Buffalo Sabres 2018 Draft Review and Development Camp Updates

marcusgriep

2018-07-04

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31 in 31 Series, July: Buffalo Sabres

 

Draft Review

 

The Sabres had an active draft, as expected, but the main and obvious prize was the elite Swede Rasmus Dahlin. The Sabres had a few goals coming in to the draft, lining up with their young core. Jack Eichel, Alex Nylander and Casey Mittelstadt are obvious young forwards that have locked down the future up front for the Sabres, however their defensive pool lacked some strength at the back end. Obviously Dahlin helps, but they also used most of their picks to fill out the depth of their back end.

 

Another goal was to add some beef to the prospect pool, and they did so through Samuelsson and Pekar, two hard-nosed players that have added a harder shell to the core. The Sabres made one trade, getting rid of their 2018 sixth for Toronto’s 2019 sixth, a move which seems lateral, if nothing backwards considering they held the worst record in the NHL this year, however the draft next year could be viewed as a deeper class, so this trade could get a pass.

 

Round 1 – D Rasmus Dahlin (1st Overall)

 

Obviously the unanimous number one choice here for the Sabres, just the complete package, and guaranteed No. 1 defenseman. From the young age of 16 we could all see his offensive prowess and skill through many international tournaments and games. Playing in the Swedish top tier of hockey with guys double his age, some even old enough to be his dad, Rasmus showed not only his ability to dominate offensively through his incredible skating, slick hands, all seeing vision, and puck rushing skills, but also his solid defensive two-way game which is an incredible asset