June 22, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announces a trade between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Pittsburgh Penguins for the eighth overall pick at the 2012 NHL Draft at CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Daily Poll: Should The Buffalo Sabres Try To Trade Their Way Into a Better Draft Pick?

Today’s Daily Poll is pretty direct: should the Buffalo Sabres try and package some players in a deal that they can use to improve where they pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft?

The Sabres are currently slotted to pick 8th in the draft – not terrible, considering how much talent is available this year.  In our Fansided Mock Draft, the Buffalo Sabres went with Elias Lindholm, a Swede who has the potential to be a great playmaker.  Comparisons to Peter Forsberg aside, however, there are no certainties when it comes to the draft.  Lindholm could be a successful NHL player in a year or two . . . or he could take a bit longer to develop, more like 4-5 years . . . or he could be a bust who spends more time in the minors before returning to play at home.

Meanwhile, the top 3-4 prospects in this year’s draft – Seth Jones, Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin, and Aleksander Barkov, with Valerie Nichuskin gaining popularity every day – appear to be as close to a guaranteed investment as you can get (barring injury).  Should the Sabres try and make a play for a slot in the draft that would give them a shot at stealing, say, Nichuskin, whose name was thrown about by many of you fans during our weekend poll?  If so, who would the Sabres use as part of the trade package – Ryan Miller?  Thomas Vanek?  Both?

Tough questions, indeed.  Good thing I don’t have to answer them!  Tell me what you think the Sabres ought to do . . . now!!!

Should the Buffalo Sabres try to trade their way into a better draft pick?

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Tags: 2013 Nhl Entry Draft Buffalo Sabres

  • Kevin

    I chose “no” mostly for the 2nd part. I think they can get better return after the draft for those 2 players than just using them as bait to move up the ladder. We can use draft picks for that. And as far as a player being risky, how will we know until 2-3 yrs.or more down the road.

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      True – saying a pick was risky is the sort of thing you do afterwards. However, when you give up a proven scorer like Vanek, it’s always a risk that whoever you get in return won’t fill the void.

      • jimbobv2

        There is nobody the Sabres will get back for Vanek that will fill that void.

        Look how long it took to get Vanek after the Sabres traded Mogilny away….

        • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

          I would be very surprised to see the Sabres trade Vanek. Miller, I think, is going to be shipped, but I believe the Sabres will do all they can to hang onto Vanek.

          • jimbobv2

            I think Vanek wants to stick around less than Miller does.

            It looks to me like the Sabres only choice with Vanek is trade him or let him walk as a free agent in 13 months….

          • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

            The Sabres need to give Vanek a reason to stay. I know he’s not thrilled with the idea of going through a rebuild, so the Sabres better be playoff-bound in a hurry!

          • jimbobv2

            That’s not the approach the team is taking, it would appear.

            I also don’t think it is the approach they should take. They need to tear this down and do it right and not try and rush things.

            They need to get what they can for Vanek and Miller. Hopefully move Stafford. Maybe buy out Leino. And see what they have with the kids.

            If Enroth and the kids flop, then they could “earn” top 3 picks in 2014 and 2015. And that would help replace a guy like Vanek.

          • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

            I love Miller, but understand he will probably be traded. Stafford and Leino I definitely have no problem seeing go. I truly hope there is a way to convince Vanek to stay on board. I understand he may really hate the idea of doing the rebuild, and if that’s the case the Sabres should trade him and get something in return. If there’s any way they can get him to see that sticking around is worth his time, though, I would love it.

  • jimbobv2

    It doesn’t matter.

    Since the lockout, there has never been a team outside the top 4 picks that has traded up into the top 4 picks.

    While Regier talks about doing it, I highly doubt any of the teams in the top 4 will give up a shot at one of the real blue chip prospects in this year’s draft.

    If he can make history, then great. But, I’m not expecting it to happen.

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      Even getting into the top 5 lands you Nichuskin or Barkov. No miracle required!

      • jimbobv2

        The only trade up into the top 5 was when Toronto moved up two slots from 7 to 5.

        If this draft is anywhere near as deep as 2003 was, the better move is to stay where they are and use the picks as opposed to giving up a 2nd to move up a few slots.

        I’d also see about adding late 1sts by moving Miller and Vanek to playoff teams looking for a boost to put them over the top.

  • davidmuscalo

    The Sabres should by thinking about trading any and all of their draft picks to get proven players from other teams. Drafting talented players can turn out well down the line, rarely immediately, but my guess is that it only happens maybe fifty percent of the time. The Sabres have not been lucky in the draft since Miller was drafted. Yes, it is true that with time Vanek and Pominville developed into first-line players, but Stafford, Roy, Adam, Enroth and most recently, Myers have disappointed. I know, the jury is still out on Enroth and Myers, but I am not optimistic that either will develop into elite players.

    Briefly, I believe the Sabres should prepare to become a successful team in the near future by using their draft choices to acquire proven players from other teams, build the team around Miller and Vanek and make some trades to get quality players. I would use Myers, Ennis, Gerbe, Sekera, Stafford and Enroth as trade bait.

    Most importantly, and this is not going to happen anytime soon, a new GM should be in charge of making these moves.

    • Matt Nolan

      Stop whining about the gm Darcy is capable of building a winner your such a negative nancy and Darcy’s best attribute is his trading

      • davidmuscalo

        It’s Regier’s “best attitude” that has had the Sabres playing golf in April for the last three years.

        • Matt Nolan

          Hey man I’m not happy w the sabres position I’m just sick of people calling for something that won’t happen and to be honest I think lindy leaving will change things the past three seasons we have started horribly and played well down the stretch to get into the playoffs and its the fact that we bottom out that has us out of the playoffs darcys attitdue wont affect it to put it simply we havent recovered from loosing briere and drury yet and if it were not for some serious underacheiving i think we would have been a playoff team so instead of whining just put your best foot forward and hope he does things more to your liking

          • Matt Nolan

            and i wrote attribute not attidude i wish you had said like i wish darcy got his head out of his a** cuz hes not going anywhere

  • Matt Nolan

    Honestly lets move on from vanek and miller vanek to nsh miller and Myers to col for 1 and jack Johnson sabres load up on talent with 1,4,8 get Mack barkov and lindholm maybe enroth Myers and another piece like 16 to colorado idk tho if I’m not being greedy if we pull lindholm Or monahan or nichushkin or somehow barkov or Mackinnon I’d be ecstatic