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Who should go No. 1?

All the talk for months has been that the New York Islanders have to take John Tavares, nephew of Mr. Bandit by the same name, with the No. 1 pick tonight in Montreal. But as the days go by, you keep hearing more and more chatter about Swedish defenseman Victor Hedman or even Brampton center Matt Duchene.

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So you play Garth Snow for a minute and be the Isles GM. (I didn't say be Matthew Barnaby or Steve Shields and pound Garth Snow --- classic Sabres brawls at those links).

Think as Snow for a minute: Who do you pick?

Do you risk the PR disaster of not taking Tavares? Do you risk not taking Hedman, a Lidstrom type on defense? Tough call.

Make your choice below and then be sure to vote in our poll on who should be the Sabres' No. 1 pick.

---Mike Harrington



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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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