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Buffalo Sabres Peparing for NHL Draft in Hopes of Returning to Being Relevant

May 10th, 2014 at 2:07 PM
By Anthony Custode Jr

While the excitement of the NFL draft consuming sports fans this weekend, the Buffalo Sabres continue to work toward rebuilding their roster as they prepare for the NHL draft.

'Marcus Foligno!' photo (c) 2012, Dave Meleca - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

The Sabres will select No. 2 overall when the draft begins on June 27, despite having the worst record in the league last season. The Sabres were snubbed the No. 1 pick in the draft lottery when the Florida Panthers were randomly selected to jump ahead of Buffalo to pick at the No. 1 slot.

The Sabres seem to have an eye for bigger players, which could be the type that they target when the draft comes around. The Sabres already had Tyler Myers and Marcus Foligno on their roster this season, and acquired Chris Stewart and Nicholas Deslaurier at the trade deadline last season. These bigger players are what the Sabres hope to be a compliment to their their smaller players like Cory Conacher and Tyler Ennis.

If this year's playoffs are any indication of what it takes to be successful in the NHL, the Sabres would be on the right track if they decided to get bigger, talented players. The Western Conference alone is stacked with larger talent and seems significantly stronger than many teams in the East. If the Sabres follow this model, they would be making the statement that they are willing to play a more West coast style in hopes of returning to relevance in the NHL.

Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Sabres, Hockey, NHL

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