Buffalo Sabres’ Experience Must Shine in Postseason

April 7th, 2010 by Spencer Timkey Leave a reply »
When the Buffalo Sabres last won the Northeast Division title, they were Presidents' Trophy winners and favorites to win the Stanley Cup.

Things didn't turn out so well in the 2006-07 season.

However, things look different as the postseason approaches. The Sabres look hungrier, grittier, and much more determined.

Yes, the team is still very young and has a lot of growing to do before it can be considered a perennial Cup favorite. Some critics say they don't have enough scoring depth. Some say the team is too small physically and will never make it out of the first round.

What this Buffalo team does have, however, is playoff experience.

Of that 2006-07 team, 13 Sabres are still playing in Buffalo. The core group has stayed together—Ryan Miller, Thomas Vanek, Jason Pominville, Derek Roy—and that experience is crucial come playoffs.

After the lockout, Buffalo was a ragtag group of young gunners who exceeded everyone's wildest expectations.

After weathering those storms, this team will be better acclimated to the pressures of playoff hockey. Leadership and experience are two virtues you see ...

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