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Michael Pachla
Buffalo Sabres
Location: solid!!!
Joined: 09.05.2007

Wednesday @ 9:33 AM ET
jcragcrumple
Buffalo Sabres
Location: "What's the frequency, Jason," is your business degree, uh huh
Joined: 04.04.2016

Wednesday @ 9:36 AM ET
I will never forget that Housley didn't give him a shot with Eichel when the season was over. What a waste, but hey, Girgensons and Pominville earned it by being veterans on a last-place team. He should probably be traded if he's not gonna be in the top-9. I see him having a Paul Byron career.
Slapjackzack
Buffalo Sabres
Location: NY
Joined: 08.02.2016

Wednesday @ 9:39 AM ET
I will never forget that Housley didn't give him a shot with Eichel when the season was over. What a waste, but hey, Girgensons and Pominville earned it by being veterans on a last-place team. He should probably be traded if he's not gonna be in the top-9. I see him having a Paul Byron career.
- jcragcrumple

I agree... I rather have girgs than larrson though.
jcragcrumple
Buffalo Sabres
Location: "What's the frequency, Jason," is your business degree, uh huh
Joined: 04.04.2016

Wednesday @ 9:49 AM ET
7 goals in 47 games, while playing fewer than 10 minutes. Has the speed we need and the finishing ability. Played most of his time with Nolan, Larsson and Josefson. If he's in the top-9 with Mittelstadt or Berglund as his center, he'd get 15-20. Give him some damn minutes and some PP2 time. For some reason, I have a feeling we're gonna be watching 22, 28 and 29 instead of him, which is a damn shame.
RhinoFan
Buffalo Sabres
Location: It's the things you can't put numbers on that makes Matthews better.
Joined: 10.12.2015

Wednesday @ 9:49 AM ET
I'm hoping Nick gets a chance with Jack as well. As MP says, he has the raw talent to be successful or the right tools to do so. He's a long ways off from a top line winger, but given depth it may have to happen.

Baptiste - Eichel - Skunkeroo
Sheary - Mitts - Okposo
Girgs - Berglund - Pommer
Wilson - E-Rod - Thompson
Sobotka

Forward lines would be so???
Michael Pachla
Buffalo Sabres
Location: solid!!!
Joined: 09.05.2007

Wednesday @ 9:49 AM ET
I will never forget that Housley didn't give him a shot with Eichel when the season was over. What a waste, but hey, Girgensons and Pominville earned it by being veterans on a last-place team. He should probably be traded if he's not gonna be in the top-9. I see him having a Paul Byron career.
- jcragcrumple


yeah...coaches do really stupid things, like McDavid vs. Larsson to start the first McEichel matchup...

in Buffalo no less


Michael Pachla
Buffalo Sabres
Location: solid!!!
Joined: 09.05.2007

Wednesday @ 9:52 AM ET
7 goals in 47 games, while playing fewer than 10 minutes. Has the speed we need and the finishing ability. Played most of his time with Nolan, Larsson and Josefson. If he's in the top-9 with Mittelstadt or Berglund as his center, he'd get 15-20. Give him some damn minutes and some PP2 time. For some reason, I have a feeling we're gonna be watching 22, 28 and 29 instead of him, which is a damn shame.
- jcragcrumple


gonna be interesting as he's a right-winger...sam, Okposo and Thompson with his (supposed) promises of a top-six shot vying for spots on the top two lines
Shadman306
Season Ticket Holder
Joined: 06.11.2015

Wednesday @ 9:54 AM ET
I think we could see some of them switch sides.

That would certainly help us out
jcragcrumple
Buffalo Sabres
Location: "What's the frequency, Jason," is your business degree, uh huh
Joined: 04.04.2016

Wednesday @ 9:56 AM ET
gonna be interesting as he's a right-winger...sam, Okposo and Thompson with his (supposed) promises of a top-six shot vying for spots on the top two lines
- Michael Pachla


That's why I think he's done here, unless Reinhart moves to center, which is probably a bad idea. Reinhart at center would open things up, but he doesn't seem to be able to produce. If he could, I would go

Sheary-Eichel-Okposo
Erod-Mitts-Thompson
Berglund-Reinhart-Baptiste
Bailey-Sobotka-Pominville

A productive Reinhart at center helps the team. Idk if he can pull it off though.
RhinoFan
Buffalo Sabres
Location: It's the things you can't put numbers on that makes Matthews better.
Joined: 10.12.2015

Wednesday @ 9:59 AM ET
That's why I think he's done here, unless Reinhart moves to center, which is probably a bad idea. Reinhart at center would open things up, but he doesn't seem to be able to produce. If he could, I would go

Sheary-Eichel-Okposo
Erod-Mitts-Thompson
Berglund-Reinhart-Baptiste
Bailey-Sobotka-Pominville

A productive Reinhart at center helps the team. Idk if he can pull it off though.

