Jan 9, 2014; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray speaks to the media during the press conference announcing his hiring as the new Sabres general manager at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres Shopping Draft Picks For Future


Is moving down in the cards for the Buffalo Sabres?  Really its a quality over quantity type argument for General Manager Tim Murray.

If your comparing this years draft class with what will be available for next year – and not having the number one overall pick in the draft – Tim Murray might be interested in moving down from the number two spot in the draft – if he thinks that a couple of middle class players will suit his team just fine.

Middle class players isn’t exactly what the Buffalo Sabres fans want to hear as the team rebuilds from the Darcy Regier era.  While time might not be on the side of general managers who have been in place for at least a season, Tim Murray will have the benefit of this season, next season, and possibly a third year after that.  Owner Terry Pegula knows what the plan is, and without using the term suffering (which we all got real sick of real quick) – he knows the team he loves will be bad for a couple of years while chips fall into play.

Why go all in this year with the number two overall pick when you have two chances to win the Connor McDavid sweepstakes?

Moving down does several things for the Buffalo Sabres – it lands you lower in the draft to target a player that you might have your eye on that might not be available the next time the podium has your name on it.

Moving down in the draft could also net the Buffalo Sabres with more second and third round picks in this draft, which could set the Buffalo Sabres up for more activity, moving some of those second round picks to get back into the first round.

We didn’t get the number two selection, but we got two first round guys.  I would be happy with that sole explanation if that is what Tim Murray wants to tell the media following the draft.  Where do I sign up for the party?

Tim Murray hinted at the fact that he doesn’t think that Aaron Ekblad is the franchise player the Buffalo Sabres need this season.  Smoke and mirrors to hope the kids stock falls?  Possibly.  He might not be sold on Sam and Sam at number two.

Instead of overdrafting the guy you want if you think he will be there at say the eighth to twelfth overall pick could get the Buffalo Sabres in prime position to stock the prospect pool with better talent that gets the train back on the tracks – the right tracks.

Offers are there for the Buffalo Sabres to move.   

The jury remains out on Tim Murray though.  Will he cautiously take the second overall pick because the price wasn’t right, and lets face it – its a number two pick; or will he roll the dice and take a chance on a later pick.

It might not even be about this year’s draft picks.  Could the Toronto Maple Leafs or any other team that wants in the top three be silly enough to want to swap next years first round pick for the chance at Ekblad, Reinhart, or Bennett?

There are so many options for the Buffalo Sabres at this point, it would be insane for Tim Murray to not listen to offers.

I would never root harder in my life for a team to fail giving me three chances at winning the lottery next year.

“Murray is listening to offers — if somehow he were able to convert his available assets (including his chip from the Blues) into two picks in the first 20 or better next month, he’d move on it. It will have to be a first-liner to get his attention if a prospective trade partner puts an established veteran in play.”  –Gare Joyce Sports Net Canada

It’s not Darcy Regier, so the price has to be right, but we won’t get the “well the price wasn’t there or the value wasn’t right.”  Tim Murray will pull the trigger and not shy away from a gamble that could make his hockey team better.

What says you Buffalo Sabres fans and faithful – are you sold on the fact that Sam (insert last name) or Aaron Ekblad are the way to go – or do you go with quantity over quality in this years draft and hold out hope for next year?

The Buffalo Sabres are actively voicing their depth of draft picks over the next several years.  And don’t just think that is a case of neener-neener, in your face we have a ton of draft picks.  It is a marketing scheme of what would you give us for a piece of the action.

Bold and smart don’t you think?

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  • Robert Voll

    Dumb idea to give up a #2 pick. There is no guarantee that you will get the #1 pick next year even if you had 3 or 4 chances in the lottery……..Still a crapshoot

    • Andrew

      if we dont get #1 we pretty much lock up #2 and probably another top 10

  • Dano

    After Miller and Ott turning into a 3rd rounder, Murray’s stock with me hit bottom. He should just use the Second rounder and stop draft-dreaming. Take whats known NOW then gamble on a lottery next year.

