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The Buffalo Sabres in the 2023 NHL Draft

by Janiya Croxie
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The Buffalo Sabres are gearing up for an exciting new chapter as they prepare for the 2023 NHL Draft Wednesday, June 28th through Thursday, June 29th, aiming to secure top-tier prospects who will help transform their team. The Sabres front staff is meticulously analyzing potential candidates to significantly impact their team, with a fresh perspective and a renewed sense of purpose.

After a challenging season in which they finished toward the bottom of the standings and failed to make the playoffs yet again, the Sabres are in an excellent position to make a significant jump forward. With the 13th overall pick in round one, Buffalo has a good opportunity to select a game-changer who will immediately boost their roster.

Kevyn Adams and the Sabres coaching staff are focusing on improving their offensive firepower with the 13th pick in the 2023 NHL Draft. The team ranked near the bottom of the league in goals scored last season, struggling to generate consistent scoring chances. Adding a dynamic forward with a nose for the net will greatly benefit the Buffalo Sabres.

On the other hand, the Buffalo Sabres also struggled defensively throughout the season, due mostly to injuries and the inexperience of its defence core. With players such as Rasmus Dahlin and Owen Power making significant defensive plays while still contributing offensively, and Mattias Samuelsson, a defensive anchor, there is a reasonable chance the Sabres will use one of their picks in this year’s draft on a defender to balance out the grouping.

In addition to their first-round pick, the Sabres also hold several later-round selections. This provides them with an opportunity to add depth and address other areas of concern. Building a solid prospect pool will be crucial for long-term success, and the draft presents an ideal platform to accomplish that goal. Here’s a look at all of the Sabres picks in the 2023 NHL Draft.

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As the draft approaches, the Sabres have an opportunity to infuse new talent, skill, and enthusiasm onto their roster. With careful planning, smart decision-making, and a touch of luck, the Buffalo Sabres can embark on a path towards redemption in the upcoming season.

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