Poll: Buffalo Sabres Draft Reinhart or Ekblad?

After my story talking about the 5 players the Buffalo Sabres should take a long hard look at during the World Juniors and a debate on twitter surrounding who the Sabres should go after in the draft, I thought we’d take an early look at who the Buffalo Sabres should be targetting and get your guys thoughts.

I half jokingly tweeted out the hashtag #StayBadForEkblad and immediately I received tons of tweets telling me how the Sabres needed

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to go after forward Sam Reinhart over defenceman Aaron Ekblad. Both players will have key roles during the World Juniors as they look to power their respective teams to the gold medal at the popular post Christmas tournament.

Let’s play a little game of hypotheticals for a moment. We’ll say the Sabres stay their current course this season and finish last in the NHL and then proceed to win the draft lottery, giving them the first overall pick for the 2014 draft. Let’s also say that Sam Reinhart and Aaron Ekblad are 1 and 1A in the draft rankings (as they basically are right now). If you’re making the pick, which player do you take?

The Buffalo Sabres are in desperate need of some strong, scoring forwards to help the offence, if you need proof just look at where they stand in the standings, how many goals they’ve scored and how they’re predicted to be one of the lowest scoring teams in NHL history. They don’t have any pure goal scorers on their roster, could Reinhart fix that problem?

Reinhart is a solid player and standing 6 foot 1 could definitely add some size to the Sabres line-up. Reinhart comes from a long line of hockey blood as both his father and brothers have been drafted. He is currently captaining the WHL’s Kootenay ice and has put up 50 points in just 33 games. The kid can certainly produce and is thought of to be one of the few players “NHL ready” in this years draft.

His addition could certainly help soften the blow of losing Matt Moulson, but no one is sure if Sam Reinhart can be a franchise player as of yet. Could he be the Sabres future number one centre?

Next we have defenceman Aaron Ekblad and while the Sabres defence seems to be set for the future with Nikita Zadorov, Rasmus Ristolainen, Tyler Myers and Mark Pysyk, Ekblad may be a player the Sabres should take a chance on. Ekblad was just the third player to be granted exceptional status into the OHL and the first defenceman. He has great maturity, poise and strength at the tender age of 17.

He’s captianing the Barrie Colts in the OHL and has 29 points in 63 games. Ekblad isn’t going to give the Sabres much offence from the back end but he will be able to play solid D and perhaps be the stay at home partner for a Tyler Myers.

Both players are very talented hockey players in their own right. One is a producing forward, the other is a reliable shutdown defenceman. If you’re the Buffalo Sabres and you’re drafting first overall who do you take? Vote for your pick in the poll and tell us why in the comments below!

Do you Draft Reinhart or Ekblad?

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  • nathan

    Trade moulson or miller to the oilers and keep the islanders 1st pick and they are guaranteed to get both players.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      Well Miller won’t go to the Oilers so it would have to be Moulson and I’m not sure if they need another forward, they need more D. But I like your idea of having both picks

      • nathan

        I bet Miller wont care who he finishes the season with when it comes down to the trade deadline and will waive his clause if Pat and the new GM ask him to. There is also always Ott, but I doubt they would be able to get the Oilers 1st pick for Ott, unless they package a defensemen, which Buffalo has more than enough of.

        • jimbobv2

          Miller, Moulson, and Ott only get 1st round picks from playoff teams.

          No lottery team will give up a 1st for a rental.

          • Jes

            Vanek was a rental…. We got a 1st, Moulson and a 2nd for him… So yes it does happen.

          • Dano

            Dude.. You just explained exactly WHY the Islanders are a team in the basement. ;)

            THAT was the lottery for Buffalo! Taking in all of what they Did for Vanek.

          • Caitlin Campbell

            Sabres cleaned house on that deal

          • Dano

            When It happened I scratched my head and thought ‘ Huh? ‘. The Isles were going to draft top 10. If not, they could defer it. But Vanek for Moulson from a talent standpoint.. I havent seen much of a difference. Moulson was good with Tavartes.. played together for quite a while.. Why split something that works AND give up a draft selection in the process?

            Methinks The Isles wanted ‘ Buffalos Star Player ‘ to sell tickets. They paid too much for it though.

          • Jes

            Yup they paid way to much. But in all honesty Vanek is much better then Moulson IMO. Hope he comes back one day and retires in a Sabres uniform.

