Thursday, February 15, 2007

Afinogenov leaves game with injury

More information as it becomes available

UPDATE Afinogenov has a broken wrist, which will keep him out at least six weeks. My guess is he doesn't return until the first round of the playoffs, which is a tough break for the suddenly limping Sabres.

2 Comments:

At 1:23 AM, February 16, 2007, Anonymous Dan said...

Afinogenov will miss six weeks after breaking his left wrist - from the AP game story.

Novotny also went down and is out indefinitely. What kind of forward depth do the Sabres have on the farm?

 
At 7:48 AM, February 16, 2007, Blogger rob said...

good enough depth that they should be able to get through this and hang on to the #1 or #2 spot in the east. if Max does come back for the playoffs, this could actually strengthen the overall club by giving younger players some experience.

It'll be interesting to see the effect this has on Thomas Vanek - he has been meshed very well with Afinogenov in this breakout year for him. I'm expecting his line (along with Derek Roy) will have to take on a more responsible role, something Vanek had a lot of trouble with last year, leading to his eventual benching during the playoff run.

top candidates to take spots of Afinogenov and Novotny:

- Drew Stafford - their top prospect, and one who had a nice taste of the bigs earlier in the season with 19 games in Buffalo.

- Clarke MacArthur - another hard-nosed winger who probably has a top end of 15-25 goals at the NHL level.

neither will obviously bring what Max brings to the Sabres' offence as they both play more of a physical 2-way game.

Marek Zagrapan - a center - is their most offensively gifted prospect down in Rochester although has been having quite the down year for him w/ only 11 goals so far.

 

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