|Assets:||Owns an impressive size/skill package. Can score goals and also play a physical game from the wing position. Is at his best when he drives through heavy scoring areas and uses his size, puck skills and sneaky-fast shot.|
|Flaws:||Must prove he can play a consistent brand of hockey in all three zones, since he tends to disappear for stretches. Takes shifts off from time to time. Could stand to diversify his game a little to keep defenses guessing.|
|Career Potential:||Big, inconsistent scoring winger.|
|2/03/2014||Missed 4 games (upper body injury).|
|1/30/2014||Upper body injury, injured reserve.|
|1/27/2014||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|1/15/2014||Missed 4 games (upper body injury).|
|1/09/2014||Upper body injury, injured reserve.|
|1/03/2014||Upper body injury, sidelined indefinitely.|
|2/04/2012||Missed 1 game (flu).|
|6/03/2011||Signed by the Buffalo Sabres to a four-year contract extension.|
|3/15/2011||Missed 2 games (hamstring).|
|1/25/2011||Missed 3 games (groin).|
|12/15/2010||Missed 4 games (upper body injury).|
|12/04/2010||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|12/03/2010||Missed 11 games (shoulder injury).|
|11/16/2010||Shoulder injury, injured reserve.|
|11/06/2010||Upper body injury, sidelined indefinitely.|
|4/19/2010||Missed 3 games (concussion).|
|3/20/2010||Missed 6 games (groin).|
|3/07/2010||Groin, sidelined indefinitely.|
|11/25/2009||Missed 1 game (lower body injury).|
|11/21/2009||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|11/18/2009||Missed 1 game (hip flexor).|
|11/14/2009||Hip flexor, day-to-day.|
|9/13/2009||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Buffalo Sabres to a two-year contract.|
|6/29/2009||Buffalo Sabres tendered a qualifying offer.|
|2/29/2008||Missed 10 games (right ankle injury).|
|2/09/2008||Right ankle injury, sidelined indefinitely.|
|2/05/2008||Missed 1 game (sprained right ankle).|
|2/01/2008||Sprained right ankle, day-to-day.|
|1/04/2008||Missed 3 games (concussion).|
|11/28/2007||Missed 3 games (shoulder injury).|
|11/23/2007||Shoulder injury, day-to-day.|
|4/09/2007||Recalled from Rochester (AHL).|
|4/07/2007||Assigned to Rochester (AHL).|
|2/16/2007||Recalled from Rochester (AHL).|
|1/26/2007||Assigned to Rochester (AHL).|
|1/17/2007||Recalled from Rochester (AHL).|
|1/07/2007||Assigned to Rochester (AHL).|
|1/05/2007||Recalled from Rochester (AHL).|
|12/31/2006||Assigned to Rochester (AHL).|
|12/30/2006||Recalled from Rochester (AHL).|
|12/14/2006||Assigned to Rochester (AHL).|
|12/12/2006||Recalled from Rochester (AHL).|
|12/04/2006||Assigned to Rochester (AHL).|
|12/01/2006||Recalled from Rochester (AHL).|
|11/27/2006||Assigned to Rochester (AHL).|
|11/15/2006||Recalled from Rochester (AHL).|
|11/14/2006||Assigned to Rochester (AHL).|
|11/10/2006||Recalled from Rochester (AHL).|
|11/06/2006||Assigned to Rochester (AHL).|
|11/05/2006||Recalled from Rochester (AHL).|
|9/29/2006||Assigned to Rochester (AHL).|
|5/03/2006||Signed by the Buffalo Sabres to a three-year contract.|
|6/26/2004||Drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1st round (13th overall) in 2004.|
Drew Stafford scores lone BUF goal in loss | 03/11/2014 9:42 PM
NewsDrew Stafford scored the lone Sabres' goal in a 4-1 loss to Nashville on Tuesday night.
ImpactStafford has 12 goals and 27 points through 57 games this season, and goals in two straight games.
Drew Stafford notches lone goal for Sabres | 03/09/2014 10:17 PM
NewsDrew Stafford, retained by the Buffalo Sabres despite strong interest from the Minnesota Wild before the NHL's trade deadline a few days ago, scored for Buffalo in a 2-1 loss to the visiting Chicago Blackhawks Sunday night.
ImpactThe right winger now has 11 goals on the season.
