The two month hot streak that the Sabres finished on last season was fueled in large part by the phenomenal, and to be honest, unsustainable, pace set by the line of Drew Stafford, Tyler Ennis, and Marcus Foligno. This season, while the line has yet to return to form, at least they're getting mild, if underwhelming, production from Ennis and Foligno.
The team has gotten absolutely nothing, however, from Drew Stafford.
Stafford has yet to score a single goal through 14 games, despite taking 40 shots and playing over 18:00 per game. For a guy who's expected to chip in at minimum 20 goals in a full season, he's on pace for, well, zero, and his lack of production is one of many reasons why the Sabres are not currently a good hockey team.
Before we break out the extreme vitriol, let me temper this article with a few positives. Stafford has been noticeable in his physical game, currently fourth among forwards with 17 hits, can be seen backchecking harder and more frequently this year than in the past, and has been used sparingly on the penalty kill. He's also playing against the toughest quality of competition out of all Sabres forwards by a fairly healthy margin, which is certainly something to take into account when mulling over his awful start.
Sabres Must Get Production Out Of Drew Stafford
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