26-Year-Old Goalie – Buffalo Sabres
Jhonas Enroth Contract Information:
Signed a two-year, $2.5 million deal with the Sabres in June of 2013.
Enroth missed the final month of the season with a lower-body injury, which has now been revealed as a sprained MCL, The Buffalo News reports.
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Jhonas Enroth: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
In two full seasons of being firmly entrenched as the Sabresí backup, Enroth had done little to put pressure on incumbent Ryan Miller until a string of starts last April. Then, he backstopped Sweden to a gold medal at the World Championships and was named the tournamentís top goaltender. With trade rumors circling Miller and the Sabres rebuilding, the timing could be ripe for Enroth to see an increased role. Wins might be hard to come by in Buffalo, but Enroth seems poised to improve on his numbers (4-4-1, 2.60 GAA, .919 SV%) and is at the very least a must-have insurance pickup for Miller owners.
Enroth saw action in 26 games last season, posting an 8-11-4 record, but rarely left the bench during the Sabres' playoff push as the club once again relied on Ryan Miller. He was named to the NHL's All-Rookie team, but it's not like there were many other netminders to choose from; most of Enroth's playing time came while Miller was healing from a concussion sustained during the infamous Milan Lucic incident. Enroth is likely to start about 20 games this season, as it doesn't appear Coach Lindy Ruff is ready to stray too far from the workhorse Buffalo has in Miller. Look at Enroth as a handcuff for Miller in standard leagues and he's worth stashing away on rosters in deep keeper leagues.
Enroth signed a new deal with the Sabres over the summer, and while it is a two-way contract, most expect the talented young goaltender to remain in Buffalo as the backstop to Ryan Miller for most of 2011-12. In a handful of starts for Buffalo last year, Enroth was extremely hot and extremely cold. His save percentage (.907) left a lot to be desired in his starts in Buffalo, and it really wasn't that great in his appearances for Buffalo's AHL affiliate in Portland either (.912). Still, he's shined before early in his career so there's upside here, and he's easily a better backup than an aged Patrick Lalime was the last few seasons.
Enroth is one of the brighter prospects in the Sabres organization, but, as a goalie in Buffalo's system, he won't be with the big club unless there are injuries. A great 2010-11 in Portland this season could give the Sabres a good problem to have -- depth in goal. It will be fun to check in from time to time and see how the Swedish goalie is progressing on the farm.
In his first season in the AHL, Enroth posted 2.75 goals against average and a .914 save percentage. Although he is still considered to be one of the top goalie prospects in the league, the Sabres aren't looking to move him to the NHL anytime soon with Ryan Miller under a long term contract. As of now, Enroth's best chances rely on an injured Miller or as trade bait.
Enroth will make the switch from his native Sweden to the AHL this season. He's a highly touted prospect, but there's no room for him in Buffalo with Ryan Miller signed through 2013-14.
Enroth is a 19-year-old that the Sabres hope will develop into an NHL-ready prospect in the next two or three years. His upside is significant, but look for him to spend at least another year in his native Sweden.
With backup goalie Martin Biron the subject of trade talks, Enroth may actually see the NHL sooner rather than later. He is still extremely young, however, so the Sabres may keep him in the minors for a while.