Pretty perfect for SJ. I'd prefer Lehkonen to Buchnevich in real life just because of the transfer factor, but in theory this is fairly perfect. 4 high-upside boom-bust kids. If they can get two of them to work out, they're pretty set.
The rest of the draft seems very good too. The only outstanding issue seems to be Theodore falling that far.
Just about the worst possible combination of players the Sabres could come away with at #8 and #16. They would take Risto, Nurse and Horvat before they would take Shinkaruk. At #16 they would take literally anyone you have from 16-30 before they would take Fucale.
I hate this draft for Buffalo. That top-7 is certainly Buffalo's worst-case scenario. I can't see the Sabres picking Shinkaruk at 8. If the board breaks that way, I think they go with Nurse or Ristolainen. Amateur scouting director Kevin Devine has stated that while Jones is the top of the defensemen class, there's not a huge dropoff to Nurse, Ristolainen, and Zadorov. Thus, I think they'd grab either Nurse or Ristolainen at 8. Also, I don't see them picking Fucale at 16. If they did want Fucale, I think they'd trade back 3-4 spots and then pick him. If the board broke this way, I think they'd grab a big body for the wing in Erne/Rychel/Zykov.
If Santini is on the board at 38, he'd be a great pick--many who watch the Sabres' prospects think they're considering Santini at 16. At 52, I'd prefer local boy Justin Bailey.
-I'd rather have picks #26-29 over Gauthier.
-If a team drafts Subban in the 2nd, I'll laugh.
-I'd prefer McCoshen over Petan.
-Klimchuck is good, I'd also consider Dauphin at that point.
-I'd be good with Kuja as well.
if Monahan is gone at #7, i wouldn't be surprised one bit to see the Oilers take Bo Horvat, and i support this move. the Oilers are looking for support players and not necessarily top 6, unless Nichuskin falls to them. if they don't get Monahan, Nurse, Horvat or Nichuskin, the Oil will likely trade the pick outright for some D help or grinders up front, or they'll trade down and try to get a roster player.
bang on at #37 with Jarry. a desire to upgrade the goaltending in the system with a better quality goalie would make this pick logical, though they could take large and tough Michael McCarron if he's still there.