It will also be decide on where the Buffalo Sabres draft in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, which will be held in New Jersey this year.
On April 29th, 2013 – all 14 teams that do not have a shot at the Stanley Cup will be entered into the draft lottery to see who picks first overall.
NHL Scouts agree, that defenseman Seth Jones is going as the number one pick. Buffalo could use the first overall draft pick to get a solid number one player to help out on the blue line right away. Which will be needed because their defensive corp has been one of the worst in the league this year, and could use the boost.
Buffalo has only selected first overall in the draft twice, netting Gilbert Perreault and Pierre Turgeon.
In the Eastern Conference mock draft, that looks solely at a teams needs – the draft order isn’t even close to being finalized yet. Central Scouting has the Buffalo Sabres selecting Jonathon Drouin, left winger from the QMJHL.
If selected, Drouin falls into a not so deep pool of left wings in the Buffalo Sabres organization. Currently on the left wing in blue and gold are Ville Leino, Thomas Vanek, Marcus Foligno and John Scott.
On the farm – the Rochester Americans have Jacob Lagace, Patrick Rissmiller, and Frederick Roy playing left wing.
Time will tell where the Buffalo Sabres choose in the draft, and what they will do with their picks. Keep checking back here for more draft stories and rumors on the Buffalo Sabres.