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BUFFALO SABRES 2008 NHL DRAFT SELECTIONS

Friday, 06.20.2008 / 5:45 PM / All News
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BUFFALO SABRES 2008 NHL DRAFT SELECTIONS
TYLER MYERS - 12TH OVERALL (FIRST ROUND)

The Buffalo Sabres selected defenseman Tyler Myers with the 12th overall pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Originally slated with the 13th overall selection, the Sabres opted to swap with Los Angeles for the 12th pick to get the sizable blueliner. Buffalo also gave their 2009 third-round selection to the Kings as part of the deal.

RELATED LINKS
Video:  Myers Player Profile
Video: Myers Draft Interview
Audio: Myers Draft Podcast






The 6-foot-7, Houston, Texas native is the tallest North American skater ranked by Central Scouting in this year’s draft.

In his second season with the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets, Myers finished with 19 points (6+13) and 97 penalty minutes. He was also chosen in the 2008 Under-18 World Championships to play Team Canada [Although he was born in the United States, Myers was allowed to play for Canada as it was the first IIHF sanctioned event he participated in, currently residing in Dewinton, Alberta.]

SCOUTING REPORT
NHL Director of Central Scouting, E.J. McGuire

Strengths: "His height differentiates him from the rest of the draft-eligible defensemen – he towers above all the other players. He is not often burned by the small, quick players and because of the emphasis in today's NHL on a lack of restraining type of play, I think Tyler has adjusted well to that and is more ready to play in the new NHL than a lot of the other smaller players."

Areas to improve: "Improvements can be made with his continued maturity. I don't know that he needs to work on anything other than continuing to work on foot speed, continuing to work on coordination. He's got a rocket shot from the point on the power-play and that is never going to leave him."

Outlook: "Tyler is the tallest player among the top-rated players. As a defenseman, that height translates into a great poke-check and great stick work. At 6'7", he still has a little bit of growing into his body to do. Obviously comparisons are made to Zdeno Chara, who, it has been said, actually as a junior stumbled when he played for St. George. There may be a night when the large feet of Myers get in his way a little bit, but to hear scouts talk, they won't get in his way for very many more years."


SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP G A PTS PIM
2006-07 Kelowna WHL 59 2 13 15 78
2007-08 Kelowna WHL 65 6 13 19 97




TYLER ENNIS - 26TH OVERALL (FIRST ROUND)

With the 26th overall selection, the Sabres chose to stock up on offense by picking left wing Tyler Ennis.

RELATED LINKS
Link: Small  Stature, Big Results
Video: Ennis Player Profile
Video: Ennis Draft Interview
Video: Ennis Media Interview






The Edmonton native collected 91 points in his sophomore season with the WHL Medicine Hat Tigers, leading the squad with 15 power play goals and earning a spot on the 2008 Eastern Conference All-Star team.

Ennis was also a part of Canada’s 2006 Under-18 World Championship team in 2006, winning the gold medal.
 
SCOUTING REPORT
NHL Director of Central Scouting, E.J. McGuire

Strengths: "Tyler is a quick, 'water-bug'-type player. He scoots up and down the ice and can turn on a dime. He can drive wide on a defenseman who is unaware or a little slow. Tyler may be one of the best pure offensive players in the entire draft."
 
Outlook: "Getting bigger is not something within his control, he's done everything as far as his quickness and offensive development and now I think that it is just ready for him to show it at the next level."

SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP G A PTS PIM
2006-07 Medicine Hat WHL 71 26 24 50 30
2007-08 Medicine Hat WHL 70 43 48 91 42




LUKE ADAM - 44TH OVERALL (SECOND ROUND)

The Buffalo Sabres selected left wing Luke Adam with the 44th overall selection.

RELATED LINKS
Audio:  Adam Draft Podcast




The 6-foot-2 power forward led the St. John's Fog Devils in 2007-08 with 66 points (30+36) in his sophomore season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

The Newfoundland native made history in November for the Fog Devils, becoming the first player to score four goals in a game for the squad en route to an 8-2 victory over the Lewiston Maineiacs.

Adam's father, Russ Luke, was also drafted in the NHL, as the Toronto Maple Leafs seventh round pick (137th overall). Russ played eight games for the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1982.

SCOUTING REPORT
NHL Central Scouting's Chris Bordeleau
"Luke has really improved over the season. He is a big player and sometimes big guys take longer to grow into their skating. The upside on Luke is pretty high, he plays big, and he can score."

SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP G A PTS PIM
2006-07 St. John's QMJHL 63 6 9 15 51
2007-08 St. John's QMJHL 70 36 30 66 72




74TH OVERALL (THIRD ROUND)

The Buffalo Sabres traded their third-round draft pick (74th overall) to Los Angeles in exchange for the Kings' 81st overall selection and 101st overall selection in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.




CORY FIENHAGE - 81ST OVERALL (THIRD ROUND)

With the 81st selection the Sabres chose Eastview High School's Cory Fienhage.

The Apple Valley, Minnesota resident is committed to attend the University of North Dakota in the fall to continue his hockey career.

Fienhage finished with 12 points (6+6) in 24 games as captain of the Eastview squad in 2007-08 and was ranked 36th overall by Central Scouting for North American skaters.

SCOUTING REPORT
NHL Central Scouting's Jack Barzee

"Cory is an aggressive and tough player. He's a great skater with a good wrist shot and big shot from the point. He is really aware of his defensive responsibilities, always looking over his shoulder. He's going to be a warrior. He has a little bit of Coyotes' defenseman Ed Jovanovski in him and there won't be too many people who will want to play against him when he gets going."

SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP G A PTS PIM
2006-07 Eastview High - MN 20 11 15 26 0
2007-08 Eastview High - MN 24 6 6 12 76



JUSTIN JOKINEN- 101ST OVERALL (FOURTH ROUND)

Minnesota native Justin Jokinen was selected 101st overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the fourth round.

The Cloquet High School senior tallied 21 goals and 39 points in 25 games during the 2007-08 campaign. In his junior year, Jokinen scored 51 points (26+25).

SCOUTING REPORT
NHL Central Scouting's Jack Barzee

"Justin moved to center this year and he ended up carrying his team to the State tournament. He is tall and skinny right now, but he's a lot like Jamie Langenbrunner was at that age, with a little bit different intensity than Langenbrunner had. When Justin kicks that intensity up he has that snap and finesse that allows him to make big plays. He can come down on the defenseman, use him as a screen and snap the puck off to surprise the goalie. He's one of those guys that has the uncanny ability to put the puck in the net – I think he can be a goal scorer at any level – he just needs to get stronger."

SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP G A PTS PIM
2006-07 Cloquet High - MN   - 26 25 51 18
2007-08 Cloquet High - MN 25 21 18 39 58




JORDON SOUTHORN - 104TH OVERALL (FOURTH ROUND)

The Buffalo Sabres selected Montreal, Quebec native Jordon Southorn with their 104th overall selection in the fourth round.

The 6-foot-2 blueliner registered 31 points (12+19) for the Prince Edward Island Rockets. He also recorded 70 penalty minutes in his sophomore season in the QMJHL.

SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP G A PTS PIM
2006-07 PEI QMJHL 58 5 5 10 76
2007-08 PEI QMJHL 69 12 19 31 70




JACOB LAGACE - 134TH OVERALL (FIFTH ROUND)

In the fifth round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Buffalo selected Quebec native Jacob Lagace.

The winger finished third in scoring for the Chicoutimi Sagueneens with 62 points (23+39) in his debut season in the QMJHL. The effort also ranked him fourth among rookie scoring in the league.

Lagace was ranked 55th overall for North American skaters according to Central Scouting.

SCOUTING REPORT
NHL Central Scouting's Chris Bordeleau

"He played on Canada's Under-18 team and deservedly so. Jacob is a good skater and another player who came out of nowhere this season after I saw him quite a bit as an underage player last season. He has good hands – he's not a big player, but he could surprise people if he continues to work hard and improve his game."

SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP G A PTS PIM
2006-07 Antoine-Girouord Midget AAA 44 24 29 53 46
2007-08 Chicoutimi QMJHL 67 23 39 62 40




NICK CRAWFORD - 164TH OVERALL (SIXTH ROUND)

With their final selection in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, the Buffalo Sabres selected defenseman Nick Crawford 164th overall.

The Brampton, Ontario native tallied 20 points (4+16) in 2007-08 with the Saginaw Spirit in the Ontario Hockey League, as well as a goal and an assist in four playoff games in 2008.

The blueliner was not ranked in this year's draft according to Central Scouting.

SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP G A PTS PIM
2006-07 Saginaw OHL 63 1 7 8 11
2007-08 Saginaw OHL 68 4 16 20 58


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