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I wouldn't expect Thomas Vanek to ever score 40 goals agains but he's still an excellent top-line winger even if his contract is a bit large for the next two seasons. Derek Roy had a great career in Buffalo until he was traded this past summer for Steve Ott to add a bit of toughness to the Buffalo lineup.
Perhaps the smallest line in the NHL, at least as far as Ennis and Gerbe are concerned. But there's a lot of offensive upside here. Stafford has scored at least 20 goals in three of the past four years.
Paul Gaustad is one of the best face-off men in the NHL and provides some size down the middle. The Sabres shockingly were able to get a first-round draft pick for him from Nashville at the trade deadline last season. Clarke MacArthur has very quietly it seems scored 20 goals the past two seasons as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Offensive scratch: Patrick Kaleta
Defense pairing 2: Jan Hejda - Dennis Wideman
The Sabres originally drafted Dennis Wideman back in 2002 but never signed him. He eventually signed as a free agent with the St. Louis Blues and appeared in his first All-Star game as a member of the Washington Capitals this past season. He signed a huge contract with the Calgary Flames over the summer.
Defensive scratch: Mike Weber
Same pairing as they have now, and it's a pretty good one. I don't know that Miller is as good as his reputation says he is (or as good as people think he is based on his 2010 Olympics appearance) but he's still one of the better goalies in the league and capable of carrying a team when he gets hot.