2ND OVERALL Leon Draisaitl
Ht/Wt:6’ 1"/208 lbs
Team: Prince Albert (WHL)
Surprise! The Sabres keep to Motto, of Getting "Bigger, Stronger and Faster. The Sabres will get their 1st line center nest year in Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel. Leon Draisaitl will be an awsome winger for years to come withe either of thoose two.
German import who is his second season in the "dub" adjusting to the North American style, which his seems tailor-made for his big-framed offensively aggressive style. Not a fighter or pounder, but plays to his size as offensive playmaking centre-wing. He will strat as a centre but may find time as a wing. Displays good balance and plays strong on the puck. A good set-up man who also can quickly get off the puck too. He may need to continue improving his speed and add strength to make even bigger impact. A North-South skater who does have decent stick-handling skills. He is tall and will get thicker. Projects as a top ten pick early on. He was selected to the roster for the World Junior Under-18 Tournament in April, 2013.
17th Philadelphia trades Chris Pronger and 17th pick to Buffalo Sabres for Christian Ehrhoff and 2015 2nd rnd pick
ht/wt: 6'0 172 lbs postion LW (WHL) Saskatoon
Virtual unknown, who came over to the WHL via the import draft without high importance or consideration by the higher ups in his Native Russian, where he had never considered as a player for their international competition teams. A tall and bigger framed forward, far from a finished product, but one that moves well, has a good stick, and good touch,and displays high IQ offensive attack savvy. True top end puck skills, and outstanding touch as he passes the puck. Shows a willingness to get to the front and has no anxiety in the battle zones. Raw sleeper who may catch the eye of an NHL team fairly early.
25TH TRADE Boston Bruins trade Marc Savard (Cap Relief) and pick 25 to Buffalo Sabres for pick 49
Ht/Wt:6’ 0"/200 lbs
Team: Red Deer (WHL)
PP centreman who already is physically developed and displays a knack when he has the puck on his stick. Not the quickest player, but does move powerfully when he keeps the legs moving. He is a nice player, just not one that explodes as a top flight offensive prospect. He could, though, develop into a shutdown forward. Can use his size to his advantage on the opposition. Needs to improve his stop/starts, and continue to the defensive commitment and his play away from the puck that his Coach Brent Sutter has instilled. Makes good passes. Has a heavy shot but needs to improve his release time. He must spend more time moving his legs instead of coasting and waiting for things to happen in both the offensive and defensive zones.
31st. Thatcher Demko
Ht/Wt:6’ 3" 190 lbs
Team USNTDP (USHL)
Bigger netminder with good lateral movement and down low pad work. Has a strong glove, poise, excellnet athleticism. Developing player who looks to have a pretty good chance of getting his name called fairly early.
61st Joshua Jacobs
Ht/Wt: 6’ 2" 196 lbs
A promising two way defender with size and presence. Already displays pro-like decisions and coolness. Has a long reach, and is already functionally strong. Can be the first man due to his smooth powerful quickness and puck carrying abilities. Can really let the puck go. The bonsus is he is difficult to go around on dee, and is a punishing checker whose balance lets him stay in the play after a devastating hit. Much to like about him. Was named to the U.S. World Junior A roster for the Junior A Challenge.
121st Sergei Stetsenko
Ht/Wt: 6’ 2.25" 187 lbs
CSKA-Krasnaja Armija Moskva (MHL)
Physical dplayer in the VHL who is an aggressive defender. Plays more of a stay-at-home game, but understands the offensive side. Far from a polished player, but already plays with an edge. On April 18, 2013, the IIHF Directorate Disciplinary Panel has issued a two-game suspension from the first two games of the IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship to him for a check from behind on Viktor Rydberg during an exhibition game against Sweden. He is a big aggressive defender with mobility and strong physicality. NHL teams passed on his in the 2013 Draft.
151st Vitek Vanecek
Ht/Wt:6’ 1" 180 lbs
Liberec White Tigers (Czech)
Goalie for the Silver medal winning Czech Republic team at the U-18 World Championship where he displayed composure and great confidence as he went post to post and battled to steal games as he lead his team by example. Needs work, but already has glove hand, good technical positioning and excellent lateral movement.
181st Dominic Turgeon
Ht/Wt:6’ 1.25" 196 lbs
Another long term developmental player with great bloodlines. His father Pierre, was the consummate pro. Has size and ability but didn’t show strong game until the Western League playoffs. Was named to the USA Developmental team playing in the Ivan Hlinka Tournament.
Sabres keep Stockpiling Defenceman this year, pull two trades and still get three Forwards that can play next year. TM Gm likes drafting goaltenders to throwing darts so adding two more after trading Jhonas Enroth makes more of a chance we find a number1 and if we have two or more that can play in the NHL, Even better. They can be traded.
profiles by Bill Placzek—