With our final look at the first round draft pick for the Buffalo Sabres, lets take a quick look back on the first three names that should be crossing the board for the Buffalo Sabres come the Entry Draft in Pittsburgh.
Griffin Reinhart – Defense
Radek Faksa – Center
And yesterday, we selected Zemgus Girgensons, another center. Today we venture back to the blue line, and select Cody Ceci of the Ottawa 67s.
In three seasons with the 67s he has played 196 games, and has found the box score 106 times, with 30 goals and 76 assists. He’s big, not as big as our first defensive option in Griffin Reinhart, but at 6’2″ fits right in with the rest of the defensive corp of the Buffalo Sabres.
His speed will win him races to the puck, and can help break up some of the any odd man rushes that the Sabres are prone to giving up, especially in situations where the Sabres are short handed. Cody has a good way of making that initial “breakout” pass, starting the rush out on the right foot, as opposed to getting things mixed up in the neutral zone and stopping any offensive chance before it starts.
He started in the OHL as a fifth defenseman, learning the game, and is not a force on the blue line. While maybe not NHL ready right out of the gate, Ceci’s ability to adapt to the OHL from juniors as a 15 year old rookie to a stalwart on the blue line, make him an easy choice with the 12th overall pick.
Ceci is not letting the draft hype around him take control of his game or his mentality.
“It’s my draft year,” he mentions. “I just got to go out there and have fun and hope the scouts see what they like.”
With two available first round draft picks, and two second round draft picks, the Buffalo Sabres could establish themselves as a defensive threat if they could manage to bundle together an option with another top ten draft team and manage to score both Reinhart and Ceci. While that could be construed as wishful thinking, when you have a general manager that can manage to get a first round draft pick for Paul Gaustad, nothing should be kept off the table as an option.