By John Vogl
The Sabres are on pace to finish last in the NHL, which will give them the best shot at picking first in the draft. All three of NHL.com's draft prognosicators say they'll pick Sam Reinhart.
The center for Kootenay of the Western Hockey League is ranked fourth among draft-eligible players by NHL Central Scouting in its midseason rankings.
"The Sabres are in need of an exceptional center possessing great hockey sense with the vision and ability to maneuver through traffic with the puck," wrote Mike G. Morreale.
"Won't do anything to wow you, but combines off-the-charts hockey sense with outstanding offensive skill and strong defensive awareness," wrote Adam Kimelman.
"May have slipped in the midseason rankings but has best raw offensive talent in draft. Sabres are in dire need of goals," wrote Steven Hoffner.
The draft will be held June 27-28 in Philadelphia. Here is information about the draft lottery.
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