Four Buffalo Sabres have been named to the fan ballot for the NHL All-Star game in Montreal on January 25, 2009.
Ryan Miller — The Sabres net minder is currently sitting on a league leading 1.62 GAA and a .942 save percentage. Those are excellent numbers for a goaltender who has not always had the best stats.
He is coming off back-to-back shutouts, the first time a Buffalo goalie has done that since Marty Biron in 2003.
Thomas Vanek — Vanek currently leads all players in goals scored with 11. He has scored even strength, on the power play, and shorthanded. He also has three helpers and is sitting at a plus-5 right now.
Derek Roy — While Roy hasn't shown a lot of offense yet this season, he is expected to be a huge player for the Sabres. He currently has only two goals and four assists, but has been playing decent hockey for the most part this season. Time will tell if he is indeed going to break out this year.
Teppo Numminen — Teppo, at the age of 40, is looking at his fourth NHL All-Star game, the last one being in 2001. After missing the entire season (except one game) last year, Buffalo re-signed him to a one-year deal in the offseason, and it's paying off.
His veteran leadership and smart play is helping Buffalo to become a better all-around team. He has one goal and four assists so far this season.
Fans can begin selecting up to six players from both the Eastern and Western Conference on November 12. Each team in the NHL has at least two players representing them on the 104 player ballot.