If the Sabres hope to do a good turnaround next season, then they need to look for the right player for them in this years draft. It’s not about taking the best player in the draft, but rather taking the best player for your team in the draft. I mean look at what happened with the first overall selection in the 2012 draft. The Oilers went to pick Nail Yakupov first overall and passed on the defenseman they desperately needed in Ryan Murray. The Sabres are in a position to pick the best possible player for them, and have so many good options. One of these options is Leon Drasaitl.
Drasaitl is a forward for the Prince Albert Raiders and is a great combination of size and skill. Out of all of the offensive prospects available in the draft, Drasaitl the most deceptive for his size. At 6 foot 1 and 209 pounds, he’s got the frame to be able to play in the NHL. His playing style, along with his powerful skating ability make him an offensive threat to be reckoned with.
Drasaitl is absolutely relentless on the puck. His work ethic is phenomenal, and has the offensive charge to add to it. He can attack the puck carrier and strip him of the puck, or at least make them cough it up in an opportune way. Drasaitl then can make the offensive magic he created happen. He has a quick release when he shoots and maintains control of the puck. On top of that, he has great playmaking abilities and can be rather creative with them. There’s no lack of scoring ability when it comes to this kid, especially when last season he scored 38 goals and 105 points.
Where would he fit in the Sabres organization? I believe that his best chance at success would be to play alongside of Zemgus Girgensons. The two of them would be an absolute annoyance to opposing teams. Drasaitl would be the offensive threat of the line, and Girgensons would provide the added energy to the line. If he were to choose to stay, Chris Stewart would be a solid third to add to that line. Three large imposing men that can pose an offensive threat is a weapon that the Sabres could use quite well. Just look at the Anaheim Ducks’ first line. It seems to be working for them quite well.
What do you all think?