          • jimbobv2

            The Islanders were in the playoff mix when they traded for Vanek. They have gone backwards since the trade and that’s why they are a lottery team.

            I wouldn’t be surprised if the Islanders moved Vanek at the deadline to recoup some of what they gave up to get Vanek if they continue to struggle and Vanek shows no signs of wanting to sign an extension there.

            When was the last time that a team that wasn’t in the playoff mix at the deadline gave up their 1st round pick the next year for a pure rental?

        • Jes

          I’d do something like Moulson, a couple second rounder’s, Weber or McBain, McNabb, and Foligno for Hemsky and Oilers first rounder.

          • Dano

            I was asking for ‘ ANYTHING ‘ above. Why cant they do what you just said? Offer up a good deal to a team that is presently shopping. It doesnt have to be a ‘ blockbuster deal ‘, just snagging a solid player would work.

      • Dano

        Why would edmonton want Moulson? Hes an UFA after this year, over 30, and probably wont resign there.

    • jimbobv2

      The Sabres don’t get to decide whether the Isles pick is in 14 or 15 if the 2014 pick is in the top 10. That is the Isles call in that case.

      • nathan

        Right, I was just saying in that scenario they would most likely control the top 3 picks if the season stays at the same pace. And with next years crop I would let the sabres have the 2014 pick.

        • jimbobv2

          I can’t see the Isles giving the Sabres a top 3 pick in 2014 nor can I see the Oilers trading away a top 3 pick for a player who is a UFA this summer (Miller & Moulson).

          • Caitlin Campbell

            Well if we don’t get it this season we get it next and it only strenthens our shot at McDavid and weakens theirs lol

          • jimbobv2

            I’m rooting for the Isles to tank the rest of the year so they do defer that pick to 2015. They have finished in the bottom 5 a lot recently and I think they will struggle again next year.

          • Caitlin Campbell

            I believe their goal is to struggle next year to get McDavid to play alongside Tavares

          • Jes

            The Isles will be bad next season as well, with a way deeper draft next year and a shot a phenom McDavid they’d be dumber then dumb to defer it.

  • Dano

    As Nathan mentioned, I would try for both. As much as everyone touts about McDavid, If theres a way to snag Reinhart and Ekblad, I would put full effort into doing it, even if it means leaving the McDavid sweepstakes next year.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      The only problem with McDavid is that he’s just one player and while he’ great to build around, even Crosby needed Malkin and Neal and a goalie and Letang to turn the Pens around. Toews didn’t do it alone in Chicago, which is why I like your point Dano. He’s just one player, if we can get 2 solid players to help build the team then we have to take that move.
      I’d give the nod to Ekblad as well

      • jimbobv2

        I get the two in the hand thought process. But, McDavid is soooooo much better that he’ll likely have more of an impact than Reinhart AND Ekblad will.

        Besides, the Sabres could get Reinhart or Ekblad with their pick in 2014, maybe have another first or two in 2014 with Miller, Moulson, and Ott as potential trade bait at the deadline, and then they still have two potential McDavid lottery tickets in 2015 in their pick and the Isles pick if NY continues their tank job, picks top 5, and opts to defer hoping that they can shore up their goaltending in UFA and make the playoffs next year.

        Ekblad isn’t a huge need for the Sabres when they already have Myers, Ristolainen, and Pysyk as RHD.

        Now if you want to talk about trading Myers or Grigorenko instead of the Sabres 2015 1st to get Ekblad….

        • Caitlin Campbell

          Now that could be an interesting discussion… but I think the Sabres want to keep Myers around for the future

          • jimbobv2

            The interesting conversation would be if say the Oilers had the 2nd pick and they started talking to the Sabres about a deal centering around Myers for the 2nd pick because they didn’t want to wait for Ekblad to develop.

            I doubt that happens. But, it would be interesting.

            Bottom line, if the Sabres own the 1st overall and are set on taking Reinhart, I wouldn’t consider for one second trading their 2015 1st to get Ekblad at 2nd overall.

            That is one of a handful of pieces (Girgensons, Ristolainen, & Zadorov being three others) that I wouldn’t trade unless an established franchise player is coming back.

          • Caitlin Campbell

            I agree, if you don’t take Ekblad and go with Reinhart you don’t trade your shot at McDavid. Simply go hard after another guy such as Dal Colle

          • wolfdoctor

            Another possibility would be to trade Myers (+ whatever) for Evander Kane. Then if the Sabres get the #1 pick, take Ekblad, replacing the departed Myers. You’d have your ready to play top line guy and a highly rated defenseman.

