I love this photo - Grigorenko on the right, the charming, likeable point-piler, the future face of the franchise. Girgensons on the left, the all-business crushinator who's future captain material.
Here's your daily discussion thread chock full o' Buffalo Sabres and NHL news, collected from around the internet for your viewing pleasure.
- The Sabres left the first round happy with their two big centers. [Sabres.com, The Buffalo News]
- Mikhail Grigorenko is aiming to prove the doubters wrong. [Trending Buffalo, The Buffalo News, Puck Daddy]
- Girgensons' style of play will make him a hit in Buffalo [Sabres Edge]
- The Sabres splash feels good, says Paul Hamilton. [WGR]
- A cornucopia of first round reactions and analysis of the Sabres selections. [WGR, The Hosers, Sabre Noise, BSN, Sabres Edge, Two In The Box]
Around the NHL:
- Here's a gathering of first round analysis from around the NHL. [SI.com, SB Nation, TSN, USA Today, ESPN (Insider required)]
- It's never too early to declare winners and losers, especially when the Sabres are winners. [THN]
- The Penguins traded Jordan Staal to Carolina for their first rounder, Brendan Sutter, and a prospect. [NHL.com]
- There were three other trades involving Mike Ribeiro to the Capitals [NHL.com] Lubomir Visnovsky to the Islanders [NHL.com] Zbynek Michalek went to the Coyotes [Puck Daddy] and Sergei Bobrovsky to the Blue Jackets. [NHL.com]
- There was some irony among the picks, as PK Subban's brother Malcolm went to Boston, [NHL.com] and Stefan Matteau, son of Rangers hero Stephan Matteau, went to New Jersey. [Puck Daddy]
- The NHL announced that the next two drafts will be held in New Jersey (2013) and Philadelphia (2014). [SB Nation]
- The Avalanche resigned Matt Duchene for two more years. [sportsnet.ca]