The Buffalo Sabres aren’t looking for a winning season, but it’s still never good news when a player is dealing with nagging injuries — hence the concern surrounding defenseman Zach Bogosian‘s second straight absence from the lineup.
The team has confirmed that they’ve recalled Chad Ruhwedel from the Rochester Americans to fill the hole left in the lineup by Bogosian’s continued absence — compounded with issues already existing for the team via an injured Andrej Meszaros — and he’ll make his season NHL debut.
Without Bogosian and Meszaros in the lineup, though, the team is left looking a lot like the Arizona Coyotes — icing a defensive roster that barely seem legal to drink, much less carry top ice minutes. Bogosian has been skating over twenty-six minutes per night for the Sabres since being dealt by the Winnipeg Jets over a month ago; with him and veteran Meszaros gone, the team’s most experienced defensemen are Josh Gorges and, arguably, Mike Weber. Youngsters like Nikita Zadorov and Rasmus Ristolainen are left to lead the charge, despite being inexperienced and still left with lots to learn about being a top pairing player.
The team hasn’t confirmed what’s wrong with Bogosian beyond that it’s a lower body injury and the team doctors are taking a look at it. Hopefully, he’ll be able to rejoin the lineup soon — because while the season isn’t about winning, it’s still about teaching the younger players what roles they’ll be fitting into moving forward. For now, this gives the Washington Capitals a chance to really pull ahead in the playoff race.