Birth Date: 4-26-76
Place of Birth: Vsetin, Czechoslovakia
Jersey Number: 25
The Physical Game
Varada is thick: thick arms, thick legs, thick thighs. And he was in the thick of Buffalo's playoff war despite coming in with limited NHL experience. He is much more powerful than he looks. Varada gives the Sabres some desperately needed size on the right side, but he needs to play like a power forward every night. He is gritty and hard to play against.
The biggest knock on Varada, as it is with many young players, is his intensity level. He came to play in the playoffs, and if he brings that to the ice every night he will be a budding star. The Sabres' leading scorer, Miroslav Satan, produced only 45 points last season, so there is plenty of room on this team for anyone who can put the puck in the net. Getting a taste of the NHL with a third of the season and the playoffs will help Varada this year.
In his first full NHL season, Varada can be expected to net 15 to 20 goals. He is a goal scorer, and when the team around him gets better, Varada can be expected to be a 30-goal man in the not-too-distant future.