With the long offseason ahead of us, I just thought I'd focus on the first chance to change the makeup of the team - the 2012 NHL Entry Draft at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA from June 22-23. There are four possible scenarios -
1. Trading picks to move up - The Sabres have 4 picks in the first two rounds. In the first round, they will have their pick as well as Nashville's first overall pick - likely to be much later in the first round. In the second round, they will have their own pick as well as Calgary's pick, both of which should be around the same place. Nashville's pick was acquired in the Gaustad trade while Calgary's pick was acquired last summer as part of the Chris Butler trade.
2. Trading players/picks to move up - I suspect that this might be a popular option here. There are many who think that the Sabres still would do better by selling off the core in order to bring in new blood. Some combination of a player plus one of their top picks could be used to move up or even acquire players on other teams.
3. Trading players for a pick - The Sabres could get rid of players, get a high draft pick, and keep their several draft picks in the first two rounds. While many fans might want this to happen, I would say it's the least likely option, unless we see Vanek, Miller, or Myers on the move.
4. Stand pat - In 2009, the last time the Sabres had two picks in the first round, they drafted Myers and Ennis. How did that work out? Both players made the team a lot better fairly quickly. But I don't suspect that this will be popular, as there will be pressure to do something to address the team's failure this year. Darcy has withstood this pressure, and it can be argued that it has paid off.
What would you like to see the Sabres do on Draft Day?