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Introducing the Buffalo Sabres 2020 Draft Class

Round 1 (8th overall)

Jack Quinn (Right Wing)

Column: Jack Quinn made a name for himself with 52 goals, and Sabres need offense | Buffalo Sabres News | buffalonews.com

With the eighth overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, the Buffalo Sabres select Jack Quinn. Listening to experts, the Sabres got the best goal scorer in the draft. While playing for the Ottawa 67’s (OHL), Quinn had great numbers during the 2020 season. In 62 games played, he scored 52 goals and registered 37 assists, adding up to 89 points. I like this pick for the Sabres. Even though a majority of the fanbase wanted Marco Rossi, I think Quinn will be a solid player for the organization. In his scouting report, it says, “He’s always manipulating opposing defencemen as a puck-carrier, baiting a response, and then threading the puck through the opening this sequence created. Quinn can get a ten-bell shot off on either foot, and he deploys a wide array of release points to ensure that the puck gets through any manner of situations.”

Round 2 (34th overall)

John-Jason Peterka (Right Wing)

John-Jason Peterka - 2020 NHL Draft Prospect Profile

In his scouting report, it states, “His unrelenting motor is a force multiplier in every zone. He’s hard on every puck. He’s an eager, willing combatant in board battles. He’s violent, disruptive, a real pain in the ass. He’ll make second and third efforts where other players generally relent. He’s rarely, if ever stationary, constantly scanning the ice when the puck isn’t on his stick.” According to Die By The Blade, Peterka only registered 11 points in 42 games played with EHC Munchen (DEL), scoring only seven goals and getting four assists. For a 17 year old playing in a men’s league, those are hard numbers to put up.

 

Round 5 (130th overall)

Matteo Constantine (Center)

Stats with Princeton High School (2018-2019 season):

0 goals, 1 assist

Round 7 (192nd overall)

Albert Lyckasen (Defenseman)

Buffalo Sabres select Swedish defenseman Albert Lyckasen in Seventh Round of 2020 NHL Draft - Die By The Blade

Scouting report: “He’s got great edge work and four-way mobility. He wants the puck on his stick. He wants to lead the puck up-ice. He wants to quarterback the power play. He wants the puck back as soon as his team has lost possession. And he plays like it. He’s got such a great gravitational pull with the puck, which creates so much extra space for his teammates every time he’s on the ice.” According to The Hockey Writers, Lyckasen scored 14 goals and registered 22 assists (36 points) with Linköping of the Swedish U20 SuperElit league. He is also described as a puck moving defenseman.

Round 7 (215th overall)

Jakub Konecny (Left Wing)

According to WGR 550, the Sabres drafted left winger Jakub Konecny with their final pick in the 2020 NHL Draft. In Praha Slavia (Czech) junior program, scoring four goals and got nine assists (13 points) last season.

Overall, I think the Sabres had a pretty good draft. With that being said, they will look to improve the team in free agency which begins on Friday.

Thanks to Elite Prospects for more stats and the scouting reports.

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