Just 13 spots after picking up Brendan Lemieux of the Barrie Colts, the Buffalo Sabres have struck again at the 2014 NHL Draft. This time, the Sabres selected center Eric Cornel of the OHL’s Peterborough Petes with the 44th overall selection in the NHL Draft. The Sabres originally held the 39th overall selection, but traded it to the Washington Capitals in exchange for picks #44 and #74.
Cornel, 18, is a Kemptville, Ontario native who has spent the last two seasons with the Petes in the OHL. He had 62 points in 68 regular season games this season, including 25 goals and 37 assists. Cornel also put up seven points (4-3) in 11 playoff games with Peterborough.
Prior to that, his rookie season saw him put up 16 points in 63 games. Cornel also formerly played with his hometown Kemptville 73s of the CCHL.
He was ranked 25th overall by NHL Central Scouting in their final rankings leading up to the drank.
This is the second of three picks that the Sabres hold in the second round of the 2014 NHL Draft. After picking up Lemieux at #31 and Cornel at #44, the Sabres will pick next at 49th to finish off their trio of selections in the second round.
This year marks the second consecutive year that the Sabres have three second-round picks in the NHL Draft. In 2013, the Sabres picked up left winger J.T. Compher with the 35th overall pick. They also chose center Connor Hurley at 38th and right winger Justin Bailey at 52nd.
After the three second-round picks this morning, the Sabres also hold the first selection in round three of the 2014 NHL Draft, 61st overall. Following that, the Sabres won’t select again until the fifth round, with no picks in the fourth round of the 2014 NHL Draft.
As the 2014 NHL Draft continues, here’s a few links for further reading for all you hockey fans out there:
- Looking for the full draft order for rounds two through seven of the 2014 NHL Draft? (x)
- Broadcast information/how to watch day two of the NHL Draft
- The Buffalo Sabres selected Sam Reinhart with the second overall selection; how do you feel about this pick?
- Full first-round NHL draft selections
Stay tuned as the Buffalo Sabres make additional picks in day two of the 2014 NHL Draft. We’ll continue to have full draft coverage here at Sabrenoise and across the Fansided network.