Report: Wild interested in Drew Stafford | 03/05/2014 10:46 AM
NewsAccording to multiple sources, the Minnesota Wild have an interest in acquiring Drew Stafford from the Buffalo Sabres.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
ImpactStafford is very good friends with Zach Parise and he knows Jason Pominville from their days in Buffalo, so he could fit in nicely there. He has 10 goals and 25 points in 53 games this season.
Drew Stafford earns 2 assists vs. Hurricanes | 02/26/2014 7:15 AM
NewsDrew Stafford contributed two assists in Tuesday's 3-2 triumph over Carolina.
ImpactHe has three goals and three assists during his four-game scoring streak. Stafford has been hot lately with 11 points in his last eight matches.
Drew Stafford stays hot with lone goal | 02/05/2014 10:27 PM
NewsDrew Stafford was the only Buffalo scorer in Wednesday's 5-1 loss to the Penguins.
ImpactStafford's ninth of the campaign was his fifth tally over his last six outings. Linemate Tyler Ennis registered his 12th point in his last 13 contests by drawing the only assist on the marker.
Drew Stafford scores shortie in loss | 02/03/2014 10:13 PM
NewsDrew Stafford netted a shorthanded goal for the Sabres in a 3-2 loss to Edmonton Monday night.
ImpactStafford's goal was his eighth of the season and his fourth over his last five games. Steve Ott also contributed in the losing effort with a power play goal in defeat.
Drew Stafford will play Monday | 02/03/2014 2:02 PM
NewsDrew Stafford will return from his upper-body injury Monday.
ImpactHe skated on a line with Tyler Ennis and Linus Omark in the morning. Stafford has seven goals and 18 points in 46 games this season.
Stafford almost ready to return to action | 02/01/2014 9:48 AM
NewsDrew Stafford is on the verge of returning to action.
ImpactHe is dealing with an upper-body injury but he has been practising with his Sabre teammates and is almost ready to suit up. He likely won't play Saturday afternoon against Colorado but should be ready to go next week.
Sabres move Stafford to IR, but he's close | 01/31/2014 6:48 AM
NewsDrew Stafford (upper body) was moved to injured reserve on Thursday.
ImpactThe Sabres made the transaction to activate Matt D'Agostini for Thursday's match against Phoenix. Stafford skated with his teammates in the morning, but he missed his third straight game with an upper-body injury. He is getting close to being available to return.
Drew Stafford sits Monday with UBI | 01/28/2014 6:43 AM
NewsDrew Stafford (upper body) didn't play Monday.
ImpactInterim coach Ted Nolan called the ailment a recurrence of the upper-body injury he suffered earlier in the month when he missed four games. It's suspected to be a shoulder ailment. He probably won't be available to play on Tuesday either.
Drew Stafford suffers UBI against Columbus | 01/25/2014 11:59 PM
NewsDrew Stafford suffered an upper-body injury Saturday night.
Mike Harrington on Twitter
ImpactSabres coach Ted Nolan had nothing new to report after the game on the matching injuries to forwards Stafford and Ville Leino. Stafford played 12:17 with a shot on goal in the Sabres' win. He has seven goals and 18 points this season.
Drew Stafford could be trending upward | 01/23/2014 9:46 AM
NewsDrew Stafford has registered two goals and three points in his last two games.
ImpactIt's been a tough year offensively for Stafford, but interim coach Ted Nolan has continued to give the struggling winger quality ice time. "We all need someone to believe in us and give opportunities," Nolan said. "Drew is a proven player. He's played here for a while. I think he deserved all the respect a player of his magnitude deserves. He didn't disappoint. He competed, but it just didn't go in for him. Now the last few weeks the puck seems to be finding the back of the net." Stafford is also second on the Sabres with 107 shots this season. He could be someone to watch even though most Buffalo players have proven to be undesirable fantasy options this year.
Drew Stafford scores twice in loss to FLA | 01/21/2014 9:58 PM
NewsDrew Stafford buried a pair of goals and added an assist in Buffalo's 4-3 loss to Florida Tuesday night.
ImpactStafford's best effort of the season increases his output to 17 points in 44 games.
Stafford back but still needs a boost | 01/18/2014 9:09 AM
NewsThe Sabres are hoping that Drew Stafford, who returned to action Wednesday after missing five games with an upper body injury, plays better against the Blue Jackets Saturday.
