Rumor has it the Buffalo Sabres and general manager Tim Murray are listening to options for trading away the second overall pick in this year’s draft.
That means taking themselves out of the running for Aaron Ekblad, Sam Reinhart, or Sam Bennett. Is that necessarily a bad thing?
There has been a lot written in the last few days that their are teams, specifically the Toronto Maple Leafs interested in moving into the top three of the draft this year. It is really not that clear who the Buffalo Sabres want to target with that pick, or if the guy they really want in the first round would be a major reach at number two.
Tim Murray is going to select the best player available when the Buffalo Sabres are called to the podium, so it really doesn’t matter where the Buffalo Sabres pick in the draft right?
The Sabres are at least one more draft after this years’ from getting better in the standings, so grabbing a top three pick might not be necessary this year. The current roster has plenty of first round talent on it from later round draft picks. Sure we fault the Buffalo Bills for always selecting right around the eighth spot in the NFL draft, but that is a different story all together.
Talent can be found in later first round picks, even in the later rounds of the draft, so the question today becomes; would it upset you the Buffalo Sabres fans if they turned that top three pick into a later round pick, possibly in the eight to twelve range for a player they think is capable of helping this team more?
With three first round picks in the much deeper 2015 NHL Entry Draft, moving down in 2014 might not be a bad idea. In fact, it might be the smartest move Tim Murray makes for the Buffalo Sabres this year.