Every fans 2012 dream is gone. Darcy Regier and Kevin Devine, Sabre’s head scout, held a pre-draft press conference today to discuss their plans for the upcoming draft on Friday. I will link audio or video here as soon as it becomes available. Update: Here is the article detailing what was said, along with full audio. Just click HERE
Among the topics at hand, the Darcy said that the Sabres do not intend to move up to a top pick in the draft. Both Regier and Devine said that they believe the draft is around 20 deep in terms of top prospects and if they were to move up it would be to either move the 21st pick into the top 20 or more up as high as 6-8, if they feel the player they want is starting to drop.
So let’s take a look at the options if this is the case. If Buffalo trades up from 12 to 6-8 like Dacry said is possible, then there are options, none really being much better than the next. Center Radek Faksa, Center Fillip Forsberg, or Winger Teuvo Teravainen are all good options. But, if they were looking to trade down to pick a top 5 guy who is slipping then they could be looking at Alex Galchenyuk who has been projected anywhere from 2 to 5. Another option, which is very unlikely is Grigorenko who also is projected to go between 2 and 5 and is the most likely to drop, however, the Sabres will not draft him because they came out and said that they do fear drafting Russians, and Grigorenko is seen as the most likely to jump ship to the KHL, especially with a looming lockout.
If the Sabres stick with 12 and move up to get two top 20 picks, then there are more options: Defenseman Cody Ceci if he drops, Winger Thomas Wilson, Defenseman Matt Finn, Center Zemgus Girgenson, and Winger Sebastian Collberg.
I am just as excited as everyone else to see what the Sabres do this coming Friday.
Also announced was their plans for newly signed Joel Armia. If you didn’t hear, Armia, selected 1st round, 16th overall in the 2011 draft was signed over the weekend to a 3yr entry level contract. Armia will play out his final year with Assat of the Swedish Elite League and will serve his military obligations before joining the Sabre’s organization next season.