ImpactStafford's timing was a bit off. "He did OK," coach Ted Nolan said. "Being out that long, you're timing's off but hopefully he's better next game." We are not optimistic about Stafford's prospects going forward. Once a fantasy asset, the vetern winger has only 13 points in 41 games and hasn't been a scoring threat for a few seasons now.
Buffalo will get back Drew Stafford Wednesday | 01/15/2014 5:16 PM
NewsDrew Stafford (upper body) will rejoin the Sabres' lineup on Wednesday.
John Vogl on Twitter
ImpactStafford missed five consecutive games. He has 13 points and 29 penalty minutes in 41 games this season.
Drew Stafford might return soon from UBI | 01/14/2014 6:50 AM
NewsDrew Stafford (upper body) practiced Monday in a no-contact jersey.
Impact"I think it's more a day-to-day kind of thing," Stafford said. "I had a really long day today, a hard-working day, so we'll see how it responds later today and tomorrow morning. That's pretty much where we're at." He has missed three games with an upper-body injury, but could be back in the lineup at some point this week.
Sabres place Drew Stafford on IR | 01/09/2014 1:08 PM
NewsDrew Stafford (upper body) has been placed on injured reserve.
ImpactHe suffered an upper-body injury on Jan. 2 against Minnesota. An exact timetable hasn't been provided for his return.
Drew Stafford's injury could be long-term | 01/03/2014 7:10 AM
NewsDrew Stafford's upper-body injury wasn't classified as a day-to-day ailment after Thursday's loss to Minnesota, which suggests that it could be a long-term problem.
ImpactHe exited the contest during the first period following a collision with Wild forward Matt Cooke. Stafford has four goals and 13 points in 41 games this season.
Drew Stafford exits with upper body injury | 01/02/2014 9:26 PM
NewsDrew Stafford was forced out of Thursday's game against the Wild due to an upper body injury.
Buffalo Sabres on Twitter
ImpactThere had been speculation that Stafford might be involved in a deal with the Canadiens for the disgruntled Daniel Briere, but we have to presume any trade talks will be halted until there's an update on Stafford's condition.
Drew Stafford scores fourth goal of season | 12/29/2013 8:19 PM
NewsDrew Stafford was the Buffalo Sabres' only goal scorer during regulation as they beat the Washington Capitals 2-1 (SO) on Sunday.
ImpactThat's his fourth tally of 2013-14. It seems clear that he's lost the form that saw him peak with 31 goals in 2010-11 and two other 20-goal campaigns (in 2008-09 and 2011-12).
Drew Stafford ejected on Monday night | 12/23/2013 9:47 PM
NewsDrew Stafford picked up 15 total penalty minutes in Buffalo's 2-1 overtime win over Phoenix.
ImpactStafford was given a five minute major and a game misconduct for elbowing Oliver Ekman-Larsson. Through 37 games, the winger has 12 points and 19 penalty minutes.
Drew Stafford scores GWG to end goal drought | 12/20/2013 9:02 AM
NewsDrew Stafford ended a 17-game goalless drought Thursday night when he scored the game-winning goal against Boston.
Impact"You know, long time coming," Stafford said. "I had to stick with it, and sooner or later one was going to have to go in. I'm getting my shots, getting my chances. To be able to do get one there to help contribute to a win makes it even better." He scored on wraparound to earn his third marker in 35 games this season.
Sabres' Drew Stafford can't buy a goal | 12/13/2013 7:00 AM
NewsDrew Stafford had six shots and an assist in Thursday's 2-1 loss to Ottawa.
ImpactThe helper broke a five-game pointless streak for the Buffalo winger, but it also extended his goalless drought to 15 games. Stafford has recorded just two goals on 77 shots this season.
Nolan, Sabres hope to rebuild Drew Stafford | 12/04/2013 6:55 AM
NewsDrew Stafford has a clean slate with interim coach Ted Nolan, but he still hasn't regained his offensive touch.
ImpactStafford and Buffalo's previous regime had their share of issues, which may have contributed to his lack of confidence. "The one thing hopefully I can help is his mental mind-set, make him feel better about himself," Nolan said. "In return, he'll be a better contributor." Stafford's goalless skid has hit 11 consecutive games and he has just four assists over that time. He plays on Buffalo's top line and quarterbacks the power play, so he'll have to show something soon or his chances could run out with the Sabres.
