With the 16th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, the Buffalo Sbres pick Adam Erne of the QMJHL Quebec Ramparts.
Earlier in our 2013 Fansided NHL Mock Draft, the Buffalo Sabres picked Sweden’s Elias Lindholm with the 8th overall pick, based primarily on Lindholm’s ability to create quality scoring opportunities for the other players on the ice.
By picking Erne of the QMJHL with the 16th pick, the Sabres are hoping to further strengthen their offense by relying on science – namely, chemistry.
Erne spent the 2011-2012 season playing on the Quebece Ramparts alongside Anthony Duclair and QMJHL Rookie of the Year Mikhail Grigorenko, forming a trio of young talent that lit up the league for 88 goals and 206 points. Erne enjoyed playing with Grigorenko, noting that Grigorenko “”slowed the game down and me and [2013 draft prospect] Nick Sorensen speed it up, so it was a good mix of him being able to control in the zone while we flew down.” The Sabres got to witness just how powerful good line chemistry can be last season, when the line of Thomas Vanek – Cody Hodgson – Jason Pominville scorched the Sabres’ opponents at the beginning of the season. The thought of re-uniting Erne and Grigorenko is too enticing to pass up.
Erne’s potential goes beyond just his ability to play well when Grigorenko is on the ice, though. In 68 games with the Ramparts this season, Erne matched the number of goals he scored in 2011-2012 (28), and exceeded his priors season’s assists number, notching 44 to the 27 he put up the year before. According to Bleacher Report
While he’s a noteworthy scorer and is always a threat with the puck in the offensive zone, Adam Erne is at his best when he’s playing with a physical edge.
He’s willing to battle in the corners for loose pucks and complements more skilled, smallish forwards very well because of his strength and ability to post up around the net.
A knack for scoring goals, AND a physical game? The Sabres definitely need more players like that, which makes picking Erne a wise move.