Since nothing is going on in the hockey world except, Kovalchuck chatting away with the Kings and holding up the rest of the NHL from making moves, and Mike Fisher and Carrie Underwood getting married I decided to take a look back.
Going all the way back to the 1991 Draft I’ve compiled a list of who the Sabres drafted… and who we could have drafted. I know no one could have guessed how some of these players were going to develop, but it’s fun to see what might have been…
In 1991 the Sabres chose with their first round pick Philippe Boucher! The defenceman who spent most of his career with LA and Dallas. The Sabres could have chosen any of the following… Alexei Kovalev, Markus Naslund, Ray Whitney, Steve Staios, Michael Nylander, and everyone’s favorite goaltender; Chris Osgood. (If you navigated here by yourself, be sure to click, Continue Reading)
1998 is when Dmitri Kalinin would start turning the puck over for the Blue and Gold for many years to come. We could have picked, Robyn Regehr, Simon Gagne, Scott Gomez, Mike Ribeiro, Brad Richards, Erik Cole, Francois Beauchemin, Brian Gionta or the now underachieving Jonathan Cheechoo.
2003 was when we brought in the Austrian sensation, Thomas Vanek. Still available at his selection were Ryan Suter, Dion Phaneuf, Jeff Carter, Dustin Brown, Zach Parise, Ryan Getzlaf, Brent Burns, Ryan Kesler, Mike Richards, and Corey Perry. A fairly strong draft class wouldn’t you agree?
2004 we brought in # 21 Drew Stafford. Instead we could have went with Andrej Meszaros, Mike Green, David Booth or Brandon Dubinsky, or even the player who would abandon Nashville and head of to the land of oil (Russia), Alexander Radulov.
The Sabres did not have a first round pick in 2007, and it may be too early to tell if there were any diamonds in the rough.
And that’s where our look back comes to an end. I hope you enjoyed the journey, because I know I did. (For further clarification, the alternative draft selections were players still available at the time of the Sabres selection.)