Goals have been tough to get for D. Stafford | 11/25/2013 9:38 AM
NewsDrew Stafford hasn't scored a goal in his last eight games.
ImpactHe has just three assists over that span. Stafford has contribute just two goals and eight points in 25 games this season. "We need to put it away," said Stafford. "We are getting the chances, myself included. It's just a matter of taking that little extra second and just find a spot instead of shooting to get shots."
Drew Stafford posts two points vs. Sharks | 11/06/2013 7:17 AM
NewsDrew Stafford notched a goal and an assist in Buffalo's 5-4 shootout win over San Jose.
ImpactHe also four shots on goal in Tuesday's contest. The win was just the third of the year for the abysmal Sabres and it came against a very good Sharks team. "It's huge. Even the way we won, we didn't take the easy way out," said Stafford. "We definitely made it interesting, but we weathered their storm because they're a heck of a team over there. They wanted to take the game back, and we were able to weather it and get the win." He snapped a six-game scoring drought with his two-point performance to give him five points in 17 matches.
Drew Stafford scores first goal of year | 10/12/2013 11:56 PM
NewsDrew Stafford scored the only goal for the Sabres on Saturday night in their 2-1 loss.
ImpactIt was Stafford's first goal of the season. After scoring 31 and 20 in consecutive season, Stafford fell off dramatically last season with just six. Buffalo will struggle to score as it is, so Stafford finding his old form would be a big help. Cody Hodgson and Mark Pysyk had the assists.
Drew Stafford needs to pick up his game | 09/28/2013 9:09 AM
NewsDrew Stafford has not played particularly well this pre-season.
ImpactThis is somewhat troubling for the Sabres as Stafford is being counted on to score goals and rebound from a very poor 2013 showing in which he tallied only six times in 46 games. Given that Stafford is paid $4 million per season, Sabre management may soon become frustrated if Stafford doesn't pick up his game.
D.Stafford hopes to bounce back with Sabres | 05/09/2013 10:34 AM
NewsThe lockout-shortened season didn't go the way Drew Stafford planned.
Impact"I had an expectation for myself to carry over from the previous two years and continue to have production goal-scoring-wise," Stafford said. "It just wasn't there this year." He registered 31 goals in 2010-11 and 20 in 2011-12, but found the back of the net just six times in 46 games in 2013. Stafford finished the year with 18 points and a career worse minus-16 rating. He has two seasons left on a four-year, $16 million deal and it isn't clear if he'll be part of Buffalo's rebuilding plan. Stafford hopes to be back though and he wants to rebound with the Sabres.
Drew Stafford picks up 2 points in loss | 03/28/2013 10:40 PM
NewsDrew Stafford scored a goal and added an assist for the Sabres in a 5-4 shootout loss to Florida Thursday.
ImpactHe has clearly responded to being scratched for two straight games prior to this one and might just be getting back on track toward the end of a miserable season. Nathan Gerbe, Marcus Foligno and Andrej Sekera also tallied for the Sabres in the loss.
Drew Stafford will dress Thursday night | 03/27/2013 5:31 PM
NewsDrew Stafford will get back into Buffalo's lineup Thursday whether Thomas Vanek can play or not.
ImpactCoach Ron Rolston made that call Wednesday after practice. Stafford has been a healthy scratch for the last two games, but he isn't wondering about being traded. "That's not something I was thinking about. I need to ignore the noise, focus on getting better and improving myself," he said. "Being out of the lineup, my No. 1 priority is focusing on coming back, playing strong and playing hard and helping this team win games. That's all about where my head is at." He has four goals and 11 points in 31 games this campaign.
Stafford will be a healthy scratch Saturday | 03/23/2013 4:06 PM
NewsDrew Stafford will spend Saturday's game in the press box.
Impact"It's definitely disappointing, but it's his decision and something I have to respect," Stafford said. "I have to work my way back into the lineup. It's no secret I haven't been getting on the score sheet." Stafford has just four goals and 11 points in 31 games this season. That's a huge step down from his 31-goal campaign in 2010-11. Maybe have a hot finish to the season following this healthy scratch, but we can't recommend owning him in standard leagues at this time.
Drew Stafford demoted to Sabres' fourth line | 02/19/2013 4:39 PM
NewsBuffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff has demoted Drew Stafford to the fourth line for Tuesday night's game.
