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Buffalo Sabres NHL Draft Preparation

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The 2010 NHL draft is just over two weeks away and it will come and go without many people paying attention. The NHL draft does not get the same coverage as the NFL draft but us die hard fans will be glued to the television, wondering if any of these players will ever see the ice in Buffalo. We have no intention of competing with the impressive preview done at Sabres Prospects.com but we will offer the cliff's notes version over the next couple of weeks.

Over the next couple of days we will take a look at some of the possible picks for the Buffalo Sabres and as the draft draws nearer, we will be a part of the SB Nation mock draft. Last season we endorsed Zack Kassian as the Sabres pick and on draft night, the Sabres made that a reality. We'll see if we can go two-for-two by making the correct selection this season.

Click here for a list of the Sabres draft selections this season.

We'll start you off with a look at the Sabres prospect depth chart and possible needs in the draft.

LW C RW
Nathan Gerbe 0.85 Tyler Ennis 0.875 Zack Kassian WIN
Luke Adam 0.6875 Paul Byron 0.545 Corey Tropp Mich St.
Jacob Lagace 0.545 OHL Felix Schutz 0.556 Justin Jokinen Minn. St.
Marcus Foligno SUD Travis Turnbull 0.51
Phillip Gogulla RFA Marek Zagrapan RFA
D D
Mike Weber RFA Mike Kostka RFA
Marc-Andre Gragnani RFA Alex Biega 0.515
Nick Crawford 0.555 Matt Generous RFA
Brayden McNabb KTY WHL Mark Adams PRO NCAA
TJ Brennan 0.638 Corey Fienhage KAM WHL
Drew Schiestel 0.571
Drew MacKenzie UV NCAA
Slava Buravchikov KHL KHL
Dennis Persson 0.735
G
Jhonas Enroth 0.685
J.P. Lamoureaux RFA
Connor Knapp Mia - OH NCAA
Brad Eidsness UND NCAA
Nick Eno BGU NCAA

 

Needs

The Sabres seem to be set for years with prospects between the pipes. Jhonas Enroth is expected to become a starting NHL goalie and has the potential to be an impact player in the NHL. Connor Knapp and Brad Eidsness both had impressive seasons in the NCAA this season and are still a couple years away from turning pro.

There are plenty of defensemen in the pipeline but there is a lack of right-handed defensemen. This could be a direction the team will go if the right guy is available at the 23 pick.

The most glaring need for the Sabres is size at the forward position. The Sabres have made an effort to get bigger over the past couple of years and I expect more of the same this season. 

I would love to hear your thoughts on the Sabres potential draft picks, or you can wait until we post our profiles.