The Buffalo Sabres chose center Sam Reinhart of the WHL’s Kootenay Ice last night with their second-overall selection in the 2014 NHL Draft. The Reinhart pick was the highest the Sabres have chosen in a draft in many years, and it was Buffalo’s lone pick of the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft.
But if Tim Murray had his way, it wouldn’t have been.
The Sabres GM was quoted last night that he had offered all three of the Sabres’ second-round picks to seven different NHL teams in hopes of acquiring an additional first-round pick.
All seven teams turned him down, so the Sabres will now have three selections in the second round this morning, including the first pick, 31st overall.
Murray’s attempts to acquire an additional first-rounder were unsuccessful, but you can’t deny that was certainly a bold and wild move by the Sabres general manager.
It already seems that Murray has proven himself to be an interesting general manager, not afraid to make a splash, or least try to make one. It’s very different than the days of Darcy Regier, when everything was safer and more easily predicted… you never know what Murray’s going to do.
It’s also quite interesting that no team was willing to take the bait and swap out their first-round pick. You’d have to think that was a tempting offer for some, and yet here we are.
With the way things turned out last night at the NHL Draft, there’s still several players left that could have easily gone in the first round, including guys like Ivan Barbashev.
The 31st-overall pick is pretty much a first-round selection, especially the way the picks went yesterday, and there are plenty of solid players still waiting to be drafted.
After the 31st overall pick this morning, the Sabres are slotted to pick again just eight slots later at 39th and then again at 49th. They’re the only team with three picks in the second round, although San Jose and St. Louis each have two second-round picks.