          • jimbobv2

            If they take Ekblad, that does open up the possibility of moving Myers (or Ristolainen or Pysyk) for help up front.

            And I could see Ekblad passing Reinhart for the #1 overall in the Sabres eyes by the end of the season. Just as I could see Reinhart ending up #1, as well.

            I would be surprised if the Sabres liked anyone outside those two at #1, though.

        • Jes

          Trading Myers is a stupid idea.

          • Dano

            Trading Myers would be a good conversation for CC to start an article about.

          • Caitlin Campbell

            Yes it would be… I’ll jot that one down for future reference Dano

      • Joe

        Withiut crosby the penguins never wouldve been able to get players to come to them. One player can make more than just a difference in terms of being a player. Getting a player like mcdavid might make free agents want to come here and so on. Have to look at more than one aspect of it

        • Caitlin Campbell

          If we go and acquire a solid first line goal scorer and ice a solid team we’ll attract players… Black is will to spend the coin

          • Jes

            Really? That theory sure helped us when we had the best team in the league when Briere and Drury were here. Only UFA’s that are coming here are over the hill players (Numminen) or a player who has overachieved for one year and gets a huge payday (Leino.)

          • Caitlin Campbell

            I just think Reinhart is over hyped- and much like Grigo won’t live up to the hype. Take other players this year and go for the stars next draft when it’s far deeper

          • jimbobv2

            Players are more apt to want to come and play with an elite playmaker than an elite scorer.

      • Jes

        .

        Every team has it’s players that contribute but in all honesty it was those star players that made the difference in winning and not winning the Stanley Cup.

        Sidney Crosby’s just one player too.

        He’s the next coming of greatness.

        We trade our pick for next season. We will be the laughing stock of the century. And if they do I officially quit being a Sabres fan. No point when there’s unbelievably no sense year after year with this organization. Thank God I’m a fan of the Ravens otherwise I’d never see one of my teams win a championship and make smart decisions.

        • JHizzle75

          Lol. It’ll take more than 6 field goals to beat the Pats next week

        • Caitlin Campbell

          which pick Jes? Do you mean trade this years pick for next year or trade away next years pick?

          • Jes

            Our first rounder for next year.

    • jimbobv2

      Given where the Sabres are at, giving up their McDavid lottery ticket should get the new GM fired immediately.

      McDavid is worth holding onto the pick.

      • Dano

        Can you GUARANTEE McDavid being picked by Buffalo?

        Putting a team on hold for 1.5 years HOPING to win the mystical lottery and PRAYING your fan base doesnt alienate the team more from stagnation.. THAT would be grounds to fire a GM.

        How many more seasons do us fans and Season Ticket Holders have to wait? ‘ Were rebuilding , Its only going to be another year and a half that we MIGHT score this wonderful player ‘..

        I dont know about you, But Im not shelling out 3grand for those seats again if this Management doesnt start doing something NOW.

        Been to a game lately? Lots of Empty seats. The Market is loosing a lot of interest in Pegulas Product. 2 of the families that sit behind of me arent going to renew their tickets for next year endless something starts to change very soon.

        • Cory Buck

          I don’t want the Sabres to do things just to make headlines and grab fans, though. They are in a bad place and the only way to get out of it is to build a homegrown base of talent. That takes time. This isn’t a problem fixed by free agency or big trades. We need organizational depth and we need elite players. Right now, we have neither. Between this year and next, having top picks will greatly aid that. If it’s not McDavid, it could be someone else almost as good. The idea isn’t that we’re totally going for McDavid, it’s that we’re totally going for players who are better than what we’ve settled for over the past how many years. I would rather be patient for a couple years and let them build a nucleus of top talent while remaining frugal on the free agent and trade front, at least until the young talent starts to mature and hopefully find success. No plan is a guaranteed winner, but it’s better than the Sabres management team that decided to go into Cowboy Mode trying to make headlines and sell tickets by signing Ville Leino to a horrendous deal.

          HOWEVER, I am not a season ticket holder and I would not blame you one iota for giving those up. Home games are just depressing and the Sabres will need to address how they make their games worthwhile for paying customers if the team isn’t going to be good and they know it.

