The Buffalo Sabres are picking 13th in the upcoming 2023 NHL Draft, but who will they take at 39th overall and beyond? Let’s dive in.
The Buffalo Sabres currently have eight picks in the 2023 NHL Draft, and they have plenty of needs to fill in their prospects pool. While they have a solid number of forwards, they are lacking in defense and goaltenders, so you can expect more than a few of them in my picks below.
So, for this mock, I used the simulator from FC Hockey, preventing me from taking a few preferred players, but I still landed a class that I was happy with nonetheless, especially since I was still able to address each position of need with ease, while going with who I felt was the best available with the 13th pick.
In the late rounds, I drafted solely on potential, and there are three prospects who, despite their limited sample sizes, caught my eye. So who landed with the Queen City’s organization in my latest mock? Keep reading to find out.
Buffalo Sabres seven-round mock draft
13th overall – Quentin Musty, LW/Sudbury Wolves
As in my previous mock draft a few days back, the Buffalo Sabres once again roll with Musty. Kevyn Adams opts for a pick that he believes can a) bring excitement, b) has a proven track record, c) has playmaker potential, and d) can be a candidate to replace Jeff Skinner a few years from today.
39th overall – Oliver Bonk, D/London Knights
You know this draft will see the Sabres go with quite a few defensemen, and Oliver Bonk would make a great pick at 39th overall. If the Blue and Gold can become regular postseason contenders, then they can never be shorthanded on shutdown defensemen. Bonk will help make sure of that.
45th overall – Caden Price, D/Kelowna Rockets
Ranked 37th by Elite Prospects, Caden Price could still be here at 45th overall, and he was in my mock draft simulation, so making this pick was rather easy. He’s shown big play ability so far in his career at the junior hockey level, and once he grows more consistent, then someone, maybe the Sabres, will have a great hockey player, and that’s no exaggeration.