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21 Drew Stafford RW
Height/Weight: 6-2/214 | Birthdate: 10/30/1985 | Birthplace: Milwaukee, WI, USA | Team: Buffalo Sabres | College: North Dakota | NHL Experience: 8 | Salary: $4,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 23/9 | Average Draft Position: 176.83
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4/14/2014

Drew Stafford, RW, BUF

Drew Stafford

Sabres' Stafford Finishes Season With 16 Goals

News: Drew Stafford finished the season with 16 goals and 18 assists in 70 games.
Analysis: Drew Stafford, a notorious slow starter, came alive in the second half of the season, scoring 12 of his 16 goals after December. It's clear by now that the North Dakota alum just doesn't score consistently enough to be considered a top-line player anymore, just three years after scoring 31 goals in 62 games. Stafford also suffered a career-worst minus-19 rating, though he wasn't the only player on the Sabres to see his plus-minus rating drop. He'll enter the final year of his $4 million-per-season contract next fall; it's unlikely he'll be re-signed, and in fact he may be potential trade bait at next year's trade deadline.

4/10/2014

Drew Stafford, RW, BUF

Drew Stafford

Sabres' Stafford Nets Goal In Return

News: Drew Stafford (undisclosed) scored the team's lone goal in a 2-1 loss to the Rangers on Thursday.
Analysis: After ending March on a sour four-game point drought and sitting out four straight tilts with an undisclosed injury, Drew Stafford officially has a goal and two assists through two games in April. That's probably of little consolation to the talented young winger who will once again watch the playoffs from home. Though the team has little to play for in their remaining two games, Stafford could still provide some offensive punch if he's available in more shallow leagues.

4/9/2014

Drew Stafford, RW, BUF

Drew Stafford

Sabres' Stafford Returning Thursday

News: Drew Stafford (undisclosed) will play Thursday against the Rangers, WGR 500 reports.
Analysis: The winger will draw back into the lineup Thursday, after sitting out the team's last four games with an undisclosed injury. He currently has 15 goals and 18 assists in 67 games this season.

4/9/2014

Drew Stafford, RW, BUF

Drew Stafford

Sabres' Stafford Back At Practice

News: Drew Stafford (undisclosed) practiced with the team Wednesday, Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: Drew Stafford has sat out the last four games with an undisclosed injury, but skated on the top line with Tyler Ennis and Chris Stewart at Wednesday's practice. Although his presence suggests that he might be ready to draw back into the lineup Thursday against the Rangers, Cory Conacher saw some time on the top line as well, so there's no guarantee that Stafford is ready to return.

4/8/2014

Drew Stafford, RW, BUF

Drew Stafford

Sabres' Stafford Out Tuesday

News: Drew Stafford (undisclosed) will not play Tuesday against the Red Wings.
Analysis: Coach Ted Nolan indicated after morning skate that he's hoping Drew Stafford will be recovered in time to play Thursday against the Rangers. Stafford's absence Tuesday is somewhat offset by the fact that the Sabres will get Chris Stewart and Torrey Mitchell back from injury.

4/6/2014

Drew Stafford, RW, BUF

Drew Stafford

Chance At Tuesday For Sabres' Stafford

News: Coach Ted Nolan says Drew Stafford, who's missed the last two games with an undisclosed injury, could be a possibility for Tuesday's game against the Red Wings.
Analysis: That means Drew Stafford, one of the team's few bright spots lately as the season winds down, will miss a third game Sunday when the Sabres take on the Flyers.

4/4/2014

Drew Stafford, RW, BUF

Drew Stafford

Sabres' Stafford Out Friday

News: Drew Stafford (undisclosed) will not play Friday, and Sabres coach Ted Nolan said the forward's injury may be worse than the coach originally thought.
Analysis: Drew Stafford suffered the injury during Tuesday's game and wasn't able to play Thursday. With the season nearing a conclusion and his injury possibly serious, it won't be surprising if we don't see Stafford again until next season.

4/4/2014

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Drew Stafford

Sabres' Stafford Likely Out Friday

News: Drew Stafford is unlikely to play Friday against Detroit after getting "banged up" in Tuesday game against the Devils, The Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: Drew Stafford missed Thursday's loss to the Blues, so he'll join a long and growing list of wounded Sabres. Luke Adam has been called up from Rochester to provide some help for the big club.

