#2 How Heavily Will the Sabres Rely on the Draft?
Having engaged in many conversations with the fans, it is evident that there a lot of different opinions out there on how to rebuild this team. One philosophy is to lose games, stock up on draft picks, land prime draft slots and use the next two drafts to supplement the young hopefuls that the Sabres currently have. That’s one approach – and it seems to be working marvelously for the Edmonton Oilers.
Another train of thought, the one I am the most in favor of, doesn’t ignore the draft entirely, but also advocates that the Sabres attempt to land an established player or two to help speed up the rebuilding process. For example, instead of viewing Matt Moulson as one more bargaining chip to be used down the road to acquire yet another draft pick, why not treat the guy right, convince him that he is one of the players that Buffalo wishes to rebuild around, and get him to sign a long-term contract that keeps in the 716? Clearly, Moulson is a goal-scorer, so why ship him in the hopes of getting a young player who MIGHT become as good as him?
It may be too late to save face when it comes to Moulson – that benching in Anaheim was embarrassing, and wrong to boot – but there will be free agents available this summer, and there are trades still to make this year. Will the new regime continue to put its faith entirely in the draft, or decide to mix and match a bit more?