First Round Position: 13th overall
Best Picks of last 3 Years:
Tyler Myers (D) – 1st round 2008
Tyler Ennis (C) – 1st round 2008
Jhonas Enroth (G) – 2nd round 2006
Brad Eidsness (G) – 5th round 2007
T.J. Brennan (D) – 2nd round 2007
Coming Down the Pipe – The Sabres are deep on blueline prospects with Tyler Myers, Chris Butler, Mike Weber, T.J. Brennan and Marc-Andre Gragnani all showing promise. Between the pipes, Swede Jhonas Enroth might be ready for a promotion while next in line is Brad Eidsness who is just entering his sophomore year at North Dakota. The forward crop boasts skill and speed as well as character but there isn’t a lot of size with the high-end prospects; Mark Mancari and Luke Adam take up space but aren’t considered blue-chippers and former 1st round pick Marek Zagrapan appears headed to Europe.
Draft Trends - The Sabres have only drafted two WHL players in the last 4 years, but both (Tyler Myers and Tyler Ennis) were in the first round in 2008 and, so far, look like great picks. Buffalo has shown a definite attraction to the QMJHL having drawn 10 players from the Q over the last 4 drafts. In that same 4-year span the Sabres have chosen 11 players from high school or Jr. A who were slated to go the NCAA route. Buffalo’s first pick in each of the last three years has been a defenceman.
Millard: Zack Kassian-A team with some smaller skilled forwards gets a lot bigger with a guy some are comparing to Milan Lucic. At 6.02 and 210 lbs Kassian gives the Sabres instant muscle and some skill to boot.
Flaming: Scott Glennie – Some high-end size to go with Gerbe, Kennedy and Ennis makes sense and Glennie has it plus the speed and skills needed to play with them. The Brandon Wheat King forward could be a steal.