Ah, the fun that is the week leading up to the 2013 NHL Entry Draft!
If you believe the rumors, every single team in the NHL is willing to give up something in order to get something, which makes for interesting math, to say the least. Even though we probably won’t see too much shifting in the order of tomorrow’s draft, there is plenty of talk that centers around the Buffalo Sabres and how the franchise is trying to and willing to be savvy for a change – hey, being totally inept hasn’t worked so far! – and make a move that would get it into the top five.
Buffalo, meet the Carolina Hurricanes.
Numerous sources have stated that the Hurricanes would be willing to give up their first-round pick in the draft (number 5) in order to acquire a Top 4 defensman. Now, it may not sound quite as sexy as my “trade Ryan Miller to Florida for the second overall pick” theory – but let’s face it: the Buffalo Sabres don’t have the stones or skill to pull off a trade of that magnitude. I mean, they’re just as likely to swap Miller for a bucket of Buffalo Wings and a twelve-pack of beer to help them get through the draft than to trade him for the second pick, so let’s put that idea on the back-burner.
Trading up to the number five spot, however, would be a little bit easier to pull off, and it would still guarantee the Sabres the chance to pick either Aleksander Barkov, Valeri Nichushkin, Elias Lindholm, or Sean Monahan, since only one of those guys will probably be taken within the top four of tomorrow’s draft. Pretty sweet deal . . . but it will cost the Sabres a quality blueliner, such as Tyler Myers or Christian Ehrhoff.
Hmmm. It’s not like the Sabres defense was lights-out last season – can they afford to swap defense for offense? And an offensive prospect, who would be lucky to crack the second line next season, to boot?
You make the call!