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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