ImpactStafford has just one goal on the season and is carrying a minus-5 rating and Ruff is hoping a demotion snaps him out of his slump. We don't expect Stafford to stay on the fourth line for long since the Sabres don't have a ton of scoring talent up front. That said, we also don't know when the notoriously streaky Stafford will start scoring again. It might be best in some formats to walk away from him and monitor him from the waiver wire.
Stafford relieved goal-scoring slump over | 02/16/2013 10:40 AM
NewsDrew Stafford was relieved he scored Friday night ending a 17-game goal drought.
ImpactThe talented winger had scored 51 goals in the Sabres' last 140 games prior his 17-game goalless streak. "That's something I've been working for, and finally it's nice to get rewarded," said Stafford. "I've been waiting for it to happen. Finally, it went in. It was a good feeling. More importantly, it's not about me in here. It was a great win by the guys, and I was glad to contribute and hopefully continue." As he is a streaky player, we wouldn't be surprised if Stafford went on a bit of roll now that the pressure of scoring is off him.
Drew Stafford ends 17-game goal drought | 02/15/2013 10:50 PM
NewsDrew Stafford ended his 17-game goal drought in Buffalo's 4-2 win over the Bruins on Friday night.
ImpactStafford also had an assist to give him seven points in 15 games this year. The winger has 45 shots on net this season, but a miserable 2.2 shooting percentage, which is obviously something that should improve so long as he continues to generate chances. Christian Ehrhoff and Tyler Myers also both had a goal and an assist, with Cody Hodgson potting in the other. Tyler Ennis had two assists.
Drew Stafford mired in bad goal drought | 02/15/2013 10:08 AM
NewsDrew Stafford hasn't scored a goal since March 31, a span of 17 games.
ImpactEven more amazing: Of the 300 players without a goal this season, nobody has come up empty more times than Stafford, who has 40 shots on goal, good for 29th in the league. "You just have to keep with it, keep working. You can't give up," Stafford said. "You can't let the negativity creep in. You can't show up to the rink the next day and be moping around because that just brings everyone else down. It's times like these that a good thing I like to say is, `The game reveals your character.' Stafford, who had 51 goals over the last two seasons, is in the second year of a four-year, $16 million deal. He has a mere five assists on the season.
Drew Stafford still goalless despite 40 shots | 02/13/2013 11:02 AM
NewsDrew Stafford added four more shots to his season total of 40 in Tuesday's loss to Ottawa.
ImpactThe Sabres have been struggling on offense beyond their top line and Stafford doesn't have a goal yet this season. He has the most shots among NHL skaters who haven't found the back of the net. Stafford has five assists in 14 games.
Sabres search for secondary offense | 02/05/2013 9:02 AM
NewsDrew Stafford has no goals on 23 shots this season.
ImpactLinemates Marcus Foligno and Tyler Ennis have three goals between them, as the Sabres have struggled nine games into the year to secure offense beyond their top line of Thomas Vanek, Cody Hodgson and Jason Pominville. Coach Lindy Ruff had a one-on-one conversation with Stafford and showed video to other players, while placing emphasis on capitalizing on their chances.
Drew Stafford is still scoreless in 2013 | 02/02/2013 5:56 PM
NewsDrew Stafford had three shots on goal and a minus-one rating in Saturday's 6-1 loss to Montreal.
ImpactStafford has no goals on 22 shots in eight games this season. On the plus side, he has recorded three assists and it should just be a matter of time before he finds the back of the net.
|Goals||2||vs. Fla||Jan 21||2|
|Assists||2||vs. Car||Feb 25||2|
|Points||3||vs. Fla||Jan 21||2|
|Penalty Minutes||15||vs. Phx||Dec 23||5|
|Plus/Minus||2||2 times-last:at Ott||last:Feb 6||2|
|Power Play Goals||1||2 times-last:vs. Nas||last:Mar 11||0|
|Power Play Points||2||vs. Fla||Jan 21||1|
|Shorthanded Goals||1||vs. Edm||Feb 3||0|
|Shorthanded Points||1||vs. Edm||Feb 3||0|
|Shots||6||3 times-last:vs. Bos||last:Feb 26||5|
|Penalty Minutes||51||2007-08 (Buf)|
|Power Play Goals||11||2010-11 (Buf)|
|Shorthanded Goals||1||2011-12 (Buf)|
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