Daily Poll: How Would You Grade the 2013 Buffalo Sabres Draft Class?

Jun 30, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; Nikita Zadorov poses for a photo as he is introduced as the number sixteen overall pick to the Buffalo Sabres during the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

The 2013 NHL Entry Draft is over, for whatever that’s worth.

The Buffalo Sabres managed to make 11 picks yesterday, grabbing three defensemen (and securing a fourth, Jamie McBain, in the trade that sent Andrej Sekera to the Carolina Hurricanes), three centers, three right wingers, a forward, and a goalie.  If you read my post from late Sunday evening, then you already know how I feel about this draft: disappointed, to say the least.  It’s not like I don’t see the potential of Rasmus Ristolainen and Nikita Zadorov – I completely understand why scouts are big on them.  But they are just prospects, not guaranteed hits, so I don’t understand how the Sabres are willing to take two leaps of faith to improve their defense, yet none to improve their offense.

Valeri Nichushkin may be a huge question mark – but passing up on Hunter Shinkaruk?  Bo Horvat?  Max Domi?   Curtis Lazar?  There are a few more offensive players I could list who were worth grabbing in what was considered a very deep draft pool.

I would have bet my house, and the three adorable kids who live in it, that the Sabres would have attempted to address both sides of the ice with their two first-round picks.  Luckily, no one asked me to make that bet, or else today would find me a divorced man.  Still – I was, and still am, caught off guard. Maybe I’m wrong, though – so vote, and tell me why below!  (Or agree with me – I would prefer that way more!!!)

How would you grade the 2013 Buffalo Sabres draft class?

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Topics: 2013 Nhl Entry Draft, Buffalo Sabres

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  • Boush

    With Lindholm off the board, I would have liked to see the Sabres jump on Domi. Oh well.

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      I wouldn’t have complained!

  • Andrew

    Awful draft. DR should be fired.

  • John

    Maybe suffering is definitely in store for this organization for years to come.

  • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

    Wow – six voters so far would actually choose death over this draft! :) Don’t do it!!!!!

  • 40plusyearsfrustration

    Well Darla did say suffering was in the future. Just did not realize he meant the next 5-10 years. So it looks as though we are drafting players to develop for other teams in 3-4 years and then the whole need to suffer thing will start over again.
    Feels like ground hogs day; Buffalo style.

  • davidmuscalo

    In one word: APPALLING!

  • wolfdoctor

    Great teams are built around great defenses. Good draft.

  • Woody

    I like their draft. Our defense is AWEFULL and we attempted to fix it. We have young, upcoming offensive players.

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      Eh . . . I’ll try to be patient!