          • Dano

            “I don’t want the Sabres to do things just to make headlines and grab fans, though. They are in a bad place and the only way to get out of it is to build a homegrown base of talent. That takes time. This isn’t a problem fixed by free agency or big trades. ”

            Heres the Math : 08/09/10/11/12/13.. 2500-3000$ a year I forked over for seats, as did MANY others. Would YOU as an owner expect me to continually wait for a delivery of something?

            “If it’s not McDavid, it could be someone else almost as good. The idea isn’t that we’re totally going for McDavid”

            Are you sure of that? From some of the comments, it would seem people would commit suicide if Buffalo traded away their ‘ lottery ticket ‘ in the McDavid Sweepstakes.

            “I would rather be patient for a couple years and let them build a nucleus of top talent while remaining frugal on the free agent and trade front, at least until the young talent starts to mature and hopefully find success.”

            How many years? 4? 5? 6? I’ve waited patiently since 07/08. I think Ive done enough supporting as a fan ( and financially ) to say ‘ Enough, do something now ‘. Patience has been used and ‘ used up ‘.

            The ONLY move Buffalo has made that brought a smile to my face was grabbing Scott so he could Pummel ( and has ) the Bruins.

            “HOWEVER, I am not a season ticket holder and I would not blame you one iota for giving those up.”

            You dont understand how deep the sting goes. Once those tickets are shed, you can bet that those shedding them will NOT come back. They are lost revenues that Pegula and the team itself will not be able to reestablish. Thats one thing Pegula has on his side, he can go drill another gas-well and recoup his losses from his personal gambles.

            Its not just myself shedding those tickets either. ‘ Oh! New fans will come! ‘ from the present economy? Yeah, right!

            ” Home games are just depressing and the Sabres will need to address how they make their games worthwhile for paying customers if the team isn’t going to be good and they know it.”

            If the puck isnt going into the net, the Sabres should at least be running the other team all game. They should be doing SOMETHING to keep the fans entertained.

            That Arena is SILENT! Its Half Empty! Its starting to look like a Coyotes or Panthers game.

            I understand everyone has their opinion, they have their ‘ dollar and a dream ‘ about landing some superstar player and everyone will flock to Buffalo to play here.. If so, why so long to find a GM? Maybe nobody wants to work with Pegula? ( something that hasnt been mentioned before? Could it be true? ).

            *I* believe theres a VERY deep problem with the Orginization. It starts at the owner and goes all the way to the equipment boys. I wont put a single label on what it exactly is, but its not the title of ‘ winning ‘ by any means.

            *IF* by the end of January.. Buffalo hasnt traded or pulled the trigger on some Top line talent, Pegula just lost some formerly guaranteed revenue. Not just from myself, but from quite a few people I know whom have faithfully ( and blindly ) withered through the ‘ Darcy years ‘ and now this present owners ‘ indecision ‘ mentality.

            ” Suffering ” was a theme earlier. The Org brought in a pair of Band-aids and the bleeding continues. They know what they have for their roster right now and they need to start doing something instead of ‘ more of the same ‘ to buy time.

            Get some trades going. Everyone if talking about Ott, Moulson, Miller.. Start dialing numbers. Grigorenko? Start making calls if your not putting him on the roster. McBain? Weber? Worth a 5th round pick or a bag of pucke – Ill help clean out their locker. Do SOMETHING.

        • Jes

          I get where your coming from Dano but look at the NBA all the average teams are tanking like mofo’s just to get a shot at Canadian boy Wiggins. These types of players do not come around to often. And when your in a rebuild mode, why not just suck it up for 2 straight years? If by chance we do not win the lottery we have a whole lot of prospects and players we can give up to get up to the #1 pick.

          If I was the owner I wouldn’t mind losing a few season ticket holders if it gets us even the slightest of chances of getting a superstar player then you do it. Especially on a team like this. We won’t be a playoff team for at least 3 years and I’d rather just pick at 1st then 8th. Like I’ve said before, huge difference between the top 3 and the rest of the players.

          There are no quick fixes. You can take the route that Chicago, LA, Pittsburgh and Boston Bruins and build throughout the draft or you can take the route that Toronto and NY Rangers have been taking over the years by adding big name free agents and big trades that never really work out.

          You need players who can grow with a team. Not a couple supposed quick fixes that will not even end up working out al la Ehrhoff, Regher and Leino.

          And on the subject of losing season ticket holders, it doesn’t matter if they leave I don’t think. I’m pretty sure the Sabres have a waiting list or something for season ticket holders. And once they get those players those so called fans will just come crawling back.

