Buffalo Sabres Select C Sean Malone With Sixth Round Final Pick

With their final picks in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, the Buffalo Sabres have selected centers Sean Malone and Eric Locke.  Sean Malone joins the Sabres organization again from the Hockey USA camp – to which new head coach Ron Rolston was affiliated.  Locke joins the Sabres prospects from the Saginaw Spirit.

The Buffalo Sabres drafted eleven overall draft picks.

Three defenseman, four centers, three right wings, and a forward.

Overall – I give Darcy Regier a C on this draft.  It is not necessarily a bad draft class for the Buffalo Sabres – as time will always tell with prospects in the National Hockey League.

It was however, not the approach that I wanted the Buffalo Sabres to take organizationally.  There was not a large movement to change the culture of the teams – this draft appeared no different than the last few Darcy Regier drafts, which is not what this team needs.

1/8 – Rasmus Ristolainen

1/16 – Nikita Zadorov

2.35 – J.T. Compher** Recieved from Carolina with Jamie McBain for Andrej Sekera.

2/38 – Connor Hurley

2/52 – Justin Bailey

3/69 – Nick Baptiste

5/129 – Cal Petersen

5/130 – Gustav Possler

5/143 – Anthony Florentino

6/159 – Sean Malone

7/189 – Eric Locke

How will this draft class shape the decisions made as free agency opens up on July 5th?  How many of these drafted prospects will make up the future, the core, the leaders of the Buffalo Sabres of tomorrow?  How do you grade the 2013 Darcy Regier draft class?


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