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01-16-2013, 02:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Zip15 View Post
I made a list of names I could decipher at the Sabres' draft combine in Episode 1, along with the round they were picked, overall pick number, and team that selected them:

Slater Koekkoek, defenseman (1st, #10 overall, Tampa Bay)
Mitchell Heard, center (2nd, #41 overall, Colorado)
Theo Blueger, center (2nd, #52 overall, Pittsburgh)
Cristoval “Boo” Nieves, forward (2nd, #59 overall, NY Rangers)
Daniel Altshuller, goaltender (3rd, #69 overall, Carolina)
Mattia Marcantuoni, center (4th, #92 overall, Pittsburgh)
Cedric Paquette, center (4th, #101 overall, Tampa Bay)
Dom Toninato, forward (5th, #126 overall, Toronto)
Linus Ullmark, goaltender (6th, #163 overall, Buffalo)
Brady Austin, defenseman (7th, #193, Buffalo)

Others who went undrafted:
Frederic Roy, now plays for the Amerks
Scott Diebold, a Cheektowaga kid who plays goaltender at RPI
Matthew Lane, a Rochester kid, and brother of Phil Lane; Matthew currently plays at BU
Alex Gudbranson, a defenseman for Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)

It's fun to look at some of these guys and imagine what they may have been thinking at the time. For instance, many thought Koekkoek would be picked around the late-teens or early-20s. They may have been considering him for #21 if they could only get one of Grigs or Girgs.

The Blueger/Heard/Nieves trio may have been the 2nd round backup plan at the center position if they didn't get both Grigorenko and Girgensons. They may have been considering Marcantuoni and Paquette as 3rd rounders, but liked Kea better.

And it seems quite clear they wanted a goaltender in this draft, and got one in Ullmark, though he may have been (at best) their second choice to Altshuller, who went in the 3rd to the Canes.
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