Pittsburgh (WKBW) The NHL Draft has come and gone, and the Sabres left the Consol Energy Center with 8 new porspects.
In the first round, with the twelfth overall pick, the Sabres selected Mikhail Grigorenko out of the Quebec Major Junior League. The six foot three center out of Russia scored 85 points in just over 50 games last season.
The Sabres would then trade up with the Calgary Flames, giving up the 21st pick and a second rounder for the 14th pick, where they grabbed another center, Zemgus Girgensons out of Latvia. He led the Dubuque Fighting Saints in scoring this year, with six game winning goals in the United States Hockey League.
"The focus was on center men and some size and those two players we identified," Sabres GM Darcy Regier said, "and there was a run on defensemen, we were looking for forwards and it benefited us."
The draft continued Saturday with rounds two through seven, where the Sabres had six total picks.
In the second round, 44th overall, Buffalo grabbed Jake Mccabe, a defenseman out of the University of Wisconsin.
With the 73rd pick, the Sabres picked Canadian centerman Justin Kea.
The team then added its fourth center of this draft class, American-born Logan Nelson.
Goaltender Linus Ullmark of Sweden found a home in the sixth round, followed by Brady Austin and Judd Peterson to round things out in the seventh round.
Overall, Buffalo left with four centers, two defensemen, a winger and a goalie, with just one trade of picks for the team this weekend.