Jun 30, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; A general view of the stage between picks during the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres Listening To Trade Offers For First Round Pick

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.

Would you be upset if the Buffalo Sabres traded their number two pick?

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  • wolfdoctor

    We spent the whole year tanking to get a high pick. Why trade it away?

    • Timothy Redinger

      Its the quality vs quantity argument. Anyone you can get better IMO we should explore all options.

      • wolfdoctor

        IMO, we have quantity already. I’d rather keep our one quality pick and maybe combine one or more of our other picks with a player or players and get more quality picks. Trading down should not be an option at this point.

  • Robert Voll

    Oh gads…………just like the Bills….”taking the best player available” in a later round. Dumb. Dumb. Dumb. Take the sure thing at #2 now and wait until next year to see what happens. No guarantees about getting #1 or even #2 in 2015 no matter if they do end up dead last (again). No matter what Murray does, the Sabres are still 3 or 4 years (or more) away from being relevant so it makes no sense to trade down for more “futures”.

  • Cory Buck

    Are there any guarantees in this draft? Even at the top?
    There are guys who are ranked higher, but does that make
    them superstars? No one scouting and ranking the players in the 2014
    draft seems to be sold on them in that manner. If there’s a team
    offering two good young roster players and a top ten pick, knowing what we have in 2015, I’d be very tempted. That crazy rumor with Phaneuf, Kadri and the 8th for FLA’s 1st? I’d take that in a heartbeat for Buffalo. It’s an asset game and the Sabres have one of the most coveted assets in the draft this year. Why not hear what people have to say?

  • David Clark

    If the Sabres can acquire Kadri (especially after seeing the chemistry Hodgson just displayed with him at the World Championships) and their 8th pick (giving Buffalo a shot at either Virtanen or Ehlers, as well) in return for the right to pick one of the two Sam’s (Leafs rumored to like Bennett, but I think they’d draft Reinhart because they need a #1 center for Kessel and he’s the better passer of the two Sam’s)… then I say do it. I don’t want Phaneuf, but another pick in 2015 to sweeten the pot would work for me. I’m still hoping they pull the trigger to do something similar to this with the Jets instead… acquiring Evander Kane, instead of Nazem Kadri in return for moving down… but that’s just me and I’m crazy anyways. :)

  • CutTheCordAlready

    If there’s a deal in place involving our #2 pick that will IMPROVE THE TEAM, you do it. If it doesn’t improve the team, you don’t. Let’s face it, the #8 pick (for instance) is still a good hockey player, but it could also be the difference between a 3rd liner and a 1st or 2nd liner (keeping our pick). Rumors are rampant that the Leafs have offered Kadri, Phaneuf and #8 to Florida for #1 and Jovonovski. If it were the Sabres, it would probably mean those two players, plus the pick for #2 and, say, Ehrhoff. Would that be a trade Buffalo would entertain? Good God, I hope not. That does not help us, now or 5 years from now. Any trade has to benefit our SITUATION as well as our lineup. We do not need perhaps the most overrated defenseman in the league (Phaneuf) and who is, at best, a 2nd line center in Kadri (how many more of those does Buffalo need?), when we can just draft a kid with first line potential. The devil you know is better than the devil you don’t? NOT in this case, imo. I’ll keep #2, and try to package one or two of our 2nd’s plus perhaps a player to move as high as I can back into the first.