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While there are many questions about the Sabres' forward unit, none of those questions revolve around their top six.
In what may be seen by many as their lines 1a and 1b, the Sabres' top six could be as good as anybody's in the league.
Line 1a will likely be Thomas Vanek on the left, Cody Hodgson at the pivot, and Jason Pominville on the right wing. Vanek and Pominville played extremely well together last year and head coach Lindy Ruff will likely want to keep the two together to give Cody Hodgson the ability to use his natural playmaking abilities.
Line 1b will feature the dynamic Marcus Foligno—Tyler Ennis—Drew Stafford combination that seemed close to unstoppable at times during their 13 game run last season. Ennis had been battling injuries during his stint with Langnau of the Swiss-A league and not much light has been shed on their severity, but he should be good to go when the puck drops.
The bottom six forwards is where the questions start.
Four spots seem to be set with Ville Leino, Steve Ott, Nathan Gerbe, and Patrick Kaleta slated for the wing spots on lines three and four, with Ott able to play a hybrid center-wing position, especially in the defensive zone.
The issue is the centers for the third and fourth lines.
As of right now it seems Cody McCormick, Luke Adam, and Kevin Porter will all spend some time on the team, with McCormick and Porter splitting the fourth line responsibilities depending on the matchup.
But that does not include Mikhail Grigorenko who has simply lit up his fellow juniors on both the QMJHL level and the Wolrd Junior Championship stage. An unconfirmed report popped up last month that said the Sabres had guaranteed that Grigorenko would be available to his QMJHL team, the Quebec Remparts, regardless of whether the NHL had a season or not.
If he is unavailable, look for the Adam, Porter, McCormick rotation. If he is available, he will likely slot in, at least for his nine game tryout period, at the third line center, pushing Adam back to the fourth line where he would likely have McCormick behind him in the press box.