With the Minnesota Wild making the playoffs, the Buffalo Sabres have only one chance at getting the first overall draft pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Prior to Monday’s draft lottery, the Buffalo Sabres would have the number eight overall selection in the draft. In the spot they are in, the odds of getting the first overall draft selection on Monday night are just 3.6 percent. There is the slim chance that Buffalo could even lose the pick at the eighth spot. If one of the teams behind the Buffalo Sabres in ninth through fourteenth win the draft lottery, the Sabres could select as low as ninth. What to do with the pick, what to do with the pick?
The Buffalo Sabres are picking within the top ten; but only slightly higher than where they picked Mikhail Grigorenko – a draft pick that they squandered a year of his entry level contract by mismanaging his time in Buffalo. If they can’t take a player in the draft that can be an immediate impact on the roster and making them a better hockey team, the Buffalo Sabres might do well trading into the top five, by combining their first round pick(s) and possible some level of prospect or veteran to get higher in the draft. Their actions in the draft will dictate what type of summer we are going to have – if the Sabres keep their picks and select players that are 2-3 years from participating full time at the National Hockey League Level – we all know the Buffalo Sabres are in a long rebuilding phase, which could end the time of Ryan Miller and/or Thomas Vanek in a Buffalo Sabres sweater.