By John Vogl
NEW YORK -- There's no telling how the NHL draft will shake out Sunday before the Sabres pick eighth -- heck, there's no telling whether they'll even stay at No. 8 -- but it’s possible Hunter Shinkaruk or Sean Monahan could hear his name called when Buffalo steps to the dais.
They attended the Sabres’ scouting combine and interview session this month and walked away feeling both sides benefitted from the experience.
“I went on the ice and I was looking up, and it was another NHL rink that I’ve skated on now,” Shinkaruk, who totaled 86 goals the past two seasons for Medicine Hat of the Western Hockey League, said today at a prospects gathering in Weehawken, N.J. "Everything went well."
Monahan was a one-man show on a poor Ottawa team, which allowed the center to learn every aspect of the game. His scoring ability and two-way awareness would fit in well with Buffalo.
“I think I had a pretty good impression with them,” he said along the Hudson River with the New York skyline in the background.
While the draft will definitely happen, there's not much market for trades at the moment, according to Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier.
"It’s a pretty quiet area right now," Regier told the Sabres' website this afternoon while answering a question about Thomas Vanek and Ryan Miller.
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