Another disappointing hockey season has come & gone in Western New York. Not only did the Buffalo Sabres under-achieve in the “Wins” column, failing to compete for a playoff spot for the second straight season, but they also under-achieved in the “Losses” column, finishing just bad enough to pick within the Top 10 — but not Top 5 — at this month’s talent-laden 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
In case you’ve been hibernating for the past several months, I’ll remind you that this year’s draft class, headlined by standout junior players Seth Jones, Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin, has been described as the deepest talent pool since the star-studded 2003 draft that saw Eric Staal, Thomas Vanek, Ryan Suter, Zach Parise, and a slew of other upper-echelon NHL players selected. With so much talent presumably available, the Sabres could easily settle for picking at No. 8 and No. 16 (from Minnesota) and be guaranteed two high-quality prospects.