What is it going to take to make the Buffalo Sabres a Stanley Cup contender? With front row seats to the draft in 2014 – and likely a similar setup for the entry level selection in 2015 – the Sabres are, and will continue to be a long shot for Cup contention.
But how long will the Buffalo Sabres be selling the bill of sale on the rebuild?
If it were up to General Manager Tim Murray – who is entering into his first full season as a general manager – the draft lottery will be in the rear view mirror of the Buffalo Sabres.
Tim Murray doesn’t want to take more than four stabs at the draft lottery – and that is likely because if he does – the Buffalo Sabres will be looking for a new general manager. In fact, if the outline of the career progression in this article is leaning towards it, Tim Murray could be grooming his replacement in Randy Cunneyworth.
Tim Murray doesn’t expect to be around the front of the draft que for quite that amount of time anyways. Tim Murray doesn’t want to build a championship team through the draft in my opinion – he is going to develop a destination where free agents are going to want to come and surround his good prospects with other good players.
It almost seems like the answer to that answer is predicated by who the Buffalo Sabres get drafted in the 2015 first round. With three draft picks in next years first round, as well as a pair of picks in the second rounds of 2015 and 2016 – Buffalo it seems as well stocked to plan for the future.
Now it appears that I am getting into the realm of what has been dubbed here by some as the draft dreamers. Draft dreamers are hoping that the Buffalo Sabres or the New York Islanders selection takes them into the winning seat for the biggest loser competition, and will land them Connor McDavid.
Those with grandeurs of delusion – are now thinking that you can virtually hand the Buffalo Sabres the Stanley Cup in a few years if they get both McDavid and Jack Eichel. Well lets slow our roll up here a little bit.
First, that would require the Buffalo Sabres to hold both their own pick, and the New York Islanders pick at both the 30th and 29th place spot and one of those spots wins the draft lottery. That is the only guarantee. The other option is that one of their picks is number one, and the other gets selected as the lottery winner.
Theoretically the draft lottery could take the Buffalo Sabres out of contention with for the McDavid sweepstakes if they hold both top picks next year and another team wins the draft lottery. Buffalo will then be picking second and third.
Either way, the Buffalo Sabres are going to get a good player, so why not sit back and enjoy the ride?