Buffalo Sabres Draft Prospects #4-6

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Sabres Draft Prospect #5: Aleksander Barkov, Center

This 6’2″ center from Finland was second on his team (Tappara) in scoring with 48 points (21-27-48) despite missing the end of the season with a shoulder injury, helping Tappara finish second in the league.  He is the number one-ranked European skater, and Bleacher Report lists him as the second best center in the draft, behind only Nathan MacKinnon.  He is a true two-way player, solid on both the offensive and defensive ends of the ice,

Why the Sabres Would Draft Barkov

As much as Cody Hodgson has grown, the Buffalo Sabres lack of depth at center really crippled their offense last season.  Adding Barkov to the roster would give the Sabres three (hopefully) quality centers in Hodgson, Grigorenko, and Barkov, plus the fearsome Steve Ott, giving Ron Rolston and his crew all sorts of line combinations to employ.

Why the Sabres Would Pass on Barkov

Honestly, there are no good reasons to pass on this kid.  What’s the worst criticism – that he has to continue developing his offensive game to fit the NHL?  Doesn’t every prospect have to do that?  If the Sabres find themselves in a position where this kid is the best player available, and they fail to pick him, you have my permission to call for GM Darcy Regier to be tarred and feathered.

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Topics: 2013 Nhl Entry Draft, Buffalo Sabres

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  • Kevin

    I would love to see this guy line up alongside griggs

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      I concur. I would sell Tim Redinger’s children to get Nichushkin on the Sabres! :D

      • Matt Nolan

        If we can land nichushkin or barkov I will be happy whatever else we get is bonus I read that barkov projects higher than anyone coming out of his league with the exception of Peter foresberg and the sedin twins… Tho nichushkin is big and physical so either one is key also I’d love to keep 8 trade 16 and something for 4 or 5 we should be able to deal w nsh or cal and with 8 grab nurse or lindholm if he’s there or hope nuchushkin pulls a grigorenko and drops on the boards

        • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

          Yeah, I would be thrilled with either guy!

          • Matt Nolan

            Between the two who would you pick say buff has pick 4 drouin jones Mack gone…

          • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

            You put me in tough spot! Barkov is probably the safer pick, but I think Nichushkin could become a top 25 (being conservative) player in the NHL. I’d go with the Russian!