The Buffalo Sabres were expected by many to make a huge splash at the 2013 NHL Entry draft to remake and rebuild their roster.
Through the first round – it was clear that the Buffalo Sabres were taking the slow and painful rebuild route that will take several years.
Another player associated with the Lindy Ruff era of hockey has been expunged from the roster, as Andrej Sekera has been traded by the Buffalo Sabres.
Not able to pay the highest prices expected by teams to move up in the first round; Buffalo utilized Andrej Sekera as trade bait to add a second round draft pick. Two picks in the second round were not enough for the Buffalo Sabres – so they traded Sekera who will now play for the Carolina Hurricanes, and in return the Buffalo Sabres in return got the 35th overall pick in the draft, and Jamie McBain.
Buffalo will obviously look to free agency if they are going to be successful this season, as the added depth at defense will not be on the roster come the opening night of the 2013-2014 National Hockey League season.
It is doubtful though, and I won’t be getting my hopes up for activity on July 5th – as I was hoping for change today. Change I did not get. Typical Darcy Regier I did get.
I am not saying that Darcy Regier didn’t draft good players in the entry draft – but the Buffalo Sabres could have positioned themselves to pick players that were going to impact the team.
July 5th will pass, and the roster we see now will most likely be the roster we see on opening night.
Darcy Regier has been burned by drafting high and expecting an impact player, so we build for the future. He has been burned by free agency time and time again, so we will look to build through the draft.
Suffer Buffalo, Suffer, because Darcy Regier is your general manager, and nothing will change in the near future.