Today the Eastern All Star reserves are announced, and it’s pretty obvious who will get selected from Buffalo’s roster. Still, the Sabres don’t play until tomorrow and there’s not all that much to talk about. Here we go:
Thomas Vanek. C’mon people, it’s Atlas we’re talking about here. He’s currently in a three-way tie for most goals (27), and 25th overall in points. If Vanek doesn’t make it, Austria will invade a neighboring nation. Probably Liechtenstein. You hear that, Bettman? BLOOD WILL BE ON YOUR HANDS!!!
Derek Roy. Just look at him. He’s adorable, he rarely frowns, and according to Mike Fisher up there he looks fantastic in hockey pants. Currently 24th in total points, it would seem logical that he gets in as well. His problem may lie in the abundance of centers ahead of him on that list, but for the sake of simplicity let’s say he makes it so we can all be upset about it come noon-ish.
Do I think he deserves to be there? Yeah, probably. I don’t love his effort the majority of the time, and I agree with Kevin when he says that, “He is the face of the Sabres problems to this point (no, he isn’t the problem, but he represents all the bad qualities with which this team is capable of playing).” Actually, that pretty much nails it.
Still, do you see Roy on a roster alongside Malkin, Savard, Backstrom, Richards, and Krejci? Yeah, me either.
So… what about Jason Pominville? He has 31 points and has been decent all year, right? While this is true, the same can be said for a half dozen other guys. He’s had a good season, but the difference between 37 points and 31 points on the year is about 40 spots on the leader board. I doubt many Sabres fans really gave Pominville a second look for the team, but I thought it was interesting to see the difference between a good year and an all star performance. From the looks of this it’s about six points.
When rosters get announced, we’ll be sure to let you know about it.