Tyler Myers and ...

Buffalo has a very well-balanced team; they just need a No. 2 defenseman

Originally Published: June 15, 2010
By Tom Awad and E.J. Hradek | Puck Prospectus and ESPN The Magazine
 Jordan Leopold Leon Halip/US PresswirePaul Martin would be an ideal top option for Buffalo, but Jordan Leopold could be a good fit as well.

Plugging Holes - Buffalo Sabres

The Hole: A No. 2 defenseman

The Sabres had a successful year, with goaltender Ryan Miller establishing himself as one of the best goaltenders in the NHL (if not the best) and leading the way to a Northeast-leading 100 points. Despite a disappointing first-round loss to the Boston Bruins, the Sabres showed they had a good, balanced team with no glaring weaknesses. They have a group of good (if small) forwards in Thomas Vanek, Derek Roy, Jason Pominville, Tim Connolly and Jochen Hecht, who combined for 55 goals versus threshold (GVT). However, with Toni Lydman and Henrik Tallinder both on the market as unrestricted free agents, the Sabres may need to bolster their blue line. Tyler Myers was a revelation last season and is clearly the No. 1 defenseman of the future, but the Sabres could use another solid presence on the blue line.

E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.