The NHL draft is starting to look like the place where the Buffalo Sabres will make the most of trying to turn around a team that has failed to live up to expectations this season, and should be heading into the summer with a brand new coach and general manager looking to change the culture and make it their own.
For the existing team, winning has to be the goal, as no one likes to fail. Current GM and interim head coach have to be on the hot seat. Ron Rolston is on a tryout wondering if he can compete at the NHL level after a brief stint in the American Hockey League. With his favorite coach now on the unemployment line – Darcy Regier has to be thinking that he could be next if the team doesn’t change its fortunes and standing in the Eastern Conference.
Could a sprint to the finish actually hurt the teams chances in the 2013 NHL entry draft? Currently the Buffalo Sabres sit low in the standings, and would be eligible to pick in the top five of the draft, given the lottery chances.
With the team in the dead bottom of the standings in the Eastern Conference and just holding Columbus off for the final spot in the league – the first round of mock drafts had the Buffalo Sabres picking third in the draft. With their limited depth at center, and the cost of trading for a number one center in the league, maintaining their current pace of bottome dwelling gives the Buffalo Sabres the best chance at drafting an NHL ready impact center that can start playing in the National Hockey League after his first NHL training camp.
With only six selections in this years draft, with their fourth round selection going to the Nashville Predators – where would you like the Buffalo Sabres to select in the 2013 draft class?