    • qwicwted

      Agree – IMO Murray should be trading Myers or Ehrhoff along with #31 or 39 for either #3 or 4. I have heard grumblings that Murray is hot for Nick Ritchie who is expected to go between 7-10, but the Sabres need a #1 playmaking Center and Reinhart fills that bill. We already have Stewart, Foligno and Deslauriers as our power forwards. Not that I put much stock in Craig Button, but ISS, Kevin Devine, Future Considerations all have Reinhart as either #1 or #2. In all honesty, if Murray trades down, then his stock would really hit bottom with me.

    • Cory Buck

      Just to clarify: Buffalo also got St. Louis’ 1st round pick in 2015 in the Miller deal + whatever they get for Chris Stewart at next year’s trade deadline + Neuvirth (who might actually be the best player they get out of the whole deal). That said, I still agree with you 100% Dano. Take the first round pick. Trade down from 31 if anything, but get a potentially elite player now and worry about trading down next year when we will likely have two high picks.

    • ende

      So your valuation of Murray is tied to the maximum return value that was available for a goalie about to hit free agency?

      Murray got what he could for Miller. Wishing that Miller returned more doesn’t make him worth that.

      • Dano

        “So your valuation of Murray is tied to the maximum return value that was available for a goalie about to hit free agency?”

        Please take in the FULL context of what I stated. AFTER the Miller/Ott trade, he hit bottom. He was falling long before that.

        Florida is taking offers right now for the #1 pick. There are packages like Toronto is supposedly putting together : Phanuf, Kadri and the #8 overall. Im sure other teams have put together some nice deals and made offers to Florida.

        Whats Buffalo been offered? Anything at all? Where is Murrays ‘ Hustle ‘? He was quick to liquidate everything for a bunch of ‘ future potentials, maybe a couple of them will work out, who knows what will be available when its our pick.. ‘ .

        How about going after some known assets? How about shopping some of those picks and maybe a prospect or 2 for a known asset?

        *IF* he is doing such, why isnt it known?

        • ende

          That Toronto package sounds terrible for a team in rebuild-mode. There’s no reason to take on ‘known assets’ at this time. After the 2015 draft we can start looking at known assets.

          I don’t know what hustle you’re talking about. Murray has done a fine job of liquidating depreciating assets and getting whatever value he can for them (Darcy did most of the work there). I’m sure there will be plenty of good choices available all the way down at the #2 overall pick.

          Look, we’re in a rebuild. This is going to take a little while. There’s no fast turn around.

          “*IF* he is doing such, why isnt it known?”

          Most of what GMs do is not known. That which is “known” is actually just rumor mill fodder.

          • Dano

            “That Toronto package sounds terrible for a team in rebuild-mode. There’s no reason to take on ‘known assets’ at this time.”

            I would be looking every day, at every chance, to gain a known asset. Its not smart to sit back and wait.

            “After the 2015 draft we can start looking at known assets.”

            Who is ‘ we ‘? You and I? Im just a season ticket holder, not a GM/owner/coach. I have no input into the Sabres on an organizational level. If I did, Buffalo would have the most brutal/physical/suspended team in the league without question. It would make the ‘ Philly Flu ‘ look like a sneeze and coming to Buffalo like open heart surgery! ;)

            “Look, we’re in a rebuild. This is going to take a little while. There’s no fast turn around.”

            Again, who is ‘ We ‘? The only thing Im rebuilding is the ‘ drag ‘ for my tractor this coming weekend if I get a few hours, it broke yesterday ( when I needed it the most! ).

          • ende

            Well, I say ‘we’ because we are shareholders of emotional stock. Don’t mean squat when it comes to voting, ha.

            At this very moment, it is actually smart to sit back and wait. We are currently stocked with 2014 and 2015 draft picks, and 2015 is expected to be a very deep draft; not to mention if we finish in last place again we stand a good chance of landing Connor McDavid. Besides, free agency isn’t that great right now.

            Next summer, after the draft, the Sabres will start to flesh out the rest of its core through free agency. It’s going to work out just fine, it’s just going to take a little patience for now.

          • Dano

            ROFLMAO! ‘ Emotional Stock ‘?!?!?! GTFO! Your a Fan, theres no ‘ we ‘ in regards to owning anything with the Sabres.

            If such were true, after forking over what I have in the last 20 years for season tickets, I should have a vested interest. ;)

            “At this very moment, it is actually smart to sit back and wait.”

