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 From:  Razz (RAZZMAN)  
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It was exciting to see the Sabres logo behind the #1 card in the draft lotto Wednesday night. Almost instantly, a question came to mind. Just who is the #1 overall pick this year?? That remains to be seen as this is probably the worst year in recent memory for a superstar stud to emerge as the next generation Wayne Gretzky. There isn't a Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews, Patrick Kane or even a Jack Hughes to wow the hockey world.

Owen Power a Michigan defenseman is being promoted as the top pick in the draft. He's big at 6'-6" and is now playing in the World championships. However, the Sabres may need a forward more than another defenseman, especially with the possibility of both Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart being traded in the off season.

The Sabres could make a trade with the new Seattle Kraken, swapping picks and maybe getting another pick in the second round. Or they could trade for an established center and a second round pick with another team. This first round pick isn't a slam-dunk and Sabres GM Kevyn Adams has to do some serious thought before using his top overall pick on Owen Power.

https://buffalonews.com/sports/hockey/mike-harrington-sabres-need-to-be-forward-thinking-with-this-top-pick/article_03417bda-c3d7-11eb-b107-6f563c6f4fb5.html#tracking-source=home-top-story-1

Sabres need to be forward-thinking with this top pick

By Mike Harrington
Buffalo News


Kevyn Adams used the word a lot Wednesday night and it fits: debate. There's going to be a ton of it among fans between now and July 23, and the Sabres' general manager promised lots of it internally within the organization as well. That's a good thing. Everyone should have a say and not simply rubber stamp what the GM might want.

This is too important a fork in the road for the franchise and for Adams in particular. The Sabres landed the No. 1 pick in the NHL draft after winning the lottery for the second time in four years, but this is no slam-dunk choice.

Unlike when they took Rasmus Dahlin in 2018 in Dallas, the task for Adams and crew is far from simple. There is no consensus top player available and the vagaries of scouting and the hockey world in general in 2021 make this perhaps the most unpredictable draft ever.

No Dahlin, no Nathan MacKinnon, no Connor McDavid or Auston Matthews, no Alexis Lafreniere. Can't recall a draft over the last 15 or so years with so many possibilities for top-three picks. The Sabres are getting a solid player for sure and he will be in the NHL next season for sure, Adams' insistence on patience to the contrary.

That said, the Sabres should live by one simple credo with this pick.

Go forward. Pun intended.

Yes, NHL Central Scouting has 6-foot-6 University of Michigan defenseman Owen Power listed as its top prospect. And this seems to be a good year for blueliners. There's the latest edition of the Hughes clan, Luke, ready to join Vancouver's Quinn and New Jersey's Jack in the NHL after some solid work for the U.S. National Development Team Program. There's Ottawa native Brandt Clarke, who spent the year in Slovakia with the Ontario Hockey League dormant, and there's 6-5 Swede Simon Edvinsson.

You can say the Sabres can't be choosy and should simply take the best player, position be damned. It's a valid argument. But there's a case to be made they have defensemen in their system and can always go out and trade for a couple more.

The Sabres need goals. And just imagine how many they might need if they're actually pondering a trade of Jack Eichel or Sam Reinhart. Or even both.

The recent history isn't kind. The Sabres finished last in the NHL in scoring in both of their tank years, 2013-14 and 2014-15. Since then, Eichel's arrival and Reinhart's ascension from junior to full-time duty have not helped that area anywhere near as much as you would think.

Since Eichel made his debut in 2015, the Sabres have averaged just 2.53 goals per game. Only Detroit has averaged less in the last six seasons, at 2.44.

When you break it down by years, the picture is just as bleak:

2015-16: 2.43 (tie for 25th)

2016-17: 2.43 (25th)

2017-18: 2.41 (31st)

2018-19: 2.70 (T-23rd)

2019-20: 2.80 (21st)

2021: 2.39 (29th)

So after those numbers, with a chance to add to Dylan Cozens, Casey Mittelstadt and Jack Quinn – all of whom were taken in the top 10 since 2017 – are you really going to take a defenseman?

It takes a long time for defensemen to become stalwarts in the NHL. Victor Hedman took five years after being taken No. 2 in 2009 to become an all-star for Tampa Bay. Miro Heiskanen was in the Stanley Cup final in his second year for Dallas in last September's Edmonton bubble. This year, he had a 27-point season and dropped from plus-14 to minus-9.

And we all know about Dahlin. Surely a large chunk of blame his nightmarish 2021 goes to former coach Ralph Krueger. But did you ever think in the hype of June 2018 that we'd be sitting here three years later and Dahlin would be the worst minus player in the NHL? And even as flawed as we all know the stat can be, worst in the league is still worst in the league.

Especially if you're trading Eichel, and even if you're not, don't Adams & Co. have to be looking at center Matthew Beniers, Power's Michigan teammate, as their top pick?

If they're looking for another sniper on the wing to join Quinn, wouldn't William Eklund of Sweden or Edmonton Oil Kings stud Dylan Guenther be better choices?

