Everytime I look at the Sabres forwards, I find it hard to slot everyone and thus determine who draws the short straw because each adds something we might need. Also it may depend on whether Reinhart plays wing or center.
There are 9 guys who are making the team; Jack, Kane, Sam, KO, ROR, Pommers, Pouliot, Larry and Big Z.
I think Jbot hopes at least two jobs go to kids from a group of Bailey, Baptiste, Fasching, Griffith or Erod. If I'm correct, that leaves Josefson, Moulson and Delo to battle for 2 jobs. If a 3rd kid steps up, then they could be fighting for one job.
Delo's edge is he is our only fighter left. He can also skate and play D in a pinch. Won't crack the top 12, but as a 13th forward he may have use especially against very physical teams.
Josefson's edge is FO% and Pk ability. Two skills we sorely need, but he brings next to no offense.
Moulson's edge is position, experience, sadly his big contract and most importantly his PP scoring ability. If slashing calls and FO violations continue to be called in the regular season, his PP specialty takes on greater importance.
In theory, all 3 vets could make the club, but I don't this is the best interest of the Sabres long-term.
Where the issue with Reinhart comes in is if he is the 3rd center, that drops Larsson to 4th center and Josefson to 4th LW, movimg Moulson to the bench or Roch. With scoring at a premium and PP's possibly occuring in greater frequency, we just may need Moulson for one more season.
No. They're already over the vet limit. Gorges would just create an awful situation. He'll be in Buffalo.
We aren't over are veteran limit. Josefson, Griffith and Tennyson may make the Sabres and then only Porter and Paetsch count as vets under the rule. Also we have a ECHL team to stock and I think AHL teams can carry at least 26 active players because of NHL callups. Sending Falk or Gorges down shouldn't be an issue.
Yes we have some AHL only vets signed, but is it really an issue if they don't play.