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#1 Icehole

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 09:33 AM

I thought after reading this article about Sam Reinhart and links to lists of other prospects it is not to early to start speculating.

Given the likely condition of the Buffalo Sabres next year to start following these guys and getting a sense of what might fit next year's draft.

Lets hope the Sabres qualify for a high draft pick or picks depending on Miller and Vanek's situations.

http://www.nhl.com/i...id=nhl:topheads

http://www.nhl.com/i...s.htm?id=677279

http://www.nhl.com/i...s.htm?id=677281

Edited by North Buffalo, 10 July 2013 - 06:36 PM.


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Posted 10 July 2013 - 09:35 AM

I like the enthusiasm and a good post but it is too early for me to start thinking about this. I am still burnt out from the last draft.

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 09:36 AM

Trying to stay positive.  P.S. Sneaky Pete's son Dominic is eligible and so is Daniel Audette, Donald Audette's son.

Edited by North Buffalo, 10 July 2013 - 09:38 AM.


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Posted 10 July 2013 - 09:44 AM

View PostNorth Buffalo, on 10 July 2013 - 09:36 AM, said:

Trying to stay positive.  P.S. Sneaky Pete's son Dominic is eligible and so is Daniel Audette, Donald Audette's son.
Kris Baker wrote this, this morning... There are quite a few young quality wingers in this draft. Young meaning mid to late 96b-days.
http://www.sabrespro...draft-crop.html

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 11:20 AM

So, we've already written off the 2013-2014 season and have gone straight to next years draft.  Sounds about right.  (Less suffering that way...)

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 11:30 AM

View PostSabre Dance, on 10 July 2013 - 11:20 AM, said:

So, we've already written off the 2013-2014 season and have gone straight to next years draft.  Sounds about right.  (Less suffering that way...)

:lol:
I was going to wait til the all star break... I am burnt out on draft talk for a bit

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 12:01 PM

View PostSabre Dance, on 10 July 2013 - 11:20 AM, said:

So, we've already written off the 2013-2014 season and have gone straight to next years draft.  Sounds about right.  (Less suffering that way...)

:lol:

I have, didn't you read above and below my Avatar... :P

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 12:19 PM

View PostSabre Dance, on 10 July 2013 - 11:20 AM, said:

So, we've already written off the 2013-2014 season and have gone straight to next years draft.  Sounds about right.  (Less suffering that way...)

:lol:

The Sabres have successfully set my expectations. I'm tried of seeing teams that are OK and never get top-5 draft picks. I'm fully on-board with a horrible season and some high picks.

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 12:53 PM

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 04:23 PM

Additional information on 2014 prospects from the USHL:

http://www.ushl.com/...hp?news_id=1875

And Here is the NHL futures list reported on the USHL website:

NHL Futures List

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 10:05 PM

View PostNorth Buffalo, on 10 July 2013 - 09:33 AM, said:

I thought after reading this article about Sam Reinhart and links to lists of other prospects it is not to early to start speculating.

It is early and some things may change, but i have a hard time believing this stance will change for the Sabres: Sam Reinhart or Leon Draisaitl or bust.
Draisaitl

Edited by Vanek-Man, 12 July 2013 - 10:05 PM.


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Posted 12 July 2013 - 10:51 PM

View PostLGR4GM, on 10 July 2013 - 09:44 AM, said:

Kris Baker wrote this, this morning... There are quite a few young quality wingers in this draft. Young meaning mid to late 96b-days.
http://www.sabrespro...draft-crop.html

Man I am getting old

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 01:10 AM

View PostNorth Buffalo, on 10 July 2013 - 09:36 AM, said:

Trying to stay positive.  P.S. Sneaky Pete's son Dominic is eligible and so is Daniel Audette, Donald Audette's son.

Donald Audette's SON???

My gosh, I must be old. I remember getting Audette's autograph when I was a kid and he was a prospect with Rochester.

