Apr 1, 2014; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres left wing Ville Leino (23) and New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) during the game at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres Daily: NHL Draft, Connor McDavid & Ville Leino

The Buffalo Sabres could be looking to land quality over quantity despite the number of draft picks the team has accumulated [Hockey Buzz].

To keep or not to keep the second overall draft pick – Tim Murray is listening to offers.  But if you keep the second overall pick – you have a slew of picks starting in the second round, Buffalo could easily select second, and then manager to package two later round picks and a prospect they don’t think will fit in the system to jump back into the first round.

You didn’t get the New York Islanders first round pick this year from the Thomas Vanek trade, and the Ryan Miller trade didn’t turn into a first round pick either.  That means Buffalo only has the one first round pick.  That doesn’t mean it will be the only time Tim Murray and company head to the podium in the first round.

What is more disturbing from this article is the void of draft picks in the second round during Darcy Regiers later years with the club – and the number of busts in the draft.  How did this man keep his job for so many years?

Connor McDavid wants to get bigger, stronger, and faster.  [Sportsnet.ca].

He is already the number one draft pick; he is already slated for the NHL no matter what team gets him on draft day.  Regardless of that Connor McDavid isn’t taking anything for chance and is ensuring he is going to be ready for the rigorous demands of an NHL season.

It is that kind of attitude that the Buffalo Sabres need in their locker room.  The I am already good but can get better.  The I am already set to be a stud, but want to be a super star.

So I have been avoiding adding report cards in my morning opinion post, but here it is, the highly anticipated Ville Leino 2013-2014 Report Card.  [Die By The Blade].

Ok, the best part about this – finding out that Ville Leino only took 38 total shots all season in 58 games.

The funniest part about the article, realizing that 48 hours and one minute after the Stanley Cup Finals the Buffalo Sabres will make Ville Leino a free agent.  Justified rant coming for having to watch Leino all season.  Go.

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