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Buffalo Sabres Have Talent Around Dynamic Duo of Wingers

James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

The Buffalo Sabres have started the lockout-shortened 2013 NHL season off well, winning two of three games while tallying four points, best for third in the Eastern Conference’s Northeast Division after one week of play. Before the shortened season began, all the buzz in Buffalo was around the Sabres’ dynamic duo of wingers–Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville–but as the Sabres’ first three games have shown, they have a lot of talent around those two players.

Specifically in between those two wingers is center Cody Hodgson, who is looking to solidify his spot in the Sabres’ lineup. Hodgson is seeing his first real action with Buffalo after being acquired in a trade with the Vancouver Canucks last February. That deal included Alexander Sulzer and sent Zack Kassian and Marc-Andrew Gragnani from Buffalo to Vancouver.

Hodgson definitely has no easy task ahead of him in trying to make that No. 1 center spot his own. Buffalo has a huge hole there without Derek Roy, but the Sabres’ brass is more than confident in Hodgson being able to step in and take hold of it.

If Hodgson answers the bell and thrives in this new role, the Sabres will have a dynamite trio of Vanek and Pominville at the wings with Hodgson filling the middle and that will definitely make them dangerous playoff contenders in a season that will see the wildest postseason in recent NHL memory.