The Buffalo Sabres filled a need by drafting three right-handed defenseman in the their first four picks. With one filled they turned to the forward ranks in hopes of filling another need. They selected Steven Shipley a center from Owen Sound in the OHL with their fourth round selection and they selected physical winger Gregg Sutch from Missisauga in the Ontario Hockey League with their fifth round selection.
Gregg Sutch - Right Wing - Missisauga St. Michael's Majors - 6'2" 193lbs.
Sutch a physical winger with very limited offensive ability. He will be looked upon as a physical player if he is able to make the jump to the pro ranks.
Steven Shipley - Center - Owen Sound Attack (OHL) - 6'2" 205lbs.
Steven Shipley is a very interesting pick in the fourth round. He could be be a steal for the Sabres this late in the draft or he could be a complete bust. The Sabres decided to take a chance and they hope they are rewarded someday.
Shipley is a big kid that is a very good two-way player. When he is at his best, he shows a willingness to block shots and takes pride in his penalty killing ability. He has very good hands that helps him control the puck in high traffic areas. He needs very little space to make something happen in the offensive zone. He has the ability to score goals but he is willing to dish the puck to a teammate when necessary.
The knock on Shipley is consistency. One night he plays like an all-world superstar but the next night, he is invisible. If he finds a way to become a more consistent player, and contribute on a nightly basis, he could be a top six forward in the NHL. It is really up to him, how good he can be at the next level.