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 12:26 PM

Just an update on the 2014 class TSN.ca posted this yesterday: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=431088

The actual list; http://www.tsn.ca/dr...ature/?id=49649

Edited by North Buffalo, 04 September 2013 - 12:30 PM.


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Posted 04 September 2013 - 01:18 PM

View PostNorth Buffalo, on 04 September 2013 - 12:26 PM, said:

Just an update on the 2014 class TSN.ca posted this yesterday: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=431088

The actual list; http://www.tsn.ca/dr...ature/?id=49649

I like Juniors and I get to watch a bit of it here and there. Holy shnikees, this draft is going to be weak!

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Posted 18 September 2013 - 06:30 PM

Latest Beecher Reports on 2014 Draft:  Take it for what it is worth:

http://bleacherrepor...ext-years-class
http://bleacherrepor...efore-next-june
http://bleacherrepor...-2014-nhl-draft
http://bleacherrepor...-2014-nhl-draft

And TSN's latest ranking:  http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=432056

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Posted 19 September 2013 - 12:06 PM

Addition info from TSN:  http://www.tsn.ca/dr...ature/?id=31165

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 07:20 AM

Update on 2014 Draft:  TSN profiling Bennet: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=433634

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 07:52 AM

Well if the start is any indication we could draft fairly high... of course we have been known to go on late season runs to nowhere.  Anyways, Reinhart and Bennett I find very interesting and Bennett is growing on me.  He plays in the OHL, his b-day is june 06 versus Reinharts Nov 05.  He could stand to add some weight but again he is 17 so that will come.  He has a good size for an NHL center at 6ft... we shall wait and watch with this guy.


Next player I am interested in is Jake Virtanen... Virtanen is a "physically punishing forward who skates really well," reports Placzek (Scout). "He goes to the net with abandon, and scores a lot inside the circles."  This kid is 6'1" 191lbs and currently project to be around in the 2nd round... but when you could add a center in the 2nd who could be Foligno like... well then that might be worth doing.

Finally Leon Draisaitl


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Posted 09 October 2013 - 08:07 AM

View PostLGR4GM, on 09 October 2013 - 07:52 AM, said:

Well if the start is any indication we could draft fairly high... of course we have been known to go on late season runs to nowhere.  Anyways, Reinhart and Bennett I find very interesting and Bennett is growing on me.  He plays in the OHL, his b-day is june 06 versus Reinharts Nov 05.  He could stand to add some weight but again he is 17 so that will come.  He has a good size for an NHL center at 6ft... we shall wait and watch with this guy.


Next player I am interested in is Jake Virtanen... Virtanen is a "physically punishing forward who skates really well," reports Placzek (Scout). "He goes to the net with abandon, and scores a lot inside the circles."  This kid is 6'1" 191lbs and currently project to be around in the 2nd round... but when you could add a center in the 2nd who could be Foligno like... well then that might be worth doing.

Finally Leon Draisaitl


Is it All-Star weekend already? That was quick.

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 08:24 AM

View Postsicknfla, on 09 October 2013 - 08:07 AM, said:

Is it All-Star weekend already? That was quick.
Lol, no All Star weekend this year but I am finally ready to start looking at prospects again.  Reinhart is most likely going to be the #1 guy this year.  It looks to be the year of Scoring Wingers and most of those guys have decent size.  Should be interesting going forward but not much to get super excited about yet.  Should really start getting interesting in January when midterm rankings come out. Those are usually 1-2 spots away from final rankings and should give us a good idea of where these guys stack up.

Also keep and eye on Jared McCann... his compete is something I love and scouts say he is much better than his last season stat line suggests.

O and 1 more note about this draft, several of the top guys are young (late 96 b-days) and that means that they may turn into better players than we could imagine considering their youth.

Example from last draft: Risto Oct 94 v. Zadorov April 95.  My guess is that if Zadorov had 6 more months of play he could have possibly been drafted higher than Risto and may actually turn into the better player.

