Reason #528 the Sabres are good
How heady is it that the Buffalo Sabres organization has the top team in not only the NHL, but also the AHL?
The combined record of the Sabres and their affiliate, the Rochester Americans, is 36-8-3 on the year, which means GM Darcy Regier (seen at right) and Co. haven't really had too many let downs through the first quarter of 2006-07.
What's even more impressive is how heavily the Sabres have relied on their farm system — nine players currently on Buffalo's 22-man roster have played full-time on the Amerks since 2004-05 — and been able to continue to win by plugging holes with youngsters from the farm. Already this season, Jiri Novotny, Drew Stafford, Daniel Paille, Nathan Paetsch, Michael Funk, Michael Ryan and Mike Card have made the jump. (And if you think that sounds like an awful lot of inexperienced bodies for a first-place team, you're absolutely right.)
Anyway, that's all I've got on the subject... it's really rather impressive and I haven't heard it brought up nearly enough. Discuss amongst yourselves — and keep in mind some blasted the Sabres for scaling back their scouting staff the past few years.
UPDATE Tom Luongo offers his thoughts on the matter at Sabre Rattling today.