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Kris Baker releases his mock draft.

Kris Baker has the Sabres drafting Swedish center Elias Lindholm with the #8 selection and BC-committed defensemen Steven Santini with the #16 pick.

On Lindholm:

#8 BUFFALO – Elias Lindholm
C, 6’, 181 lbs. (Brynas, Sweden)
An impeccable skater with a "total package" skill set, Lindholm’s world-class vision, instincts and two-way commitment provide game-changing elements for any team to build around. The creative six-footer motors in and out of traffic seeking opportunity, but more importantly plays the game hard in all situations with the intangible traits to bring out the best in his mates.

On Santini:

#16 BUFFALO (from Minnesota) – Steven Santini
D, 6’2", 207 lbs. (USA U-18 Team)
Named best defenseman at the IIHF U18 World Championship (past winners include Brent Seabrook, Erik Karlsson, Ryan Suter, Kevin Shattenkirk, Adam Larsson, and Cam Fowler), Santini’s well-rounded skill set helps solidify the Sabres’ future defensive core. The draft is all about projecting players three-to-five years down the road, and the right-handed Boston College commit already stands out with his impressive skating, open-ice hitting and keen shutdown acumen.

Personally, I would be just fine with this since Baker has Valeri Nichushkin and Rasmus Ristolainen going off the board at #5 and #7 respectively. Lindholm sounds like another Johan Larsson and Santini sounds like a project, but one that could turn into a future right handed Ryan McDonagh.

Sure I'd love to come away with Jonathan Druin, but those types of moves just don't happen very often.

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