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With three picks in second round, who are the top names left?

By Mike Harrington

PHILADELPHIA -- The Sabres will get back at it Saturday morning at 10, making the first pick of the second round. Buffalo also has picks No. 39 and 49. GM Tim Murray said late Friday night that during his days with Ottawa and Anaheim, he often saw the team's staff spending late Friday musing about a way to get No. 31. Murray admitted he's open to a team overpaying to get the pick from Buffalo.

If the Sabres keep all three seconds, who are the best candidates left that didn't go in round one? In no particular order, here are four interesting names on the board. The first three include links to John Vogl's "Road to the Draft" series.

Ivan Barbashev -- The 6-foot left winger from Moncton is the top North American player remaining, rated 18th by Central Scouting. 

Ryan MacInnis -- The son of longtime NHL defenseman Al MacInnis played center at Kitchener and was ranked 20th by Central Scouting.

Thatcher Demko -- A 6-4 Boston College goalie. I would classify this as a longshot because Murray has said the Sabres are set in the NHL next year (Jhonas Enroth and Michal Neuvirth) and have prospects like Andrey Makarov, Nathan Lieuwen and Linus Ullmark in the pipeline. Still, Demko is highly regarded and a good bet to go in round 2.

Brendan Lemieux -- The Barrie left winger was impressive at the Scouting Combine, both in his work ethic and his maturity discussing his life in hockey as the son of longtime NHL agitator Claude Lemieux. He was also a junior teammate of No. 1 pick Aaron Ekblad.

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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.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

@BNHarrington | mharrington@buffnews.com


Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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