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2013 NHL DRAFT GRADES

What the national media is saying about Buffalo's draft

Tuesday, 07.02.2013 / 11:50 AM / News
By Chris Ryndak  - Sabres.com (@chrisryndak)
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2013 NHL DRAFT GRADES
What the national media is saying about the Sabres\' 2013 NHL Draft.
Rasmus Ristolainen (Getty Images)

The 2013 NHL Draft has come and gone and national pundits are coming out with their initial draft grades. The Buffalo Sabres made 11 selections in the draft, including two in the first round and five in the top 52.

We won’t see the real results of this draft for another few years, but here’s what they’re saying around North America about Buffalo’s day in Newark, N.J.:

The Hockey News: “Draft Winner”
“The Sabres used two picks in 2012 to shore up the middle of the franchise, taking Mikhail Grigorenko and Zemgus Girgensons in the first round. This time, they went with a pair of big defenders in Rasmus Ristolainen and Nikita Zadorov,” Ryan Kennedy wrote. “The Sabres are becoming quite adept at filling their needs lately.”

Sports Illustrated: A+
“The Sabres had an obvious need for size and talent on the back end and GM Darcy Regier addressed it in a way that exceeded the highest hopes of the team’s fans,” Allan Muir said. “Add in the trade that netted defenseman Jamie McBain from Carolina and the day could not have gone better for this rebuilding franchise.

The Sporting News: A
“Added needed size on the blue line with two first-round picks,” Jesse Spector said. “Made a solid trade, sending Andrej Sekera to Carolina for Jamie McBain and one of those second-rounders.”

NHL.com: “Made Noise”
“If the Sabres are moving into a rebuilding phase, adding 11 players in what has been projected as a deep and talented draft class is a good place to start,” staff writer Corey Masisak wrote. “They also added a potential power forward and hometown kid with Justin Bailey in the second round.”

ESPN: A+
“The blue line was a big need for the Buffalo system, and they addressed it as well as they could with their first two selections,” Grant Sonier wrote. “This was a really strong draft for the Sabres.”

CBS Sports: A- (Grades for First Round Only)
“The Sabres drafted the best available defenseman and Ristolainen should move right to the top of their defensive prospects depth chart,” hockey writer Chris Peters said.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82