Buffalo Sabres Roundtable: Late First Round Picks

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Jun 27, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; A general view of the complete draft board after the completion of the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

What are the Buffalo Sabres going to do with their second first round draft pick?  The Buffalo Sabres have the hopes of landing in either the first or second overall spot in the 2015 NHL Draft, the chance to draft either Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel is extremely powerful.

But over the last few years, the Buffalo Sabres have been amassing draft picks upon draft picks, with the hope that one day, the team will strike gold and the rebuild will be complete.  We are nearing the end of that tunnel.

General Manager Tim Murray has already traded away one of the three first round draft picks that the Buffalo Sabres hold for this year’s NHL Entry Draft.  Buffalo owns their own draft pick, and the first round draft picks of the St. Louis Blues (Ryan Miller/Steve Ott Trade) and the New York Islanders (Thomas Vanek Trade).  The have to give the lower of the two draft choices to the Winnipeg Jets (Evander Kane/Zach Bogosian deal).

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Of course as we were convening the second edition of the round table, the Buffalo Sabres general manager dropped word at the GM meetings that the Buffalo Sabres were open to trade offers on the second of their remaining draft picks in the first round.

Are the Buffalo Sabres going to trade up in the first round to target another player that they want in the first round?  Are they Buffalo Sabres going to make a hockey trade for a player that will compliment whomever they draft in the top of the first round?

Who else will the Buffalo Sabres include in the tradable components to make it all happen – and will it happen on Tim Murray’s terms, or will he have to take it or leave a deal that will be put on the table in front of him at the draft?

Follow through our slide show to see what everyone on the staff here at Sabrenoise thinks of the upcoming draft process as far as the late first round pick still owned by the Buffalo Sabres.

And my recommendation, if you haven’t yet seen Draft Day with Kevin Costner yet, you might want to before the NHL draft this year, because it will get you all sorts of pumped up for the picks.

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