BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Jhonas Enroth is entering his fourth full season as Ryan Miller's back-up at goaltender for the Buffalo Sabres, but with the former Vezina winner in the last year of his contract, Enroth is hoping to show he can be the team's number one going forward.
"I'm very excited for this year. I'm going to try and take the next step in my career here and I feel like it's a big year for me," said Enroth after working out with teammates Wednesday morning.
The Sabres 2nd round draft pick in 2006, Enroth has seen the highs and lows in his short NHL career. After backstopping the team to a playoff appearance in Miller's absence a few years ago, Enroth endured an entire calendar year without a win.
He then led the Sweden to a gold medal in the World Championships this off-season.
Enroth signed a two-year extension with the Sabres in June.
Another returning player looking to make a mark this year is forward Ville Leino.
Leino arrived back in Buffalo Tuesday and was on the ice with his teammates Wednesday.
Leino played in just 8 games in the shorted 2012-13 season due to injury, but the 29-year-old says he is feeling healthy.
"I'm as good as it gets. We had a good workout today and it's good to get back at it," said Leino.
And with veterans like Jason Pomminville and Robyn Regehr now gone, Leino says its a chance to be a leader on and off the ice.
"I always like people who lead by example and work hard on the ice and never give up. That's how winners are made," Leino said.