Buffalo's "grow your own program" will hopefully start to bear fruit, as a few of their recent draft picks should be competing for permanent roster spots this season.
Boston College standout Nathan Gerbe, while only 5'5”, has already showcased his abilities by scoring 56 points in 57 games last season for the Portland Pirates. He was drafted in 2005 by Buffalo in the entry draft.
Meanwhile, Buffalo native Tim Kennedy should also be competing for a LW spot. He scored 67 points in 73 games last year in Portland. I would say that behind Vanek, Hecht, and Paille, it's wide open. These two could make it interesting.
The most anticipated arrival in the past few years has been the early draft pick, defense man Tyler Myers. Not only is his skill and raw talent allegedly solid, the kid is 6'8”. If you can remember a few years back, Chara was kind of a very large tomato can with a rocket slap shot. He's since developed his skill to become an obvious force at 6'9”, and a premier defender in the league.
Could Myers be the next Chara? Word is from practice reports is that the guys have to really be on point when he's on ice because he was ripping people's heads off!
Him and Butler had a little inside competition with each other to see who could lay the smack down on fools!
With the Montador addition and the Barbarian up front, there could be record PIMs this year! As I've said before, watch out for Tyler Myers.