Although the first round order of the NHL Draft has been set for some time now, the remainder of the selection order was not announced until just this afternoon. The Sabres will select eight times in the NHL Draft, which will be held June 27 and 28th in Philadelphia.
First up for the Sabres will, of course, be that coveted second-overall selection. Who will they choose? Still unclear at this point, but general manager Tim Murray said it’s most likely that the Sabres will select either Sam Bennett, Sam Reinhart or Leon Draisaitl, with Aaron Ekblad likely going first overall to the Florida Panthers, or whichever team ends up with that first selection.
That’s the lone pick for the Sabres in the first round. Their next selection will come at #31, the first pick in the second round. Buffalo will select again just eight slots later, at 39th overall. That pick came from the Winnipeg Jets via the Minnesota Wild in the trade that brought Matt Hackett and Johan Larsson to Buffalo, sending Jason Pominville to the Wild.
The Sabres may also have a third pick in the second round, at 49th overall. That pick originally belonged to Minnesota but came back to Buffalo in the Pominville trade. However, the Sabres may end up losing this pick if the St. Louis Blues trade Ryan Miller‘s rights prior to the draft. If that’s the case, this #49 pick would go to St. Louis, and the Sabres would pick up the 21st-overall selection from St. Louis.
For Round 3, the Sabres have just one selection in the 2014 NHL Draft, 61st overall. If the Blues trade Miller’s rights prior to the draft, this pick would go to St. Louis as a condition of the trade.
Buffalo does not have a selection in the 4th round. That pick now belongs to Edmonton — the Sabres sent it along with Pominville to Minnesota, who traded it to the Oilers for Ilya Bryzgalov in March.
The Sabres will then select #121 (1st in Round 5), #151 (1st in Round 6), and first in round seven (#181). That sixth-round pick could have been on its way to Edmonton if Linus Omark had continued to play in the NHL after the Sabres terminated his contract for refusing to report to the Rochester Americans.
While there are still several conditional picks to come and go that we won’t know the security of until June 27, that’s where things stand at this moment.
Buffalo Sabres 2014 NHL Draft picks:
- First Round – #2
- Second Round – #31, #39, #49 (conditional)
- Third Round – #61 (conditional)
- Fourth Round – none
- Fifth Round – #121
- Sixth Round – #151
- Seventh Round – #181
The NHL Draft is just over a week away now, with all the action kicking off at 7 p.m. on June 27 for round one. Rounds 2 – 7 will be held on June 28 beginning at 10 a.m.