Anatomy Of The Roster: Where Have The Buffalo Sabres Come From

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Top of Their Class: First Round Draft Picks

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The Buffalo Sabres have ten first round draft picks scattered throughout their lineup.

  • Joel Armia – 2011
  • Zemgus Girgensons – 2012
  • Tyler Ennis – 2008
  • Mikhail Grigorenko – 2012
  • Cody Hodgson* – 2008
  • Steve Ott* – 2000
  • Drew Stafford – 2004
  • Thomas Vanek – 2003
  • Tyler Myers – 2008
  • Mark Pysyk – 2010

The Buffalo Sabres have only picked first overall twice in the history of the organization, the 1970 Draft which brought about the Gilbert Perreault era of hockey, and the 1987 draft when the team selected Pierre Turgeon.

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  • Michael Rust

    What has he done wrong? Really? Well, since he’s been here he hasn’t put a team together strong enough to win a cup. I’d say that’s a pretty big issue. Not to mention he’s a laughing stock around the league. I’ve read a ton of articles that were flabbergasted he was still a part of this team after the past few years.

    • Richard Spalding

      When I first read Pegula’s statements I was floored. He really doesn’t have a clue.

      • Jes

        he has no idea what’s going…
        his presser pissed me off the other day where he basically said where we will not be trading up. and divine on the same side that it’s not worth trading the depth? i still dunno what depth he is talking about

        • Richard Spalding

          The Sabres do have young players who we all hope are going to amount to something, so I believe that is the depth to which he is referring. Of course, it’s not proven player-depth, which is kind of what we need way more. :) The Sabres’ brass is just swinging wildly right about now.

  • Kevin

    You know if he wasn’t such a jerk and numbskull when it comes to treating other GM’s with respect, he probably would be a pretty good GM. But he has dug his own hole, burned his own bridges and has only on friend left, TP. There are so many GM’s around the league that are just as bad if not worse at building a playoff contending team. I think it’s time for him to go. New Blood.

  • Jon Abbey

    I am on the fence about finding a new GM while I agree we haven’t been able to build a proven and consistent winner we do seem to get good value in a lot of the trades we make. And after all a GM’s real job Is to attempt to get the best value he can out of the assets in his organization. There are not a lot of trades in buffalo’s resent history which hurt the franchise like a lot of other teams have done.
    We don’t do the kinds of trades like the Toronto trading multiple first rounds for Phil Kessel a few years ago or the bruins joe Thornton trade for spare parts. Those trades we massive missteps by their franchises. I think pegula trusts that current management with a new coach might bring in the right value and use those players correctly which Ruff never seemed to do.

  • davidmuscalo

    Regier isn’t going anywhere so we are stuck with him. All we can hope for is that Miller and Vanek stay in Buffalo, our young players (Hodgson, Foligno, Myers, etc.) continue to develop and some of the prospects come through. Wouldn’t it be nice if Grigorenko became the marquee first-line center we all hope he will become?