With their final pick in this year’s draft at 181st overall, the Sabres selected 19-year-old right winger Victor Olofsson from MODO in Sweden. The 5-foot-11 and 175-pound Olofsson has speed to burn, and scored 32 goals and 53 points at the J20 level last season.
Buffalo went back into the high school ranks for their 151st selection with Christopher Brown, the son of former NHLer Doug Brown. A center from Cranbrook Kingswood in Michigan, Brown accumulated a ridiculous 84 points (26+58) in 28 games this season. Brown has committed to Boston College, and is expected to play with the USHL’s Green Bay Gamblers in 2014-15. His uncle, Greg, is a coach at BC and was drafted by the Sabres in 1986.
After having the fourth round off, Buffalo used their lone pick in the fifth round (121st overall) to take Max Willman, a left winger from Williston-North Hampton High School in Massachusetts. Willman, who will attend Brown University in the fall, had 44 points (21+23) in 25 games this season.
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The Sabres went for a goalie with their first of two picks in round three, going to Sweden for 6-foot-4 Jonas Johansson at number 61 overall. Johansson, the second-ranked European goalie by Central Scouting, spent most of the 2013-14 season with Brynas of the Swedish junior league, posting a 2.32 GAA and .911 save%.
Brycen Martin became Buffalo’s first defenseman selected, as they took him with the 74th overall pick. The 6-foot-1 Martin finished second among defensemen on Swift Current with 37 points (6+31) in 72 games, while playing alongside Julius Honka (14th overall, DAL) on the Broncos’ blueline.
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The Sabres owned three picks in the second round to start day two of the 2014 NHL Draft. With the first pick of the second round, Buffalo opened the day’s proceedings by taking left winger Brendan Lemieux from the OHL’s Barrie Colts with the 31st overall selection. Brendan had a team-leading 145 PIMs along with 53 points (27+26) last season, and is the son of former NHLer Claude Lemieux.
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Buffalo then traded pick 39 to Washington in exchange for the Capitals’ 44th and 74th picks this year. With the 44th pick, the Sabres selected Eric Cornel, a centerman from the OHL’s Peterborough Petes. Cornel finished third in team scoring in 2013-14 with 62 points (25+37) in 68 games, often lining up alongside Nick Ritchie on the top line.
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With their third and final pick of the second round at 49th overall, the Sabres grabbed left winger Vaclav Karabacek. In 65 games with the Gatineau Olympiques of the QMJHL last season, the native of the Czech Republic had 21 goals and 47 points, good for fifth in league rookie scoring.