4/1/2014

Drew Stafford, RW, BUF

Drew Stafford

Stafford's Two Assists Leads Sabres Past Devils

News: Drew Stafford assisted on both of Tyler Ennis' goals in regulation as the Sabres edged the Devils in a 3-2 shootout win Tuesday.
Analysis: After scoring goals in back-to-back games in Calgary and Edmonton, Drew Stafford went on a four-game scoring drought before getting back on the scoresheet Tuesday. He played over 22 minutes for the third time in his past six games and now has 13 points in his past 20 games. He has played much better since being given the 'A' by head coach Ted Nolan, though he continues to lack consistency and will fall well shy of his career-high 31 goals set in 2011. Stafford is a risky play in fantasy due to his uneven production and clearly goes as far as linemate Ennis (21 goals, 40 points) takes him.

3/19/2014

Drew Stafford, RW, BUF Stafford Supplies Only Sabres Tally Tuesday

Drew Stafford

Stafford Supplies Only Sabres Tally Tuesday

News: Drew Stafford scored Buffalo's lone goal in their 3-1 loss to Calgary on Tuesday.
Analysis: Drew Stafford aided the Sabres to an early 1-0 lead in the first period, but the team's offense went AWOL after that, finishing with just 14 shots on goal in the defeat. With Matt Moulson traded away at the deadline, Stafford has done his part to try to keep the offense afloat. He has four assists and an assist in his last six games.

3/13/2014

Drew Stafford, RW, BUF

Drew Stafford

Sabres' Stafford Scores In Third Straight

News: Drew Stafford scored one of Buffalo's two goals in Thursday's 4-2 loss to Carolina, giving him a goal in each of the last three games.
Analysis: Drew Stafford has been one of the bright spots for Buffalo since the trade deadline, potting a goal in each of the last three games. Stafford is going to see scoring chances and he's played heavy minutes of late, with Thursday's game the first time in the last four that he skated less than 21:40.

3/11/2014

Drew Stafford, RW, BUF

Drew Stafford

Sabres' Stafford Scores Lone Goal In Loss

News: Drew Stafford scored Buffalo's only goal in a 4-1 loss to Nashville on Tuesday.
Analysis: With an 'A' just recently added to his jersey, Drew Stafford scored the game's first goal on the power play, his 12th of the season and eighth in 2014. The notoriously streaky winger has always been a much better player in the second half of the season and continues to maintain a hot hand despite the Sabres' losing streak. Stafford is inconsistent, but he's a threat to score 25 goals every year. He likely won't reach that total this year, but if he can score 20, it'd be a marked improvement over last year's six goals in 46 games. Stafford is worthy of consideration in most leagues for teams looking for goals down the stretch.

3/10/2014

Drew Stafford, RW, BUF

Drew Stafford

Sabres' Stafford Named Alternate Captain

News: Drew Stafford has been named an alternate captain for the rest of the season, reports the Olean Times Herald.
Analysis: Drew Stafford had a fantastic start to 2014 with 11 points in 12 games. He's traditionally been a much stronger player in the second half of the season throughout his career, with more than 50 career points in the months of January, February and March. Stafford wore the 'A' two years ago, but was stripped of it, and said it's a relief to have it back. That Stafford is getting more comfortable could be a sign that there are more good things to come. The Sabres are now playing for pride as the league's worst team, and that can be a very strong motivator. Stafford's worth picking up if he's available in most standard leagues.

2/25/2014

Drew Stafford, RW, BUF

Drew Stafford

Sabres' Stafford Comes Out Of Break Hot

News: Drew Stafford picked up two assists in Tuesday's win over the Hurricanes, pushing his point streak to four games.
Analysis: The Olympic break certainly didn't cool Drew Stafford, who's racked up 11 points in his last eight games. He's regained fantasy respectability in a hurry.

2/7/2014

Drew Stafford, RW, BUF Sabres' Stafford Scores For Third Straight Game

Drew Stafford

Sabres' Stafford Scores For Third Straight Game

News: Drew Stafford scored for the third straight game Thursday against Ottawa, also adding an assist.
Analysis: Drew Stafford also finished the night with five shots on goal and a plus-2 rating. He has been red-hot as of late, collecting six goals and three assists in his last seven games. Even though he is on a tear right now, Stafford only scored four times in his first 42 games, proof he can be quite streaky. He has 10 goals and 22 points in 49 games on the year.

2/5/2014

Drew Stafford, RW, BUF Sabres' Stafford Nets Goal Wednesday

Drew Stafford

Sabres' Stafford Nets Goal Wednesday

News: Drew Stafford scored his second goal in as many games for the Sabres in Wednesday's game against the Penguins.
Analysis: Drew Stafford has scored goals in two straight games since his return from IR and now has 10 on the season. If he continues showing fresh production, he should work on the first line for Buffalo.

