Tonawanda News


June 27, 2013

Sabres bid to deal up in NHL draft stalled


Tonawanda News — This will mark the second consecutive draft in which the Sabres will have two first-round selections. Last year, they drafted centers Mikhail Grigorenko and Zemgus Girgensons with the 12th and 14th picks, after acquiring an additional first-round selection in a trade that sent Paul Gaustad to Nashville.

The Sabres have numerous needs to address, and haven't ruled out selecting a goalie in the first two rounds.

Trade or no trade, Kevin Devine, the Sabres director of amateur scouting, is confident the Sabres will come away winners.

"At eight and 16, I don't think anybody's got picks like that," Devine said. "The depth of the draft, we're still going to get two very good players that will add to an already good young base."

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