Edited by LGR4GM, 09 October 2013 - 08:26 AM.


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Posted 09 October 2013 - 08:30 AM

Meh. I want one of those once in a generation, transcendent players.

Or two.

Seems we have enough Reinhardt types already.

GO SABRES!!!

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 08:36 AM

O idk, Reinhart has some good stuff that would improve this team


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Posted 09 October 2013 - 09:02 AM

View PostLGR4GM, on 09 October 2013 - 08:36 AM, said:

O idk, Reinhart has some good stuff that would improve this team


No doubt he has a lot to offer. I just want my Perreault, Gretzky, Lemieux, or Crosby.

Is that asking too much?

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 09:08 AM

View PostK-9, on 09 October 2013 - 09:02 AM, said:

No doubt he has a lot to offer. I just want my Perreault, Gretzky, Lemieux, or Crosby.

Is that asking too much?

GO SABRES!!!
Which is precisely why I wanted the Sabres to tank this past season. It was a short season, we knew we sucked, the draft was fantastic, and it had generational talent available as late as 3-4th pick.

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Posted 14 October 2013 - 08:06 AM

Article on Sam Reinhart: http://www.nhl.com/i...s.htm?id=685953

It sounds as if Sam is a very mature player with good 2way instincts and a high hockey sense.  Sounds like the blue chip guy we all want to be honest. He won't dazzle you but he will work hard every shift and get things done.  Last season he had 35g and 50a in the WHL.  Currently this season he has 5g 11a and is tied for 2nd in points in the league.  He has a Nov 95 birthday so he will be one of the older players at this draft.

I should add that Reinhart has 7g 14a for 21points in 10 games... the article is a few days old.

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Posted 14 October 2013 - 06:57 PM

View PostLGR4GM, on 14 October 2013 - 08:06 AM, said:

Article on Sam Reinhart: http://www.nhl.com/i...s.htm?id=685953

It sounds as if Sam is a very mature player with good 2way instincts and a high hockey sense.  Sounds like the blue chip guy we all want to be honest. He won't dazzle you but he will work hard every shift and get things done.  Last season he had 35g and 50a in the WHL.  Currently this season he has 5g 11a and is tied for 2nd in points in the league.  He has a Nov 95 birthday so he will be one of the older players at this draft.

I should add that Reinhart has 7g 14a for 21points in 10 games... the article is a few days old.
Great idea.  Let's all fall in love with Sam Reinhart.  That should really pay off when we draft about 5-6 spots after he's gone.  :(

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Posted 15 October 2013 - 07:43 AM

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ISS Top 30 Release for October, revealing ISS's preliminary ranking of Top Prospects for 2014 NHL Draft. http://iss.tw/1bsLzJj

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Posted 15 October 2013 - 09:25 AM

Reinhart, Virtanen and Dal Colle really interest me.

Dal Colle
http://www.elitepros...p?player=152047
http://www.hockeyfig...com/news/189337

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Posted 15 October 2013 - 09:34 AM

I wish this wasn't seen as one of the weakest drafts for the past 2 decades. Typical Sabres, completely sucking the year nothing but scraps is available, allowing us to become just good enough to miss out on Connor McDavid

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Posted 15 October 2013 - 09:54 AM

View PostThirtyEight, on 15 October 2013 - 09:34 AM, said:

I wish this wasn't seen as one of the weakest drafts for the past 2 decades. Typical Sabres, completely sucking the year nothing but scraps is available, allowing us to become just good enough to miss out on Connor McDavid
Hold up a second.  This years draft is not as deep as last years but there are a lot of good solid guys available.  Guys that will be top line players.

