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Sabres Edge: Talent, here and now... Written by L.Catala - November 22nd, 2008

The sabres seem to have found their legs back, but time will only tell if they'll manage to live up to their reputation.

In an interesting poll, league wide, Those players were on the tribunal bench. Their value and therefor their talent questionned. Here are the amazing results...

 

 

 

 

Thomas Vanek:

With an amazing NHL season so far, vanek only got a mere vote from the league's GMs. A potential tagged as a franchise winger, Vanek could end up one of the elites scorers in the CMHL for years to come.  He will need a lot more of ice time to reach that level...

 

Andrei Markov:

Markov has taken over the tough spot of Chris pronger. Quaterbacking the Powerplay and Buffalo's Blue line, This great puckhandler and puck mover might be somewhat underated by the leagues thinking heads with one unique vote.

 

Ilya Kovalchuk:

Only a few years ago was he the player everyone would talk about. His play in the NHL not the CMHL, might have been the reason Ilya got only 2 votes. With great ST and elite passing/scoring ratings, Anyone should see him as a great 25 yrs old talent, someone you could build around on any other franchise. The great depth on the Sabres roster might have been the reason of his ongoing defeat.

Saku Koivu:

The little finnish warrior had to fight all his life and face adversity. Once more, his leadership and ratings weren't enough to allow him more than 2 votes in the eyes of the GMs. Fair enough ! He's in Buffalo to stay as he turned the concession since his arrival and manages to center one of the best lines in the CMHL.

 

Daniel Alfredsson:

We believe him to be the best scorer in the CMHL. He continued to prove it since he got traded from Florida, as he scored no less than 18 goals in 20 games. Alfy is a fierce competitor, a great player even with his advancing age. Great leader, he'll still need to prove himself in the post season.

 

Evgeny Nabokov:

 

Entering the top 3 is Mr Nabokov. The GMs made it clear goaltending was to be taken seriously and with 6 votes, they managed to let us know loud and clear. The recently acquired goaltender, hasn't played much yet, as the Oilers played him days in days out. At a relatively decent age for the position, Nabby can only help the sabres facing the tough opposition of Brodeur, Luongo and Khabibulin all year long.

 

 

Jonathan Toews:

 

"Here's the future, and the future is now," said a wise man not long ago. That statement could easily go along franchise center Toews, who will have a nice if not great career in the CMHL. We have reasons to believe he'll be around for a long, long time... GMs who turned him down might  have nightmares by now...

 

 

 

Carey Price:

10 to 20 years. Touching woods, if everything goes according plan, "Iceman" Price will be around that long in the CMHL and the Sabres. At 20 yrs old, he already is one of the top goaltenders in the NHL, proved to be as good in his 4 last outings. great composure, quick reflexes and excellent puckhandling are all that much we need to feel like we're safe in nets. Backing Mr Nabokov for 2 years, Price will get all that much needed experience in order to prove himself. Don't worry too much Carey, you already proved too much !

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