It's already public knowledge that the Sabres selected 6'7" defenseman Tyler Myers with their first pick and they chose smallish Center Tyler Ennis with their second pick in the first round. Since I spent the evening at the Buffalo Sabrres Draft party with my three-year old daughter I was unable to write anything about the picks earlier.
The Sabres had been rumored to be involved in many trade scenarios but they seen Olli Jokkinen go to Phoenix, Alex Tanguay go to Montreal and Mike Cammillerri head to Calgary without being involved in any of those deals. They did however manage to ship off a third round pick next season to move up one spot in the first round. It's hard to argue with the move however knowing that they were able to grab Tyler Myers with the 12th pick overall. He was ranked #4 amongst North American skaters by Central scouting.
The pick of Ennis at number 26 was a little bit more curious but he absolutely fits the mold of a Sabres player. It has been said that he patterns his game after Daniel Briere and Martin St. Louis, look no further Sabres fans we may have the replacement for Briere. The pick was a little bit curious because the Sabres appear to have a couple of players similar already among their prospects, Paul Byron played this past season with the Gatineau Olympique and of course Nathan Gerbe just recently signed after winning the Frozen Four with Boston College. It's hard to argue with the logic of picking another player that fits the mold of what Buffalo has done the past couple of seasons.
The draft resumes again tomorrow...err this morning at 9:30am and will be streaming at NHL.com. I probably won't be around but I will break down every pick individually tomorrow night when I get home. Enjoy the draft and the weather this weekend. Feel free to put up a fanpost or fanshot when the Sabres make their selections tomorrow.
I guess since the Sabres had a specific theme to the draft picking two players that have the same first name we can try to guess their selections tomorrow...
- Tyler Barnes- Wing from Burnsville High School in Minnesota
- Tyler Gron- Center from Fort McMurray of the AJHL
- Tyler Schmidt- Defense from Tri-City
- Tyler Beskorowany- Goalie from Owen Sound
- and if they forget how to spell maybe...Taylor Stefishen- Left Wing from Langley of the BCHL
I'm obviously kidding but the Sabres do have five more picks left tomorrow unless they add or subtract more via trade. There is still a real possibility that Max Afinogenov will dealt tomorrow so stay tuned.