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Sabres LW Prospects are Few: Should Sabres Target Filatov?

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Pegula’s 3 year plan is about to get nasty.

The Buffalo Sabres have a nice crop of big, angry prospects that are nearly pro-ready. Darcy Regier’s philosophy shift from drafting small and speedy to big and nasty is about to affect the lineup in Buffalo, with guys like Zack Kassian and Marcus Foligno posturing as likely call-ups next year.  Brayden McNabb just signed onto a 3 year entry level deal, and the punishing 6’4″ defenseman will be looking to join the pro ranks at the AHL level.

So how do these prospects fit into Pegula’s plan to win the Cup within 3 years?

Let’s examine the Sabres’ current depth chart:

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From "Yahoo! Sports."

This picture will change on July 1st, when teams go nuts trying to fill out their roster at the beginning of free agency.  Darcy Regier has never been a GM to join the insanity, but with his new “Pegula Bucks,” he may actually be free to land some pretty good players this year.  Until then, this is what we do know: the defensive corps is a young one, but the prospects run deep.  At RW, veterans have pretty much locked up the roster for now.  Center will be thin with the likely UFA departure of Rob Niedermayer and possibly Cody McCormick.  At LW, well, besdies Thomas Vanek, positioning is pretty much up for grabs.  Even Hecht has only one year left on his contract, and he sometimes lines up at center.

Lindy Ruff has done well juggling the lineup to keep the LW position full on gamenights, but is there help on the way?  Here’s a quick look at Portland’s roster at the end of the 2010-11 season:

Players who can be considered NHL ready at the LW position include, well, actually there’s just one – Luke Adam – and he could very well line up at the faceoff dot for the Sabres.

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