In the end, the Sabres went higher-risk/high reward by picking Ville Leino over Brad Richards. Can Leino be a center again? He was very good in limited faceoff duty last year. He played the position until he was 23, so we have to hope it’s like riding a bike. Ville has to be happy about potentially being with some solid young talent, whether it’s Gerbe or Ennis or Stafford or Pominville. I’m willing to give this a try and get behind Leino. Add in Ehrhoff and Regehr, hope for solid full seasons from Gerbe and Ennis, and this year should be a solid step up from the last.
Or, Darcy Regier could trade several of the players currently on the roster away, and completely up-end my thoughts here. Isn’t it fun?