2/4/2014

Drew Stafford, RW, BUF

Drew Stafford

Sabres' Stafford Scores Goal In Return

News: Drew Stafford (upper body) notched his ninth goal of the season in his return to the lineup Monday against the Oilers.
Analysis: After a four-game hiatus, Drew Stafford saw duty mostly on the first line for the Sabres, logging 20:50 of ice time in his return. Few Sabres skaters warrant much fantasy attention outside of deep or mid-sized leagues, but Stafford is one of the few.

2/3/2014

Drew Stafford, RW, BUF

Drew Stafford

Sabres' Stafford To Return Monday

News: Drew Stafford (upper body) has been activated from IR and will return to the lineup Monday against the Oilers.
Analysis: Drew Stafford will slot in on a new-look first line for the Sabres, as he'll be joining Linus Omark and Tyler Ennis in his return. The injury kept Stafford out for four games, but it was actually more like eight games since it was an aggravation of an injury that kept him out for an additional four games earlier this month.

1/30/2014

Drew Stafford, RW, BUF

Drew Stafford

Sabres Place Stafford On Injured Reserve

News: Drew Stafford was placed on the IR with an upper-body injury Thursday afternoon prior to the game against Phoenix.
Analysis: Drew Stafford has struggled over the past two years and scored just 13 goals over his past 92 regular season games. The $16-million right winger is one of many financial mistakes the Sabres are trying to undo, but his poor play and injuries are eroding his value as a trade piece. Stafford has seven goals and 18 points in 46 games this season, with a minus-10 rating. The Sabres have not used any of their buyouts but will have a few players to choose from this summer. Matt D'Agostini will return to the lineup against Phoenix, though.

1/30/2014

Drew Stafford, RW, BUF

Drew Stafford

Sabres' Stafford Not Ready To Return Thursday

News: Drew Stafford (upper body) will not return to action Thursday against the Coyotes, John Vogl of the Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: The report said that Drew Stafford is "almost" on his way for a return to the lineup, but needs a little bit more practice time to ensure he's back to full health. He hasn't been ruled out for Saturday's game in Colorado.

1/27/2014

Drew Stafford, RW, BUF

Drew Stafford

Sabres' Stafford To Sit Monday

News: Drew Stafford (shoulder) will not play Monday vs. the Penguins.
Analysis: Head coach Ted Nolan confirmed the news after Drew Stafford was unable to take the ice for morning skate two days after suffering the injury in a win over Columbus. Ville Leino is slated to fill in for him on the top line. Stafford is not expected to be out for long.

1/25/2014

Drew Stafford, RW, BUF

Drew Stafford

Sabres' Stafford Suffers Injury

News: Drew Stafford left Saturday's game with an upper-body injury and will not return.
Analysis: Drew Stafford missed time with an upper-body injury earlier this month, so there could be trouble if Saturday's issue is related. Since returning from that injury, Stafford has been on fire, scoring five points (three goals) in five appearances.

1/21/2014

Drew Stafford, RW, BUF

Drew Stafford

Stafford Carries Sabres' Offense In Loss

News: Drew Stafford scored two of the Sabres' goals and assisted on the third in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to Florida.
Analysis: This one can't be laid at Drew Stafford's feet, as the winger had his finest offensive output of the season, but the rest of the team didn't do much. Stafford also scored in his last game, Saturday against Columbus, so he's coming along a little here.

1/15/2014

Drew Stafford, RW, BUF

Drew Stafford

Sabres Activate Stafford

News: Drew Stafford (upper body) was activated from IR on Wednesday.
Analysis: He'll draw back into the lineup against the Maple Leafs, marking his first game action since Jan. 2. Drew Stafford has seen his scoring production fall off a cliff the last two seasons, totaling just 31 points in his last 87 games after scoring 50 in his 80-game 2011-12 campaign. He could be trade bait for the rebuilding Sabres.

1/14/2014

Drew Stafford, RW, BUF

Drew Stafford

Sabres' Stafford Expected To Return Wednesday

News: Drew Stafford (upper body) will likely return Wednesday against the Maple Leafs, John Vogl of the Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: Coach Ted Nolan gave the word following Tuesday's morning skate. It seems Drew Stafford will just need to make it through Wednesday's skate in order to get the final OK from the medical staff.