          • Dano

            “I get where your coming from Dano but look at the NBA”

            NEVER! Not a ‘ sport ‘ I associate with. Not a lifestyle nor attitude I wish to endure.

            “And when your in a rebuild mode, why not just suck it up for 2 straight years?”

            Ok, Ill give you 2 years. Are you going to give me the change from the 4 years already spent?

            If someone is banging your head off the street for 4 years, do you want 2 more?

            The part that people will not address is ‘ its been too long already ‘ and they want more. Its like a welfare recipitant. Once they are on the doles, they will be for decades. Look at Edmonton! How many top 5 picks over how many years?

            “If I was the owner I wouldn’t mind losing a few season ticket holders if it gets us even the slightest of chances of getting a superstar player then you do it.”

            And they will NOT come back. Its NOT a viable way of running a business.

            “You need players who can grow with a team. Not a couple supposed quick fixes that will not even end up working out al la Ehrhoff, Regher and Leino.”

            Those are Darcys failures, Not the present Managements. The Present management needs to do something to show the fans they are serious. Until they do, people will continue to walk.

            Not to long ago, Buffalo almost lost its franchise. It can STILL happen.

            I live in Buffalo. I have most of my life. The fans here are TIRED of half-assed ‘ attempts ‘ of doing things. For far too long people have sat back and settled for ‘ second best ‘. Be it with the Bills, The Sabres, the Blizzard ( former indoor soccer team ). The ONLY successful team Buffalo has had in the last decade is the Bandits.

            With the way dollars arent buying what they used to, people are looking at the Sabres and saying ‘ F-that, I want something entertaining ‘.

            Would it be too much to ask the team to let Scott go knock a few guys out? Its not like asking them to score goals! Its a very simple task! ‘ John, go beat up dude ‘. And its done!

            Instead, you get the bleeding heart limp wristed type ‘ fans ‘ whom want Scott ( and the rest of the team ) emasculated/nutted. Then they scream ‘ McDavid! McDavid! OMG! We need McDavid!!! ‘. Will they slice their wrists if they dont get the guy?

            This will seem rude Jes, I love ya man.. but.. When was the last time you seen a Buffalo game live? When was the last time you ( or many of the readers here ) ponied up your earnings to buy tickets/merchandise supporting this ‘ rebuild ‘? How many of those reading here have been going to those games for 30+ years through thick and thin and are now being told ‘ well.. only a couple more years.. ‘.

            Jes, Im going to promise you Ms. Universes hand in marriage.. You have to wait a year though.. and then another year after that.. then one more year.. How many years would it take before you finally realized ‘ its a sham ‘?

            Ok, Ill give them 1 year IF they do SOMETHING NOW! Show me they are serious! Make a move!

            Steen just signed a 3year extension with the Blues. We couldnt have offered Moulson and/or other items to try and snag him? Miller wants out of Buffalo, Offer up a term of ‘ give us something and we will eat his salary ‘ and people will start bidding on him, especially contenders whom have questionable back-ups.

            I dont believe this ‘ rebuild ‘ is serious at all. Smoke and Mirrors to TRY and buy some more time and TRY to keep some asses in those seats. If there was ANY urgency to a ‘ rebuild ‘, there would be a LOT of talks of player shopping, GM inquiries.. Theres NOTHING going on right now.

            Ive been Duped and shelling out dollars for far to long on those ‘ ambitions ‘.

            Im not asking them to get Gordie Howe, Wayne and Bobby to come into the mix and cheerlead. I want to see just 1 serious move that puts someone on the ice thats needed. Its NOT too much to ask and CAN be done.

        • jimbobv2

          Trading their 2015 1st to draft Ekblad won’t turn this team’s fortunes around faster than waiting until 2015 to try and get McDavid, Eichel, or the other top 2015 players.

          2015 is looking waaaaay better than 2014. So, trading a 2015 lottery pick for a 2014 lottery pick due to impatience is a horrible way to build a team.

          It’s like the Leafs giving Boston Rask and Seguin because they were impatient a few times.

          • Caitlin Campbell

            There is no way they should trade the 2015 pick for this years lottery, like you said next years draft is far deeper

          • Dano

            Who said anything about Buffalo trading THEIR first round pick for 2015?

