OTTAWA -- To no writer's surprise, we walked into Scotiabank Place and the Internet still wasn't working. Still gotta love the NHL.
Well, the Sabres went for size with their second-round pick, taking 6-foot-2, 203-pound forward Luke Adam of St. John's of the Quebec league. He's a Newfoundlander, and he's a friendly kid.
"I’m a big guy, I use my size to my advantage, try to create my offense from down low, using my size and my reach," Adam said. "That’s how I create my offense, and I have a passion to score goals, and that’s how I do it."
The Sabres traded down in the third round and picked up two selections, getting rid of No. 74 and picking up Nos. 81 and 101 from Los Angeles. They picked a high school kid at 81, defenseman Cory Fienhage, who was born in Kansas and schooled in Minnesota. He is 6-2, 190 and is expected to attend the University of North Dakota in 2009.
Will get more updates as the Internet allows. This is the first time today (and maybe the only) I've had it.
11:55 a.m.: There are timeouts in the draft. Who knew? The Sabres just took one at the 101st pick.
The next pick is another high schooler, Justin Jokinen. The Minnesota winger is 6-2, 165. He's athletic but needs to fill out, obviously. A short while later, at 104, the Sabres selected 6-2, 185-pound defenseman Jordon Southorn from the Quebec league.
12:41 p.m.: The Sabres select Jacob Lagace in the fifth round. He's here, and his family is hugging away.
"I’m happy for them because they are happy to see me get drafted," Lagace said.
1:20 p.m.: The Sabres pick Nick Crawford of the OHL's Saginaw Spirit in the sixth round. He's a little off the board -- literally. The league doesn't have a name plate for him to put on the draft board. He had four goals and 16 assists in 68 games this season.
Unless they make a trade, that's it for the Sabres in the 2008 entry draft.
2:51 p.m.: The floor is clear, the interviews are over, and so is the draft for another year. The Sabres ended up with four defenseman and four forwards. From the Sabres' standpoint, the draft was a success.
"I'm excited about this group," Sabres GM Darcy Regier said.
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