Anaheim - October 23, 2014 - Following every Sabres game, we’ll be taking a little look at the previous night’s action with a little segment called “good, bad and ugly”. Expect a loooooooot of ugly.
There was nothing good about the Sabres last night, so I’m going to take this space to give applause to Corey Perry. He turned in a hat trick effort last night, absolutely wrecking the Sabres at any opportunity. He’s talented enough as it is, but rolled into his game – physical, aggressive, fast – he’s almost too much to handle at times.
He and teammate Ryan Getzlaf (and John Tavares and Tyler Seguin) are tied for the league-lead with 10 points, eight of those being goals. That’s ridiculous when you consider the fact that the Sabres have just eight goals as a team. That’s not a typo or an exaggeration, the Sabres have just eight goals as a team this season. That’s right, Rick Nash and Corey Perry are as productive offensively as the Sabres. Is it June yet?
I still have total faith in Tim Murray and the rest of the staff, but why the hell is Sam Reinhart even on the team anymore? I get that they get nine games before the first year of his entry-level contract kicks in, but what is the point of keeping him in Buffalo if he’s going to get next to nothing in terms of playing time and spend that little time he does get with Cody McCormick and Nick Deslauriers?
Maybe I’m just being ultra-paranoid because of the way Mikhail Grigorenko was handled, but that is a fair feeling to have. They might have irrevocably damaged one of their most talented prospects. I really don’t want to see them do that to their highest draft pick in 26 years and most touted prospect since Pierre Turgeon. Just send him down, already.
I don’t recall much about last year because for my own health, my brain blocks out that portion of my memory but I really don’t remember the Sabres being this bad of a possession team last year. Seriously, they spend half the game chasing the puck and can’t seem to hold onto it when they do get it. They’re playing like a team of squirts, unsure of what to do with the puck when they actually do get it.
There’s no offense because they’re not possessing the puck for long in the attacking zone and they’re not just putting pucks on net to create chances in front. It’s an awful combination when you’re a bad team. They teach you from a young age to just get the puck on net because you never know what can happen and it seems like the Sabres are ignoring that. You’re a bad team that struggles offensively. Why would you not put every single puck possible on net from any angle you could?
This is going to be a long, long season and it doesn’t seem like things are going to get much better. It strikes me as just as much a system issue as it is a talent issue. Hopefully, they can make some adjustments and at least be competitive.
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