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Sabres' draft recap: Plenty of picks, minor trade and more work ahead

By John Vogl

NEW YORK -- With a hectic draft day behind them, the Sabres plan to wipe the sweat off their brows, pack their bags, fly back to Buffalo and get to work on free agency. Funny, sounds identical to my plan.

Before we do, here's a look back at an 11-player draft that had a stunning nine prospects in attendance:

*The Sabres figured they’d be busy. They entered the draft with the most picks and had several players on the trade market. By the time the second round was over, they’d added another selection, traded a defenseman and made a dream come true for a Buffalonian, a feat they duplicated later.

*Williamsville’s Justin Bailey was picked in the second round of Sunday’s NHL draft and West Seneca’s Sean Malone went in the sixth. Pretty much what they expected. But what was already a life-changing moment came with an incredible twist: Both players heard their name called by the Sabres, the team they grew up watching.

*A player with a big shot who should jump into the lineup next year and a big project who will add some snarl. Going defense-first with a pair of 18-year-olds, there’s your capsule scouting report on the Sabres’ first-round picks.

*The Sabres had a plan to draft six forwards, three defensemen and a goaltender. They followed it almost to the letter.

*Jerry Sullivan watched the draft and determined now, at least, the Sabres have a direction. Wearing teams down and preventing goals is more important than scoring them.

General Manager Darcy Regier

Kevin Devine, Sabres director of amateur scouting

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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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