Tonawanda News — The Sabres could have as many as two first-round and three second-round selections in this year's draft. The Sabres also have a solid group of prospects in their farm system. They include defensemen Rasmus Ristolainen and Nikita Zadorov, who were both drafted in the first round in June.
Murray has a solid track record as a talent evaluator, and has had input in numerous personnel decisions during his previous stops in Detroit, Florida, Anaheim and the New York Rangers. In Anaheim, he had a hand in the Ducks selecting future star forwards Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry in the first round of the 2003 draft.
"I would consider myself somewhat aggressive," Murray said of his philosophy. "I don't think it takes you two days to make a decision or two weeks to make a decision."
That's a departure from the conservative approach the Sabres took under Regier, who was criticized for being overly cautious when it came to shaking up his roster. Murray's decisiveness and directness is what owner Terry Pegula was seeking in his new GM.
As for Patrick, Pegula has been a long-time fan of the executive he first got to know in Pittsburgh.
"Craig's a smart man," Pegula said. "He's probably forgotten more than most people know about hockey."