Prospect could be ready for 'big' time
Blueliner brings comparisons to Bruins' behemoth, Zdeno Chara
Using the newly debuted projection system of Puck Prospectus, VUKOTA, Insider takes the temperature of players on every NHL team, checking in Sunday with the Sabres.
Summer Skate -- Buffalo Sabres
The Sabres were in the thick of the playoff race largely because netminder Ryan Miller was in net. When Miller went down with an injury, he took the rest of the team with him. The Sabres, while an excellent special-teams group, posted below-average results on offense and defense in even-strength situations. Will Thomas Vanek get the offensive support he needs to take Buffalo to the next level?
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2009 NHL OFFSEASON
The writers of Puck Prospectus break out their new VUKOTA projection system to examine players trending up and sliding down on every NHL team. And in anticipation of training camp, E.J. Hradek dishes on an intriguing player that could have a big impact in 2009-10.
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