Oscar Lindblom for instance
http://www.elitepros...hp?player=86181

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Posted 15 October 2013 - 09:56 AM

View PostRobviously, on 14 October 2013 - 06:57 PM, said:

Great idea.  Let's all fall in love with Sam Reinhart.  That should really pay off when we draft about 5-6 spots after he's gone.  :(

Wouldn't that be the Sabres luck to :)
Come in dead last lose the lottery, pick 4th over all
Come in dead last next season, lose the lottery pick 7th overall
Come in dead last the following season, lose the lottery pick 3rd overall (hey, were getting closer)

:w00t:

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Posted 15 October 2013 - 10:07 AM

View PostHopefulFuture, on 15 October 2013 - 09:56 AM, said:

Wouldn't that be the Sabres luck to :)
Come in dead last lose the lottery, pick 4th over all
Come in dead last next season, lose the lottery pick 7th overall
Come in dead last the following season, lose the lottery pick 3rd overall (hey, were getting closer)

:w00t:

If the Sabres come in dead last, the worst they can do is 2nd overall.

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Posted 15 October 2013 - 10:08 AM

View PostHopefulFuture, on 15 October 2013 - 09:56 AM, said:

Wouldn't that be the Sabres luck to :)
Come in dead last lose the lottery, pick 4th over all
Come in dead last next season, lose the lottery pick 7th overall
Come in dead last the following season, lose the lottery pick 3rd overall (hey, were getting closer)

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Although I see MattPie beat me to it... :doh:

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Posted 15 October 2013 - 10:25 AM

View PostLGR4GM, on 15 October 2013 - 10:08 AM, said:

Although I see MattPie beat me to it... :doh:

Woo! Although I'd love see them take all those picks and put them directly into the AHL. They might as well learn the pro game right away.  ;)

Edited by MattPie, 15 October 2013 - 10:25 AM.


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Posted 15 October 2013 - 10:50 AM

View PostThirtyEight, on 15 October 2013 - 09:34 AM, said:

I wish this wasn't seen as one of the weakest drafts for the past 2 decades. Typical Sabres, completely sucking the year nothing but scraps is available, allowing us to become just good enough to miss out on Connor McDavid

They said that a couple years ago too. Would anyone here be upset with Alex Galchenyuk on the team as our 1C of the future?

Edited by TrueBluePhD, 15 October 2013 - 10:51 AM.


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Posted 15 October 2013 - 11:16 AM

View PostLGR4GM, on 15 October 2013 - 09:25 AM, said:

Reinhart, Virtanen and Dal Colle really interest me.

Dal Colle
http://www.elitepros...p?player=152047
http://www.hockeyfig...com/news/189337

I've been to quite a few Generals games over the past couple of seasons and Dal Colle looks like a good prospect.  He finds a way to score timely goals.  He's got something like 16 points in 10 games so far this year.

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 08:50 PM

So... I don't think it's too soon for this. Figured we could start soon, so more posters will know about the future picks of the Sabres.

Also, if you have a twitter, follow Kris Baker (https://twitter.com/SabresProspects). Always tweets stuff on the draft such as:

Kris Baker@SabresProspects9m
Draft stuff: Reinhart no goals last five (13gp 7-16-23), Perlini pts in 11/12 (12gp 12-14-26), Dal Colle 8-game pt streak (12gp 8-11-19)

Right now the first pick of the draft would likely be Sam Reinhart if we had it (youngest brother of Max/Griffin). A few good reads on him:

http://fansided.com/...t-kootenay-ice/

http://www.nhl.com/i...s.htm?id=685953


Other possibilities: William Nylander (son of Michael), Aaron Ekblad (d-man so unlikely at the top for us).

Edited by DStebb, 20 October 2013 - 08:52 PM.


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Posted 20 October 2013 - 08:51 PM

What about this? http://forums.sabres...006-2014-draft/

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 08:55 PM

View Post26CornerBlitz, on 20 October 2013 - 08:51 PM, said:


Ah shoot. Hiding on the second page. Assuming a merge is on its way. I hope some other fans can get a bit more excited and into the discussion. Sabres haven't had a top 5 pick since '03 (Vanek) or a top 3 since '87 (Turgeon). The only silver lining I can find is these facts.