Over the past few years when you talked about the Buffalo Sabres, you always talked about the depth and strength of their prospect pool. When seeing the way fans have been talking this summer, you would think Buffalo has the pool of Carolina. It is as if everyone forgot that the team has Sam Reinhart and Jack Eichel.
Before any in depth look at the group of Sabres youngsters, you have to remember that the team has been selling off pieces for picks and prospects over the past several seasons. Another thing you have to consider when looking at prospect pools is that every NHL club can only have 50 pro contracts, which causes you to move out prospects for known commodities. Even though 50 seems like a large number, it isn’t when you are making about 12 draft picks a season.
For some reason, Sabre fans feel that the departure of Nikita Zadorov and Brendan Lemieux rival the departures of Chris Drury and Daniel Briere. No one wants to talk about the fact that Brendan Lemieux refused to sign an Entry Level Contract with the Buffalo Sabres. Tim Murray said time and time again that the club tried to sign the second round pick to a deal, but he kept saying no. So they threw him in the package that saw Buffalo acquiring Evander Kane as well as Zach Bogosian. The other mentioned, Nikita Zadorov, a defenseman who is projected to be a top-pair caliber guy, was moved to Colorado as part of the Ryan O’Reilly deal. Mikhail Grigorenko was another prospect Buffalo included in that deal. Those are 3 talented prospects, but you have to move good pieces to bring in established NHLers. Continue reading Looking at the Sabres Prospect Pool