            Heres how I see it : Buffalo has their first rounder this year. They might be able to snag one of the guys from the poll mentioned above. *IF* the islanders decide to give Buffalo their first round pick in the 2014 draft, and its high enough, snag the second guy in the poll.

            Buffalo really has no control if the Islanders will defer that pick or not.

          • jimbobv2

            You wrote this:

            “As Nathan mentioned, I would try for both. As much as everyone touts about McDavid, If theres a way to snag Reinhart and Ekblad, I would put full effort into doing it, even if it means leaving the McDavid sweepstakes next year.”

            I read that last part as trading the Sabres 2015 1st round pick for the 2nd overall pick this year if the Sabres “earn” the 1st overall pick in 2014 so that they can get both Reinhart & Ekblad.

            I can’t see the Isles giving up a top 2 pick to the Sabres just to hold onto the McDavid lottery ticket.

            They will delude themselves into thinking that they can sign a UFA goalie this summer that will get them into the playoffs next year.

  • Cory Buck

    I don’t know enough about the two to definitively pick a better prospect, but I’m of a mind that the Sabres need all the forwards they can get. Reinhart for me.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      I’m just no solid enough on Reinhart as of yet, so right now Ekblad gets the nod for me.

      • Cory Buck

        That’s fair. Again, I’ve watched about 30 seconds of them playing combined. If Ekblad is a stud D-man, then that would be more valuable than what people seem to project for Reinhart, which is about a good second line center.

        • Caitlin Campbell

          exactly what I’m thinking- I don’t see Reinhart being any more than a 2nd line centre and the Sabres need more than that

  • wolfdoctor

    I’d rather pick a great defenseman than a good forward. Ekblad. Use all the other picks on forwards or trade up, even if you have to overpay, to get a top forward to go with Ekblad.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      That’s my thinking as well. Take Ekblad, an exceptional defence man and then use the rest of the picks on forwards

    • Joe

      Not smart. We need scoring end of discussion

      • wolfdoctor

        If a defenseman is significantly better than a forward take the defenseman. Who would you rather have, Denis Potvin or Drew Stafford?

        • Jes

          Your comparing Reinhart to Stafford? Lol hilarious.

          • wolfdoctor

            Ha ha. A (somewhat) slight exaggeration to get my point across. Ekblad is projected to be great, whereas the forwards are just projected to be good – actually below the norm compared to forwards from previous drafts.

          • Jes

            Ekblad isn’t projected to be great Wolfie. If he was, he’d be ranked #1 across the boards on basically everyone’s prospect rankings. But he is not. Reinhart is, in some cases he’s not even number two. Our priority should be forwards. Defense we have, I however did vote Ekblad as I do think he will end up being a better all around player then Reinhart. He’d be a great player to team up with Myers. That’d be an awesome combo.

          • jimbobv2

            Myers and Eklbad (and Ristolainen & Pysyk) are RH shots. So, I doubt you are playing them together long term.

            Right now the Sabres look to have Ehrhoff, Zadorov, and McCabe as LHD and Myers, Ristolainen, and Pysyk as RHD for the foreseeable future.

        • Jes

          Look where the Oilers are with taking the best player possible. If they actually addressed there needs year after year then they’d be contenders right now. We are loaded on defense. If we only get one pick in the top 2 Reinhart takes it for me.

        • lee Munn

          Ha Ha! And who would you rather have Crosby or Sulzer? You cant compare Gold to Donkey droppings.

          • wolfdoctor

            OK. Ha ha. Only time will tell how good these guys really are.

          • Joe

            Lmao nice point

        • Joe

          The problem with wat u justs aid is that reinhart and ekblad r rated as being of equal talent. Obviously if a defenseman is siginificantly better it makes sense but thats not the case here so idk wat point ur trying to make

          • wolfdoctor

            “The problem with wat u justs aid is that reinhart and ekblad r rated as being of equal talent. Obviously if a defenseman is siginificantly better it makes sense but thats not the case here so idk wat point ur trying to make”

            For an expert to ever rate a defenseman #1, he’d have to be Bobby Orr. That would be like an NFL expert rating a guard as #1. Also, of the highlights I’ve seen, Reinhart just doesn’t look that great.

  • jimbobv2

    The Sabres should go BPA and that is Reinhart.

    The best case scenario for this year is that the Sabres have the worst record, the Isles win the lottery, and because they are petrified of trading away Connor McDavid, they opt to give the Sabres that 1st overall pick.

