While we discuss which professional tryout has the best shot at cracking their respective NHL roster, the Buffalo Sabres have decided to enter the ring. The team has signed Cody Goloubef to a PTO, bringing him into camp to compete for a roster spot against the likes of Viktor Antipin and Brendan Guhle.
The Sabres are trying desperately to rebuild a defense corps on the fly, as it has been part of their downfall for several years. Bringing in Marco Scandella, Nathan Beaulieu and Antipin has already given it a substantial face lift, and now Goloubef will try and show that he could be number seven or eight on the depth chart for the team. The 27-year old played 33 games for the Blue Jackets last season, but has rarely shown anything other than bottom-pairing skill in the NHL.
Drafted 37th-overall in 2008, Goloubef never did grow into any offensive potential he once had, and has just 23 points in 129 career NHL contests. Perhaps he can earn himself a two-way deal and spend time in the AHL, and show that his lack of production the last few years has been more due to injury (jaw, knee) than performance.