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!!!)