BUFFALO, NY - Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier and the team's Director of Amateur Scouting Kevin Devine are holding a news conference Thursday afternoon to discuss the upcoming NHL Draft.
The Sabres currently have11 picks in the draft, including two in the first round -the 8th and 16th overall.
Regier says it will be "extremely difficult if not impossible" to move into one of the top spots of this year's draft, based on conversations he's had as recently as this week.
Devine says the cost of moving up to the top of the draft would set the franchise back.
Devine also says the talent in this year's draft is very deep and with the team's first of two picks in the second round, they are likely to get a player with first round talent.
Unrelated to the draft, Regier says the team is not planning to make a compliance buyout of any player.
He also discussed the futures of Ryan Miller and Thomas Vanek. Regier said ideally he would like to keep both, but added that the two are doing their own evaluations of whether they want to stay in Buffalo after their contracts expire after this season.