So we are not that far out from the draft, so its time to see who the Sabres will be selecting. The Buffalo Sabres hold the 23rd overall pick in the draft this year, and there are quite a few mock drafts out there that have us selecting different prospects. We will take a look at a few.
Jarred Tinordi (MyNHLDraft.com, Sportscity.com) D, USA – the success of Tyler Myers could have the Sabres thinking this guy could make the jump to the NHL right away. At 6 feet 5 inches and 205 pounds, he could add some additional power to the Sabres blue line. Has a good hockey sense, but not as agile and quick on his feet as Myers was. Wore the C for the USA U-18 Team.
Brock Nelson (hockeyprospect.com) C, Warroad HS – the Sabres need to get bigger up front, and Nelson could be the answer. While just a high school senior, the 2010-2011 season will see him develop his game in the NCAA ranks, the Sabres might want to get their hands on him in this years draft to just have him in the system. Nelson has hockey in his family as well, as his uncle and grandfather were both Olympians (Uncle Dave Christian 1980 and Grandfather Bill Christian 1960).
Tyler Pitlick (SenShot.com) C, Minnesota State, WCHA – another big gritty center. It seems many think the Sabres will get bigger up front through the draft.
Nick Bjugstad (Hockey Writers) C, Blain HS – the abilities of a playmaker and the build of a power forward. Another pick has the Sabres looking to gain a little more size to bolster what is a tiny corp of offensive prospects.
These are from the most recent Mock’s I could find on the net – as we get closer to the draft I might update with some more names if necessary.
Stay tuned for my thoughts on who the Sabres should select with their first pick in the 2010 Entry draft.