This could spell problems for a general manager who has been around for as long as Darcy Regier – as the owners of the Buffalo Sabres are looking for immediate success in their three year plan to winning the Stanley Cup.
Early today Kevin Snow of the Buffalo Sabres has confirmed that headed into the draft Darcy is prepared to make four trips to the stage in Pittsburgh to select future prospects for the Blue and Gold.
If nothing changes for the Buffalo Sabres GM – he will have the ability to land two first round, and two second round picks in this years draft. While he is outside the top ten with all four selections, he could end up pulling a rabbit out of his hat and selecting an NHL ready forward with the 12th overall pick.
With the draft class mired in defensive talent, and not a lot of depth where the Buffalo Sabres need it – it was almost a given that the team would package together a deal that would help them solidify up the middle.
Apparently the only deal wafted through the halls of Sabres Nation was for the 21st overall pick, and would have move the Sabres further away from the NHL ready talent awaiting to be selected.
It is certain that the Buffalo Sabres will be looking at a center. With the depth of talent at defense, a position the Sabres are stocked with prospects at – the targets on Darcy’s board have to be Radek Faksa, Alex Galchenyuk, and Zemgus Girgensons. If Neil Yakupov does not go to the Edmonton Oilers with the first overall pick – and that could happen if the Oilers want to start working on their defense – it could throw off every mock draft projection that has come out since the 2012 draft class was announced.
Trades shouldn’t be considered out of the question, movement at the draft is entirely possible. It seems for now though, three and a half hours before the draft, that league talks have stalled, and teams are bunkering down at the war tables getting ready for the action.