When the Buffalo Sabres acquired Steve Ott from Dallas last summer, it was the most important of several moves to make this team tougher to play against. Plain and simple, fans had to endure a squad that was spineless last season. But is the 30-year-old veteran going to be more than just a grinder for Buffalo?
Ott proved with the Stars that he could contribute offensively. He's not a guy that's going to ever net you 30 goals, but players who can give you 15 with 150 PIM are few and far between.
That's especially true in Western New York, where the Sabres have rarely had someone capable of numbers like those.
Incumbent ultra-pest Patrick Kaleta has never had more than 15 points in a season. In essence, Ott is a better version of Kaleta.
Ahead, we're going to look at three reasons why No. 9 will flourish in his first year with his new club.