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With Sabres looking to move up from No. 8, trades have been rare but worth it

By John Vogl

Darcy Regier has made it clear he wants to move up in the draft. The Sabres hold the No. 8 overall pick, and the general manager has made calls to teams that are picking in front of Buffalo.

It will be a chore trying to convince a fellow GM to deal, based on history.

In the 25 drafts since 1988, the teams holding the eighth pick have moved up just twice. In both trades, the team had to give up a second-round pick to jump just a few spots.

It was definitely worth it.

*In 1992, the New York Islanders dealt the No. 8 pick and a second-round selection to Toronto for the No. 5 pick. The Isles selected Darius Kasparaitis after moving up. The Maple Leafs took Brandon Convery at No. 8 and wound up trading the second-round pick as part of a deal for the 23rd overall selection, Grant Marshall.

*In 2004, Carolina sent the No. 8 pick and a second-round selection to Columbus for the No. 4 pick. The Hurricanes picked Andrew Ladd after moving up. Columbus took Alexandre Picard at No. 8 and used the second-round pick on Kyle Wharton.

An extensive look at draft-day trades, the value of picks and teams' successes with first-round picks will be coming in Sunday's Buffalo News.


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John Vogl

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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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