- jcragcrumple


He can't.
jochfr
Buffalo Sabres
Location: It's totally menstrual , TN
Joined: 07.11.2009

Wednesday @ 10:00 AM ET
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Michael Pachla
Buffalo Sabres
Location: solid!!!
Joined: 09.05.2007

Wednesday @ 10:00 AM ET
That's why I think he's done here, unless Reinhart moves to center, which is probably a bad idea. Reinhart at center would open things up, but he doesn't seem to be able to produce. If he could, I would go

Sheary-Eichel-Okposo
Erod-Mitts-Thompson
Berglund-Reinhart-Baptiste
Bailey-Sobotka-Pominville

A productive Reinhart at center helps the team. Idk if he can pull it off though.

- jcragcrumple

I don't get all this Thompson love
Michael Pachla
Buffalo Sabres
Location: solid!!!
Joined: 09.05.2007

Wednesday @ 10:01 AM ET
He can't.
- RhinoFan

as was proven last season
jcragcrumple
Buffalo Sabres
Location: "What's the frequency, Jason," is your business degree, uh huh
Joined: 04.04.2016

Wednesday @ 10:03 AM ET
I don't get all this Thompson love
- Michael Pachla


Shiny new toy syndrome
RhinoFan
Buffalo Sabres
Location: It's the things you can't put numbers on that makes Matthews better.
Joined: 10.12.2015

Wednesday @ 10:04 AM ET
as was proven last season
- Michael Pachla


Yeah, makes me sad.

He's a sure fire 30 goal 1RW next season though!
Shadman306
Season Ticket Holder
Joined: 06.11.2015

Wednesday @ 10:06 AM ET
I don't get all this Thompson love
- Michael Pachla


I have grown on him after watching some videos and reading old scouting reports.

Hes about as fast a reinhart is now and he plays a hard nosed go to the net style.

Some size and a little power skating and he certainly has the skill to play in the top 6.

He was rushed in St. Louis and then stuck in the bottom 6 because they have too many vets.

I think some freedom in the top 6 might let him get some confidence and he may shine..

There will be some growing pains though
Shadman306
Season Ticket Holder
Joined: 06.11.2015

Wednesday @ 10:08 AM ET
as was proven last season
- Michael Pachla


I think if he can stay clean (as the rumors were) the same way he was the second half of the season last year he might be able to pull off playing center.

SABRES 89
Season Ticket Holder
Buffalo Sabres
Location: Las Vegas, VIA Buffalo N.Y. They all STINK
Joined: 02.17.2007

Wednesday @ 10:08 AM ET
Steve Smith new ASSt. Coach
Michael Pachla
Buffalo Sabres
Location: solid!!!
Joined: 09.05.2007

Wednesday @ 10:08 AM ET
Shiny new toy syndrome
- jcragcrumple




still
Michael Pachla
Buffalo Sabres
Location: solid!!!
Joined: 09.05.2007

Wednesday @ 10:09 AM ET
Steve Smith new ASSt. Coach
- SABRES 89

saw that...

wonder if that means hajt is done
jochfr
Buffalo Sabres
Location: It's totally menstrual , TN
Joined: 07.11.2009

Wednesday @ 10:13 AM ET
saw that...

wonder if that means hajt is done

- Michael Pachla

Whoever was in charge of the powerplay should be shot in the face and then fired.
SABRES 89
Season Ticket Holder
Buffalo Sabres
Location: Las Vegas, VIA Buffalo N.Y. They all STINK
Joined: 02.17.2007

Wednesday @ 10:13 AM ET
Sorry Patch, the computer i'm on at work is having issues and I don't have the Icon to reply to a poster, just have the reply button at the top of the page.

Yea looks like he's done, he looked over his head but they both may be gone.
jcragcrumple
Buffalo Sabres
Location: "What's the frequency, Jason," is your business degree, uh huh
Joined: 04.04.2016

Wednesday @ 10:13 AM ET
I think if he can stay clean (as the rumors were) the same way he was the second half of the season last year he might be able to pull off playing center.
- Shadman306


I think the problem with Reinhart at center is that to some degree, the scouting report on him was wrong. People talked about elite vision and playmaking, but he's a goalscorer, except from behind the net, where he's excellent. I don't know that he can be as effective of a goalscorer at center.
Shadman306
Season Ticket Holder
Joined: 06.11.2015

Wednesday @ 10:18 AM ET
I think the problem with Reinhart at center is that to some degree, the scouting report on him was wrong. People talked about elite vision and playmaking, but he's a goalscorer, except from behind the net, where he's excellent. I don't know that he can be as effective of a goalscorer at center.
- jcragcrumple


I think that Thompson can be Reinhart Lite with more size.
Glak18
Philadelphia Flyers
Location: Tater tots go with everything, PA
Joined: 06.26.2007

Wednesday @ 10:23 AM ET
I am so behind on hockey from being on vacation...

I was wondering why ROR wasn't in the lineup then saw he was traded.

Buffalo thoughts on trade? Obviously not as close as a haul the Toronto...I mean Buffalo fans were asking for.
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