    Then the Sabres get Reinhart & Ekblad.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      exactly that’s the a perfect scenario. Sabres also need to give Michael Dal Colle a look

      • jimbobv2

        I can’t see Dal Colle passing Reinhart or Ekblad on a BPA basis.

        • Caitlin Campbell

          I’m not sure Reinhart is the BPA, he’s expected to be nothing more than a second line centre and no one is sure if he’s a goal scorer yet, he puts up points but can he score?

          • Dano

            Thus why I add more weight to EkBlad over Reinhart.

          • Caitlin Campbell

            I concur

          • jimbobv2

            I hear a lot of Toews comparisons with Reinhart and almost no 2nd line center talk with him. Sure, he’s more of a playmaker than a pure scorer. But, he has elite hockey sense and that is something this team needs more of.

          • Caitlin Campbell

            I just think the Sabres can trade for a better play than him to be a number one centre

          • jimbobv2

            I don’t. Teams don’t give up guys like that.

      • Jes

        Ya not gonna happen with the 1st two picks Caitlin.

  • Thomas Eric

    Why not take both? If he have the one and 2 picks?

    • Caitlin Campbell

      If we get those two picks I’m on baord to take both

  • Jes

    Islanders would be dumb to defer the pick to next year due to the fact the 2015 draft is much deeper and I believe they cannot risk losing McDavid. The Islanders will be bad next year as well, so I do not doubt they defer the pick.

    Pick #1 – Reinhart – With our first pick we need to go after a forward. We cannot score and Reinhart can so it’s a no brainer there.

    Pick #2 – Ekblad – Would be a great pick with the 2nd pick. We are pretty deep defensively with great prospects. A team defense with Myers, Ekblad, Ristolainen, McCabe, Zadorov and Pysyk looks pretty unstoppable.

    We will end up getting 1st rounder’s either this year or next year for Moulson, Ott and Miller. Unless it looks like a top 15 pick I’d trade I’d trade it. Maybe 2 1st rounder’s and Foligno for Cotoure?

    • Caitlin Campbell

      Thanks for reminding me about McCabe Jes! He’s a prospect I’ve been keeping an eye on but completely forgot about. Our D definitely looks stacked adding him to an already stellar blue line.
      I we do end up with 2 in the top 5 or even just the first overall I say we take DalColle.
      and no you’re not trading Foligno

      • Jes

        Why not? Foligno blows…. He’s disappeared from the face of the earth ever since those 12 points in 14 games or whatever when he got that late call up that one year. Even Stafford is beating him in points department and not only in the points department. He takes the dumbest of penalties. Really exposed himself in that Calgary game.

        Wow you’d take DalColle over Reinhart or Ekblad? That’s insanely out there. Reinhart and Ekblad > DalColle by a longshot.

        • Caitlin Campbell

          No I would take Ekblad over Dal Colle any day, but Dal Colle would be my choice for a Sabres 2nd pick

          • jimbobv2

            Why would you take Dal Colle over Reinhart? I hope it’s not just purely based on the positions they play and what you perceive as organizational need.

            Positional need is no way to draft.

          • Caitlin Campbell

            No it’s not based on positional need… I just don’t think Reinhart is the guy the Sabres need and I think he’s way over hyped

    • lee Munn

      I agree with you in most ways, but I believe if Isles finish in bottom 5 they will hold on to 1st… Yet what makes it evenHARDER for them to hold on to there 1st is that they gave away their 2nd for ’14 or ’15 last year for Thomas (just to meet salary cap Minimum-Bost would have prob gave for free but Isles were dumb enough to give 2nd rd!) So if they take there 1st rd. this year. – Buff would get 2nd #31) And then next year they will not have 1st or second round pick… Very hard with next years picks being stronger.

    • jimbobv2

      Never underestimate the stupidity of the NY Islanders in general and Garth Snow in particular.

  • Yannick Cloutier

    With the first pick, go with Reinhart, yeah Ekblad seems to be an outstanding D, but in the Sabres case, you have no choice but to pick Reinhart with the first overall pick, we have Zadorov, Risto, McNabb, that’s enough for this year. REINHART, REINHART, REINHART… With the other 1st pick, i would draft a big LW like Ivan Barbashev or maybe Anton Karlsson.

    For the 2nd round i’d go with a smaller guy like Nikolai Ehlers (if sitll available) or maybe Daniel Audette (Borned in Buffalo)

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