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2010 NHL Draft First Round Open Thread

I didn't do nearly as much coverage as I had hoped I would for the NHL Draft and now Draft day has arrived. In the SB Nation mock draft we selected Dylan McIlrath, a big-bodied mean kid from Winnipeg. McIlrath has developed into quite the player and he might not last until 23 if teams are looking for a mean defenseman. 

This seems like as good a time as any to give you a top five list of players I would take with the 23 pick if they are available. I will label them in order but please don't hold it against me, if I am incorrect. Last season we recommended  Zack Kassian as the Sabres top pick and the Sabres brass came through, I find it unlikely they will do it two seasons in a row.

Top Five Choices at #23


  1. Dylan McIlrath - Defense (Moose Jaw Warriors)
  2. Austin Watson -  Left Wing (Peterborough Petes)
  3. Riley Sheahan - Center (Notre Dame Fighting Irish)
  4. Tyler Pitlick - Center (Minnesota State)
  5. Jared Tinordi - Defense (U-18 USNTDP)
There is a slight chance that none of these players will be available when the Sabres select. Let me know your choices for the Buffalo Sabres and lets talk some hockey on a warm Friday night.

You can also follow along with our Buffalo Sabres draft tracker here.