Buffalo Sabres land a major surprise at forward in NHL Mock Draft 3.0

Sometimes, a consensus top-five pick will freefall in the NHL Draft, and in my latest simulation, the Sabres snagged that freefaller.
SKA Hockey Club player, Ivan Demidov (11) seen in action...
SKA Hockey Club player, Ivan Demidov (11) seen in action... / SOPA Images/GettyImages
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122nd overall: Pavel Moysevich, G/SKA St. Petersburg

Pavel Moysevich has textbook height for a goaltender, standing at 6’5. He still has a lot of room to grow into his frame, but his contract runs through 2027, so like Hynninen, there’s a lot of time to add size. He’s not the type of goaltender who will ‘wow’ you with highlight-reel saves, but with a 0.942 save percentage and a 1.25 GAA in 13 KHL games, he’s off to a good start, even if he was playing for one of the best teams in the league. 

172nd overall: Jack Berglund, C/Farjestad

I’m a huge fan of players like Jack Berglund, who already has an excellent build at 6’2, 207 lbs, and one who can play center or winger. He also played at several levels last season, spending most of his time in J20 Nationell, where he scored 15 goals and notched 34 points in 41 regular season outings. 

224th overall: Artur Faizov, C/Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk

Like Jack Berglund, Artur Faizov can also play center and left wing, and his 6’1, 183-pound build is already adequate. While we definitely need to see more of a sample size from him, at 224th overall, he’s one of two potential-based picks I went with, one forward and one defenseman…

225th overall: Bryce Pickford, D/Medicine Hat Tigers

Bryce Pickford was a teammate of Sabres prospect Scott Ratzlaff for a while with the Seattle Thunderbirds, but he will be wearing a new uniform next season with the Medicine Hat Tigers. He has 34 points and seven goals throughout the previous two seasons and 119 games worth of regular season experience in that same frame. 


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