#13 might seem like a blah slot, but with names like Luc Bourdon, Alex Bourret, Guillaume Latendrasse, Ryan Parent, Jack Skille, Marc Staal, and Chris Durand floating in the region, I'm actually excited about it. I've never claimed to be a draft expert, but these names and abilities seem intriguing to me. There's no reason to be upset about where we landed in the lottery. It is what it is and it's time to move forward. I'm psyched about the draft..and about hockey.
Wow. I'm surprised they have Skille falling all the way to 23rd. Maybe I overrate the guy but if he's available for us, I wouldn't be upset if we grabbed him. However, I think we'll lean towards a Center in the 1st round and a defenseman in the 2nd. Bourret would be a great pick IMO. He reminds me of a Martin St. Louis.
I'd be happy with any of the guys FauxSports has listed 12-17 (Hanzal, Bourret, Rask, Bergfors, Latendresse). Out of those though, I'd probably have Hanzal or Bergfors above the others, though Latendresse has some serious potential. Other than that, I wouldn't mind if we reached on Pavelec, Kindl, or Korhonen. The more I read about Korhonen, I think he would be an interesting pick but I don't know if I'd waste the #13 on him.
I'd be wary of Zagrapan if he fell to #13...sounds alot like Connolly from what I've read. I don't want Bourdon either.
Maybe pigs will fly and Kopitar will fall to 13 ?
Some 2nd round names I'd love for them to pick, though : Nate Hagemo, Alexander Hellstrom (Tallinder all over again?), Juraj Mikus, Viatcheslav Trukhno, or Kristopher Letang.
Hagemo sticks out in my mind most because I honestly think he's a top 5 talent if he was 2-3 inches taller. He's the complete package - intense, gritty, great skater, great hockey sense, and has leadership qualities. I'd be more excited about snagging him in the 2nd round than almost anyone in the 1st round.
Does anyone think we'll pick Taylor Pyatt's brother in Tom Pyatt? HF rank him 19th in their OHL list. They seem to think he has an impressive work ethic over his brother, has skill, good at penalty killing and is dominant at faceoffs.
so pittsburgh is going to build that new arena after all. hopefully the jumbo tron doesn't fall on them too.
other then the first pick, i though Kopitar or ryan would have been deadly playing with vanek. right now i have good feelings about stafford and like everyone else, i would like to find a center with play making ability. perhaps this is just not our draft for that? I have a feeling crosby has blown this draft up in all respects.
right now im looking toward Martin Hanzal.
the sabres have needed a skilled center with size.
my wish list is all offense for the first round
1) Martin Hanzal
3) Alex Bourret
4) Ryan O'Marra
9) Setoguchi shouldn't get any further...
Do you guys think we'd have a chance to snag Risto Korhonen in the 2nd round? He'd be a huge reach at #13, but I don't think he'll be available by the time we pick in the 2nd round. Kinda sucks though, I think he could develop into a really solid Dman.
• This is a guess, but I'll say the Sabres will select defenseman Marc Staal with the 13th pick overall. Staal has been listed among the top 10 prospects by some scouting services, but others see him going later. His brother, Eric, is a budding star for Carolina. Keep an eye on left wing Jack Skille, who played with the U.S. under-18 team and is headed for the University of Wisconsin.
Damn, Latendresse sits at #53 on CSB's final NA skaters list. This is actually an upgrade over his last ranking in the 60's. If he lasts until the Sabres second round pick, I think they have to take him. We could use that size and potential up front. I'm resigned to Staal (unlikely), Parent or Lee at 13. I still love Bourret's wrecking ball style of play, but we have that already in Paille. They'd be great paired up with a Thorburn, Kaleta, Gaustad type in the future though.
He's the kind of pick I like at #13. There's a chance to hit a homerun with this kid. I'm sick of the Sabres going for players that are considered "safe" when it invariably turns out they become busts just as frequently as the so called high risk picks.
Another dman I really like is Kitchener's Matt Lashoff. He hasn't had the best of luck with illness (mono) and injury (concussion), but he could easily turn out to be the best of the bunch after Jack Johnson. He has the tools and temperament to be another Derek Morris who was also considered a big reach at #13.