            If someone offers a known first line center, a 25-30 first rounder and maybe some other roster player, your saying to just do nothing? Something that can have an immediate impact.. the Sabres should stand by and wait?

            “We are currently stocked with 2014 and 2015 draft picks, and 2015 is expected to be a very deep draft; not to mention if we finish in last place again we stand a good chance of landing Connor McDavid. Besides, free agency isn’t that great right now.”

            As I stated earlier to another person : Guarantee me of whom will be available for the Sabres in 2015. What position will the Sabres pick and whom will be available?

            Even if the Islanders AND the Sabres finish as the last 2 teams in the league, it still doesnt GUARANTEE Buffalo drafting in the top 3.

            “Next summer, after the draft, the Sabres will start to flesh out the rest of its core through free agency. It’s going to work out just fine, it’s just going to take a little patience for now.”

            Hmm.. the last guy whom speaks as you do whom used to post on here said you draft your core then fill the rest with free-agents.

            Patience? Im a farmer, not a doctor Jim! ( sorry, Star Trek humor, had to! )

          • wolfdoctor

            “Even if the Islanders AND the Sabres finish as the last 2 teams in the league, it still doesnt GUARANTEE Buffalo drafting in the top 3.”

            Actually, if the lottery rules don’t change we would be guaranteed no worse than picking 2nd and 3rd.

  • wolfdoctor

    I think Sabres management really likes Nick Ritchie. I really hope they don’t reach for him at #2. On the other hand trading down to get him might be risky since a team in front of the Sabres could pick Ritchie. The Sabres shouldn’t wear blinders as far as Ritchie is concerned. I’d rather keep #2 and pick a Sam and try to trade up with a team in the 6-10 range with the caveat that, “if our guy is still available we will trade x,y,z for your pick.” What is x,y,z ? How about Stewart or Stafford and 2 (or 3) second round picks. Or Grigorenko, a second and a third. Or Myers straight up. Or maybe just trading all the remainder of our picks (3 2nds, a third, a fifth, a 6th and 7th) will get us to #10.

    • Dano

      I agree!

      The problem I have with the ‘ draft ‘ is theres so much that can happen in a season. If Henrik pulled a groin, would the rangers even be in the playoffs? Some other team would.

      Theres no guarantee that a middle of the pack team ( 10-20 in the league ) doesnt have injuries or problems and drops to below where Buffalo is *next year*. People will state the odds BUT: The Sabres finished dead last with the worst record and STILL lost the Lottery!

      The Sabres know where they stand in THIS YEARS DRAFT. They know who is available for it NOW.

      They might pick 6-15 next year, theres no guarantee that other teams wont have problems and just MAYBE the kids in Buffalo will do alright for a while, maybe win 3 straight or a pair every now and then.

      Whos gonna be in Next years draft? A concussion to one of those individuals whom wish to enter the draft might happen. They arent that uncommon and can take years to get through. In some instances, people dont fully recover to the point where they were before it happened.

      Theres no telling where Buffalo will stand in Next years draft as of today. Theres no telling with a guarantee whom will be available.

      This is why I conceived the term ‘ Draft Dreaming ‘. ;)

      • wolfdoctor

        I guess I’m a draft dreamer. Certainly the goal of 2015 is to finish last and be guaranteed McDavid or Eichel, according to current draft rules. Some sources say Eichel is just as great as McDavid. I’d be happy with either one. If it doesn’t work out and the Sabres pick 3rd, 4th or whatever, there are other great players at those positions as well. I think Nolan will be working hard as possible to make the playoffs though, so I fully expect more trades to weaken the team (i.e. trade away Stewart and Stafford for picks).

  • ende

    There’s no way Murray does anything remotely like this.

  • Andrew

    trade the 2nd pick to the leafs. they want a center. we take nazem kadri who has problems with randy carlyle. we take the 8th pick and a 2015 2nd rounder

  • jimbobv2

    The only way a trade down from #2 happens is if Murray really loves one of the top 3 or 4 guys (say Sam Reinhart), that guy goes #1, and then Murray gets an offer he likes over taking a guy that he’s not in love with at 2nd overall.

    Personally, I hope Ekblad goes 1st and Murray takes Reinhart or Bennett at 2 and says that he got the guy that he had far and away #1 in the class.