Derek Roy, Thomas Vanek, Jason Pominville—all a part of the Buffalo Sabres offense, but none of them are at the level of a star forward. That is what Buffalo is really lacking: a star forward.
Star forwards are guys like Alexander Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, Joe Thornton, Eric Staal, Evgeni Malkin, Jarome Iginla, etc.
Buffalo has a great chance to lock one of those up come this year’s free agency period. Ilya Kovalchuk, Patrick Marleau, Teemu Selanne, and others of their level are all going to be unrestricted free agents when the season wraps up. Those are the kind of players that Buffalo needs.
Vanek is good, no doubt, but he’s still not on the level of those kinds of players. Plus, if you pair him up with a guy like Marleau, for example (even though I believe he’ll be heading elsewhere) it could do wonders for Vanek’s play and the team’s overall performance.
A line of Vanek, Marleau, and Pominville, for example, could be very dangerous for opposing teams.
The Sabres need to go out and get a top-notch player that can score plenty of goals and help make the teammates around him better. It would certainly help Buffalo have even more success next year.
Remember the days of Daniel Briere and Chris Drury? Those were the days when the Buffalo offense was lethal. Not anymore, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get the same level of play again.