By John Vogl
PHILADELPHIA -- Tim Murray had made plenty of noise about adding another first-round selection, but Sam Reinhart was the only player taken by Buffalo at No. 2 overall. The Sabres have seven more picks Saturday, including the enviable top spot in the second round. They have two other second-rounders, plus one each in the third, fifth, sixth and seventh rounds.
“It’s a new start of the draft,” Murray said. “I remember some nights that we went back to our suites and talked about we had to get 31. Hopefully, somebody has somebody on the board and they’re willing to overpay. That’d be great.”
Trade activity was relatively light on the opening day – the biggest deals featured Vancouver sending Ryan Kesler to Anaheim and Pittsburgh shipping James Neal to Nashville – possibly because the cost was high.
“I offered three seconds to seven teams for one first,” said Murray, who was turned down along with all those teams rumored to want the No. 1 overall selection. “It was stupid because you hear so many rumors. ... At some point you just sit down and say, ‘Whatever happens, happens.’”