With the 2012 Entry Draft just weeks away when the real general managers gather in Pittsburgh to select who will have their dreams come true where, the Fansided editorial team gathers once again for the 3rd annual Fansided NHL Mock draft where we go through the first round of the draft and get to play general manager for our teams.
With the 12th overall pick in the draft, the Buffalo Sabres have some options. While trading current Buffalo Sabres and prospects to move higher up in the draft or using the multiple high draft selections to land a number one center that is NHL ready seems like the way many in Buffalo want the team to go, we decided to go with a defensemen as our first selection in the first round of the 2012 Entry draft, and will select from the Ottawa 67s Cody Ceci.
It was no secret that the Buffalo Sabres blue line is suspect when Myers and Erhoff were removed from the lineup due to injuries. The guys that stepped in did a great job at filling in, but the stopping power wasnt there. After joining the OHL as a fifteen year old rookie, Ceci has continued to improve his physical presence in his own zone and his stock has risen as one of the best rearguards in the OHL – with future Norris considerations, and the most likely defensemen to hit 60 points in the NHL.
Ottawa 67s head coach Chris Byrne sums up the play of Ceci in one statement, and says what every Buffalo Sabres fan wants a blue and gold defensemen to do:
He’s a very good skater, a powerful skater. He’s got a good shot and uses it a lot more confidently. He seperates the opposition form the puck in our zone.
If the Sabres can add a force to their blue line with that seperation power, they gain a major strength on their blue line.
Bill Ladd of NHL Mock Draft had the ability to interview an anonymous professional scout, and gave him a list of draft eligible candidates and how they will fair in the NHL. You can check out the whole list here. As far as Ceci, the scout has him as the best defensemen coming out of the OHL.