If there is one thing we know about Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill it’s that he likes to build down the middle. With that in mind, here four players the Sabres could target with the 32nd pick in the NHL Draft.
Jack Drury, C, Waterloo Blackhawks (USHL)
27th ranked North American Skater
5′-11″, 175 lbs.
There’s plenty of debate about where Jack Drury could fall in the draft – early 2nd ,late 2nd round or even early 3rd. But, how awesome would it be to have another Drury on the Sabres in the future?
Sure, he might be undersized but there’s plenty to like about his game.
The centerman, who is the nephew of former Sabres co-captain Chris Drury, struggled in his first year in the USHL but dominated this past season posting 65 points in 56 games with Waterloo. The one thing he’ll continue to have to work on is his skating.
David Gustafsson, C, HV 71 (Sweden)
24th ranked European Skater
6’2″, 196 lbs.
There’s plenty of Swedes on the roster and in the pipeline, so why not add another.
Only 17-years old Gustafsson made his Swedish Hockey League debut this past season, playing primarily bottom six minutes.
At 6-2 and 196 pounds, the center is not afraid to use his body and work the dirty areas. Gustafsson has also shown an ability to be a solid two way player, but also needs to improve his skating.
Dominik Bokk, RW, Vaxjo Jr. (Sweden Jr.)
12th ranked European Skater
6’1″, 180 lbs.
If you like offense, which the Sabres have lacked, Dominik Bokk could be a dynamic offense weapon the Blue and Gold opt to select in the 2nd round. Bokk showed tremendous scoring ability in the Sweden’s top junior league with 41 points (14G, 27A) in 35 games.
He’ll need to continue to develop into a solid two-way player, but his skills and puck handling are some are considered some of the best in the draft.
Blake McLaughlin, LW, Chicago Steel (USHL)
24th ranked North American Skater
6’0″, 162 lbs.
Left wing is a position of need for the Sabres, and while he’s not NHL ready, playing a year or two at the University of Minnesota will allow the winger a chance to add some bulk to his 6-foot frame.
The 18-year-old has a solid shot with a quick release and can finish at the net. He can also create for his teammates, evidence of his 23 goal 29 assist effort this year with the Steel.