2017 Sabres NHL Draft recap

2017 Sabres NHL Draft recap

CHICAGO - This year's NHL draft was a little different for the Sabres than the past few years. They didn't make any blockbuster deals or big splashes. 

Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill decided to stand pat with his roster, at least for now.

Instead of wheeling and dealing, the Sabres kept all six of their picks. Here's a recap of the Sabres' draft.

 

Round 1

No. 8: The Sabres used their first-round pick on Casey Mittelstadt, a center from Minnesota. Mittelstadt is known for his smooth skating and slick hands.

Round 2

No. 37: The Sabres drafted Marcus Davidsson, an 18-year-old winger/center from Sweden.

No. 54: With former Notre Dame goaltender Cal Petersen likely headed to free agency, the Sabres used their second, second-round pick on Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, the No. 1 ranked goalie prospect.

He'll most likely play in Finland for another season but thinks he has a great opportunity with the Sabres given their goalie situation now. 

Luukkonen said growing up, he watched Ryan Miller and right now looks up to fellow Finnish goalie, Pekka Rinne. He also followed another Finnish player, Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen and remembers his Golden Goal at the World Junior Championship in 2014. 

Round 3

No. 89: The Sabres selected their first d-man of the draft, taking defenseman Oskari Laaksonen, a 17-year-old from Sweden.

 

Round 4

No. 99: The Sabres selected Providence College defenseman Jacob Bryson, who had 20 points in his freshman season.

Round 7 

No. 192: For their final pick, the Sabres took left winger Linus Weissbach, who has committed Wisconsin.

© 2017 WGRZ-TV


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