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Buffalo Sabres draft Brendan Guhle with pick 51

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The Sabres draft a defenseman in the second round to help refill the organizational pipeline.

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With the 51st pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, the Buffalo Sabres have selected defenseman Brendan Guhle from Prince Albert in the WHL.

Guhle (pronounced GOO-lee) fills a big need in the Sabres pipeline not only as a big, physical defenseman, but as a left-handed shot. He stands at 6'2'' and plays a big physical game - not necessarily by trucking guy on the ice, but more that he's built like a truck. He tied Jack Eichel at the combine with seven top-10 finishes in various events, and while he isn't afraid to hit someone or fight, he still has room to grow into his sizable frame.

But he's not just a physical specimen. Guhle is a smooth skater, something that's becoming a must-have attribute for a top-4 defenseman. He put up 5 goals and 27 assists in 72 games last year for Prince Albert, and will be taking on a bigger role with the team this year.

Guhle is from the same hometown as Mark Pysyk, which gives him a nice in with the organization. In an interview last month, he described his game as "A defencemen that joins the rush, creates scoring chances, and plays against the other team's top line and is strong in the D zone".

What the scouts are saying:

Future Considerations

Brendan Guhle really has it all as a prospect. He's absolutely an elite skater with a long, fluid and effortless stride. His offensive toolbox is raw but packed with everything you need while his defensive ability is also coming along. I do have lingering questions about his general hockey sense at times but considering the tough minutes he faced in Prince Albert this year, he didn't do too bad.

Elite Prospects

A heads-up defenseman who can really take a beating and dish it out as well. Built like a tank; grueling play doesn't phase him. Calm, collected, and poised with the puck; great body and stick positioning without the puck. Reliable at both ends of the ice and can be trusted with a hefty amount of ice time. All-in-all, a defenseman who strives to be difficult to play against, consistently, with and without the puck.

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