Yesterday we explored the option of the Buffalo Sabres adding another giant to their blue line with the first overall pick in the draft this year, which falls in the 12th spot. Today we look at a center that could be available to the Buffalo Sabres at the 12th overall selection, and with that pick, we select Radek Faksa of the Kitchener Rangers (OHL).
At 6’2″ and around 200 pounds, the young center will be a good fit up the middle for the Buffalo Sabres. His impressive play had him selected twenty-second overall in the CHL Import Draft, and he led all rookies in OHL scoring last season with 67 points (29 goals and 38 assists) in 62 games.
The Sabres struggled all year at the center position, and with Derek Roy, Cody Hodgson, Nathan Gerbe (**edit**listed by CBS Sports on the depth chart at center) and Tyler Ennis as your best options at the position, adding to the core of centers is a great idea. If you can manage to hold on and get another productive year out of Derek Roy and overcome his inability to work well with his teammates in the locker room (see I avoided calling him a cancer there, oops, did it anyways) – then you have a buffer year to get the kid into the farm system and learn the pro game in Rochester if you fear throwing him into the NHL right away would spoil his career.
Faksa has speed to go with his side, and could be a great compliment to the first or second line for the Buffalo Sabres, putting the puck in the net just as often as you helps others score. A look at his junior career in the Czech Republic and International play – he is close to a point a game producer historically – and could be the answer to center after Derek Roy makes his exit stage left from First Niagara Center. Not only do you get the point per game production, but you get a bigger presence doing it.