In the first round, the Buffalo Sabres own their first round selection at number 12, and they also have the Nashville Predators selection at 21. In Round Two, the Sabres own their own selection at 42, adn they also have the 44th selection overall from the Calgary Flames.
This week, we will look at the options that should be on the board for the Buffalo Sabres when they walk to the stage for the fourth time in the first two rounds.
With the 44th overall selection, the Sabres should be looking towards another bloodline in Stefan Matteau, Left Winger. Son of former Stanley Cup Champion and New York Ranger Stephane Matteau. Ranked 13 among North American skaters in the draft, if Matteau is still available at 44 – the Sabres could be find a gem.
While planning on joining the QMJHL next year, Matteau isn’t ruling out the NHL. He plans on shwing up at an NHL camp and making the best impression that he can. While the Sabres are typically not a team that will throw a prospect into the NHL in his first pro season; it has been done before and with the gritty hard nosed play of Matteau being something the Sabres are missing out on, he coudl find himself wearing blue and gold sooner than later.
Keeping him from the NHL might be his inability to refrain from crossing the line from gritty play into the suspendable area. He has been suspended several times, so his discipline level might not be at the NHL level yet. The Sabres have had a prospect in camp before that had that issue in Zach Kassian, and whil he was to make an impact on the Sabres roster, ended up being traded at the deadline and is not turning out to be as impact as was once thought.
With his pro bloodlines and his ability to get into the dirty areas, one would think he would be a first day draft selection, but many mocks and predictions having him falling into the second round based on his need to work on several aspects of his game, to include his skating, offensive acumen, and hand skills.