Player Profile: Mike Weber

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2010-11 Regular Season stats:

#

Pos

Player

GP

G

A

P

+/-

PIM

PP

SH

GW

S

S%

6

D

Mike Weber

58

4

13

17

13

69

0

0

0

53

7.5

 2011 Postseason stats:

#

Pos

Player

GP

G

A

P

+/-

PIM

PP

SH

GW

S

S%

6

D

Mike Weber

7

0

1

1

-3

6

0

0

0

6

0.0

Career: 

#

Pos

Player

GP

G

A

P

+/-

PIM

PP

SH

GW

S

S%

6

D

Mike Weber

81

4

16

20

22

102

0

0

0

67

6.0

Look Back: Mike Weber was part of the of the ever revolving blue line that Lindy Ruff utilized throughout the 2010-11 season, but his development was an important step in this team’s development.  He was second on the team with a +13 rating and seemed to gain confidence throughout the second half of the season.  In his first full season on the parent club, Weber became part of the group of young defensemen that have many fans excited.  As much excitement as there is amongst that group, Weber exhibited some ill-timed poor play in the playoffs that ultimately hurt the team’s chances of advancing.  He’s just 23 years old and appears to have a solid NHL future ahead of him

Look Ahead: As solid as that NHL future appears, whether or not he stays with the Sabres remains to be seen.  Similar to Chris Butler and others, the Sabres have a plethora of RFAs to deal with, including Weber.  With Marc-Andre Gragnani, Chris Butler, Andrej Sekera and Weber all scheduled RFAs the likelihood of that entire group returning is small.  The Sabres appear poised to make a run at least one top tier free agent veteran on the blue line and roster spots are going to be at a premium.  The Sabres’ farm system is deep with several huge prospects on the blue line that will most likely push the efforts to add veteran leadership in that position.  Whether or not that affects Weber’s future remains to be seen, but after the playoff performance of Gragnani he isn’t likely to go anywhere.  The odd player(s) out remains to be seen.

Fake Darcy’s take: Good things always seem to happen when Websy’s on the ice. He was a +13 for us last year, and a +18 in Portland the year before that. The thing I really like is how he taunts Lindy about his -17 in ’88-’89.  He once asked Lindy if he played without a stick that season. Funny stuff, good kid.

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Twitter: @brianbund

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