This is a draft that won't be able to evoke instant analysis. You normally look three to four years down the road in hockey anyway. But in 2021, when Covid limited schedules or wiped them out entirely in some leagues, it's going to take a long time to figure things out.

The Sabres don't have a long time as we know. Adams can continue to preach patience and the company line that they weren't part of this 10-year playoff drought. Adams, for instance, didn't take Marcus Davidsson in the second round in 2017 – Jason Botterill did – and thus ended up with the highest-drafted player that year to not sign with his club.

But surely Adams has to understand what his club needs. Now, I understand the Sabres are in back-up-the-truck mode. You can say they need anything and everything, starting from the goaltending out, and you would be right. But you still have to have priorities.

If you can't score, you can't win. The Sabres haven't scored enough for years.

Get more goals. Pass on Power.1
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 From:  Carl (SPARTACUS)  
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61052.2 In reply to 61052.1 
Nothing seems to go right for the poor Sabres. Maybe they can get some good players with the trades you mentioned of Eichel etc.
 
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 From:  Razz (RAZZMAN)  
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61052.3 In reply to 61052.2 
Yea, this is a year of relatively unknowns in the NHL draft class. I'm sure there are some good ones, but no McDavid, Mathews or even an Eichel. I say trade down and get more picks and maybe a vet center.
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 From:  Carl (SPARTACUS)  
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61052.4 In reply to 61052.3 
That is what I would do. Leverage the draft pick for proven talent.
 
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 From:  Razz (RAZZMAN)  
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61052.5 In reply to 61052.4 
The Sabres may try to not only get a proven veteran center, but also extra draft picks. That would be the best course of action, especially when there's no "Next Great One" on the horizon.
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 From:  Carl (SPARTACUS)  
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61052.6 In reply to 61052.5 
Sounds like a plan to me. 
 
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 From:  Razz (RAZZMAN)  
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61052.7 In reply to 61052.6 
Make me the Sabres GM and I'll turn the team around. First order of business is to fire the owners. LOL
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 From:  Carl (SPARTACUS)  
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61052.8 In reply to 61052.7 
That might be a bridge too far... firing the folks who hired you in the first place.
If I were selected, I would speak secretly with the Bills coach and GM and figure out how they outsmarted the owners.
 
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 From:  Razz (RAZZMAN)  
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61052.9 In reply to 61052.8 
To be able to fire the owner of a pro team if you're GM only happens on the Bizarro World. LOL

Anyway, the Pegulas need to hire a President of Hockey Operations and have him run the show. It has to be an experienced, competent hockey mind. They had one in Pat LaFontaine, but something happened and the Pegulas fired him.
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 From:  Carl (SPARTACUS)  
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61052.10 In reply to 61052.9 
Pat L is a class act and he used to attend Mass at our local church. He probably told Peggy the truth about something and that ended Pat's tenure there.
 
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 From:  Razz (RAZZMAN)  
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61052.11 In reply to 61052.10 
I think that Pat LaFontaine is one of the most humblest people around. During a practice when they had an arena called "Sabreland" I wen there with my sons when they were young. He gladly signed a trading card for my oldest. I once said that he should be the NHL Commissioner, but he's probably too nice to play that role. 
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 From:  Carl (SPARTACUS)  
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61052.12 In reply to 61052.11 
Yes. Pat was a class act.
 
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 From:  Razz (RAZZMAN)  
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61052.13 In reply to 61052.12 
LaFontaine was one of my all-time Sabres favorites.
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 From:  Carl (SPARTACUS)  
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61052.14 In reply to 61052.13 
I kinda liked Schoenfeld as he was a straight shooter.I loved his "Have another doughnut" like to Koharski. He was coaching the Devils vs the Bruins so I saw it live.
 
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 From:  Razz (RAZZMAN)  
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61052.15 In reply to 61052.14 
So you saw the "have another donut you fat pig" in person? That must have been great.

Schony had a night club called Schony's which I use to frequent. Jerry Korab (King Kong) used to also have an establishment here in WNY.
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 From:  Carl (SPARTACUS)  
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61052.16 In reply to 61052.15 
Ya. Koharski fell down and claimed Schony pushed him. Thus, the famous line.
 
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 From:  Razz (RAZZMAN)  
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61052.17 In reply to 61052.16 
I thought that Schony was arguing about a call that Koharski had made.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNRWiFUf2_8
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 From:  Carl (SPARTACUS)  
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61052.18 In reply to 61052.17 
He was arguing for sure. In the process, Koharski fell down.
 
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 From:  Razz (RAZZMAN)  
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61052.19 In reply to 61052.18 
Was Koharski  on the ice when he fell down? The video was when he was in the ramp with Schony yelling at him.
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 From:  Carl (SPARTACUS)  
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61052.20 In reply to 61052.19 
I think as I recall, it was in the runway where they were having their discussion.

https://nypost.com/2018/05/05/have-another-donut-clash-still-lives-in-infamy-30-years-later/
 
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