The Buffalo Sabres are an American ice hockey team that takes part in the National Hockey League (NHL). The team is in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference, and it was formed in 1970. The KeyBank Center has been the home arena for the Sabres since 1996. Tom Golisano sold the team to Terry Pegula in 2011. The following are the six top Buffalo Sabres players in history:
Jim Schoenfeld (Defenseman)
Jim started playing for the Buffalo Sabres in 1972 and amassed 19 points in 66 matches. Even so, the hockey player was weak in the offense. The team drafted him fifth because of his exceptional defensive skills. He often shutdown offenses and blocked shots from tough opponents.
One day, Jim fought with another player along the boards. The fight went on in the hallway. Schoenfeld was involved in three fights that day. He had a total of 1,132 penalty minutes, and 255 points in 719 matches when he finished his ice hockey career. Jim has coached several NHL clubs in the past.
Mike Ramsey (Defenseman)
The NHL is one of the top professional sports in North America. It attracts talented players from different countries. Mike is among the top defensemen in the history of Buffalo Sabres. He was a physical and solid ice hockey player in the 1980s. Mike made 31 assists and scored eight goals during the 1986 season, he had an amazing shut down defensive ability. The defenseman amassed 345 points in 1,070 matches when he ended his professional career. The Sabres hired him as their assistant coach and he later joined the Minnesota Wild in 2000.
Daniel Briere (Center)
Despite being small, Daniel had unique offensive skills. Most opposing players dreaded facing him. The centre player played three seasons for Buffalo Sabres before leaving the club in 2007. He garnered 95 points in 81 games in his final year. As part of the Sabres squad, Daniel amassed 34 points in 34 playoff games.
Alexander Mogilny (Right Wing)
Alexander played as an offensive player for the Buffalo Sabres for six seasons. He amassed 84 points in 67 matches in 1991 and scored 76 goals in 77 matches in 1992. Unfortunately, Alexander didn’t win the top goalscorer title that year. He made 51 assists and ended the season with 127 points. Most times, Alexander partnered with LaFontaine. So, his production decreased significantly after LaFontaine sustained severe injuries. Alexander later joined the Vancouver Canucks.
Ryan Miller (Goaltender)
Ryan is one of the best goaltenders that the Buffalo Sabres has ever had. He helped the team win 40 games in two seasons. Also, the goaltender helped Team USA win the gold medal during the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. Last season, he had 2.22 goals against a .929 save percentage.
Lindy Ruff (Defenseman/Left Wing)
Lindy was a physical defenseman for the Sabres in the past. He captained the hockey team in 1987 after Gilbert Perreault departed. Unlike other captains, Lindy had great chemistry with younger players. He played for the Sabres for 10 seasons. During which, he missed games for three years due to injuries.
The National Hockey League (NHL) has a huge following in North Africa. It comprises teams such as Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks, Vancouver Canucks, and Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres has produced top ice hockey players including Jim Schoenfeld, Mike Ramsey, Daniel Briere, Alexander Mogilny, Ryan Miller, and Lindy Ruff. But, the team has never won the Stanley Cup.