhonas Enroth. Paul Byron was drafted late in the 2007 Draft, and had memorable contributions this season. The 2008 Draft has had a profound impact on this season with Tyler Myers and Tyler Ennis playing big roles, and Luke Adam racking up some frequent flyer miles. Great stuff there, and I’m looking forward to seeing the fruition of the 2009 Draft, with selections Zack Kassian, Brayden McNabb and Marcus Foligno.
-I think I am speaking for all players, fans, employees and their families when I say “CHANGE THE SCHEDULE NEXT YEAR!” I know there are many things to factor in when making the NHL schedule, and the 2011 World Junior Championship played a big role for the Sabres, but this second half was just brutal. The highest number of back-to-back games in the league and a two-week eastern road trip should not return next year. When you think of it, with the schedule and injuries, there were plenty of excuses for the team to fold the tent. That makes what they have accomplished even more impressive.
-I’m not sure how fans feel about the set change on the 200 level, but it’s growing on me.
-I’ll have what Jhonas Enroth is having.