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Recapping the Buffalo Sabres Draft Weekend

The NHL Draft has come and gone. NHL fans are expecting the Buffalo Sabres to be very busy this offseason. General manager Kevyn Adams did not waste any time as he traded two players who were expected to not come back next season. I’ll get to those players in a bit but I wanted to give a quick recap of who they drafted. Here’s what the Buffalo Sabres did during the weekend of the NHL Draft.

Draft Picks

So obviously, the headline in this draft class was defenseman Owen Power. However, the Sabres selected a couple players that stood out to me. First up was their second first round selection, Isak Rosen. Buffalo was able to select Rosen thanks to a trade the Sabres made before the draft which I will get to in a bit.The Swedish forward has been given some praise, as he has been compared to Mitch Marner and Patrick Kane.

You can see the rest of the draft class above but the other selection that caught my eye was forward Prokhor Poltapov. Scouts and analysts think this could be a potential steal for the Sabres because he has first round potential. Don’t believe me? Check out this beautiful goal he scored.

Trades

Let’s talk about the two trades Buffalo made over the weekend. Before the draft, Buffalo traded away a name that has been on the trading block for a few years now. Defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for defenseman Robert Hagg, the 14th pick in this years draft and a second round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft.

Forward Sam Reinhart also got traded. Buffalo sent Reinhart to the Florida Panthers in exchange for goaltender Devon Levi and a first round pick in next years draft. For Hagg, he scored 2 goals and registered 3 assists in 34 games played last season according to NHL.com. Levi is considered to be a goalie prospect with high hopes, so we’ll see what his future brings.

Final Thoughts

I’ll be honest with you, it sucks losing Rasmus and Sammy. Both of them gave it their all every night and it’s unfortunate it didn’t work out for them here. I wish them nothing but the best but as for the Sabres, I have a feeling those trades won’t be the last.

(Featured image credit to 15 Minute News).

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