This article is simply to complete the saga of “Free Agency Breakdowns.” The Sabres do not need a veteran goaltender but rather should look to adding depth this coming draft. However, if the Sabres current draft trend continues, then they will not draft a goalie this year. The Sabres have had a habit of drafting a goalie every other year since 2007. Here is a list of every goalie draft pick since Darcy and Lindy took over the Sabres:
1997 – Michael Noronen (1st Round)
1999 – Ryan Miller (5th Round)
2000 – Ghyslain Rousseau (4th Round)
2002 – Marty Magers (4th Round)
2003 – Jeff Weber (8th Round)
2004 – Michael Valent (5th Round)
2005 – Adam Dennis (6th Round)
2006 – Jhonas Enroth (2nd Round)
2007 – Bradley Eidsness (5th Round), Nick Eno (7th Round)
2009 – Conner Knapp (5th Round)
2011 – Nathan Lieuwen (6th Round)
Do not expect the Sabres to sign a free agent goaltender this offseason, unless they are looking to sign another veteran AHLer like Drew MacIntyre to play for Rochester. But with Nathan Lieuwen looking to make the jump to the professionals, and the Sabres hoping to continue the development of him and David Leggio, then the Sabres won’t likely sign someone. The free agent list consists of Marty Brodeur who will most likely return to the Devils next year, if not retire, Christobal Huet, who is currently playing in the Swiss League, and Marty Biron. The only player I would be ok with the Sabres signing is Jonas Gustavsson from Toronto. He is a serviceable player and could take the place of Jhonas Enroth if the Sabres were to get rid of him, but because Enroth is set as the back-up as of right now, I don’t see Darcy taking a shot at any goalie who isn’t in our system.
Only twice has Darcy nabbed a goalie in the first few rounds of the draft. Most of his picks are in rounds 5-7, with only Ryan Miller working out so far from those rounds. If Darcy keeps all four of their picks in the first two rounds, can we look for them to draft someone like a Malcolm Subban? Or will they wait till the 4th or 5th round or even end the draft in the 7th by picking a project between the pipes. We shall see in a little over one month.