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SABRES HAND OUT YEAR-END AWARDS

James Osiadlo wins 7th Man Award for 2013-14 season

Monday, 04.14.2014 / 4:30 PM / News
By Joe Ray  - Digital Content Intern
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SABRES HAND OUT YEAR-END AWARDS
The Buffalo Sabres handed out several year-end awards on Sunday

On Sunday, the Buffalo Sabres distributed team awards to three players prior to their season finale against the New York Islanders.

Goaltender Jhonas Enroth was named Unsung Hero, center Zemgus Girgensons was celebrated as the Rookie of the Year and center Tyler Ennis was voted the team’s Most Valuable Player. All three awards were given based on votes from their teammates.

While he has missed the last month of the season with a knee injury, Enroth’s play over the course of the season kept the Sabres in a number of games. The nomination caught the 25-year-old goaltender a bit off guard.

“I think I was a little bit surprised by it, but I appreciate it a lot, especially when it comes from the guys. I’m very proud of that,” Enroth said.

After backing up Ryan Miller for the majority of the season, Enroth became the Sabres’ top goaltender when Miller was traded to St. Louis on Feb. 28. However, Enroth went down with a lower-body injury on March 16 against Montreal and that opened the door for many others to get a chance in net.

Enroth has taken the injury in stride and drew a lot of positives from the past four weeks.

“Yeah, obviously I was disappointed,” he said. “I think I’m kind of glad it happened because I got a chance to step back and get a different kind of view. I think that was good for me and I think it was something I will take with me into next year.”

One of the Sabres’ most surprising young players this season has been Girgensons. All season long, Girgensons provided tons of energy with his physical play while also adding 22 points (8+14) in 70 games.

"It's great. It's awesome to feel that your teammates respect you and make a vote for you, so it was just an amazing feeling," he said.

Girgensons was also served as an alternate captain for the final game of the season. The Sabres clearly have high hopes for the 20-year-old Girgensons, who looks to take his game to another level next season.

"The ‘A’ was just an honor to wear. It doesn't happen to a lot of guys, especially at age 20,” he said. “I was pretty excited to wear it, and I hope I can be a leader next year for this team."

Ennis has been one of the top players that the Sabres have counted on when in need of a goal. Ennis surpassed the 20-goal plateau for the first time in his career this season, ending the year with 21 goals to go with 22 assists.

“It’s awesome, it’s so nice that the guys voted for me. Great group of guys, and it’s an honor to be named MVP amongst my peers,” he said. “Thanks to the boys for voting for me, I know it would be nice to be the MVP of a first-place team, but anytime you get an award like that it’s definitely an honor and I’m very thankful for it.”


The Sabres also took the opportunity to recognize their 7th Man of the Year, James Osiadlo. A 42-year season ticket holder, Osiadlo has a number of wonderful memories about the Sabres dating back to the franchise’s early days in the Memorial Auditorium.

“My best memory is getting to watch [Gilbert] Perrault, Reggie Fleming, all the old-timers,” Osiadlo said. “Eddie Shack was The Entertainer. My buddy and I were walking down Terrace Drive and we see this guy in a long red trenchcoat walking. We say, ‘Who could this be?’ It’s Eddie Shack. Punch Imlach told him that he wasn’t gonna be playing, so he left.

“Next thing you know, we’re inside the Aud, we hear ‘Eddie Shack, please report to the locker room.’ I look at my buddy, we both say, ‘He ain’t gonna be reporting.’ But that was one of the better ones. Just being in the old Aud Club, meeting Rob Ray, Brad May, [Matthew] Barnaby … it was good times there.”

Having seen so many players come and go over the course of four-plus decades, Osiadlo said his favorite player from the current Sabres roster is the son of a former Sabres player and captain.

“I would go with Marcus [Foligno], really. Mike Foligno was always my favorite,” he said. “So Foligno and then Hodgson, too." 

James’ daughter, Alex, participates in the SABAH program and has gotten the chance to meet many Sabres, including Foligno. Foligno took part in a ceremonial puck drop before the game with Alex. James dropped the puck in what was a special moment for the family.

As the Osiadlos look forward to a 43rd season as Sabres season-ticket holders, James said he is excited about the team’s future and hopes that they can take big strides forward in the offseason.

“More improvement, more improvement. That’s the only way up,” he said. “With Ted Nolan there and things moving forward, everything should be better.”

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82