Sabres Draft, Day 2: Doin’ Werk, Makin’ Epiphanies

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“Werk:” Internet slang for “expression of approval, praise.”

So now you know.

Kudos to all the NHL staffers and NHL bloggers out there that made the draft a fun couple of days.

Day 1 saw the extraordinary event wherein Darcy Regier selected the Sabres’ likely #1 and #2 centers for the next ten years in Mikhail Grigorenko and Zemgus Girgensons. Not to be overlooked, day 2 of the NHL Draft produced what could turn out to be a solid crop of prospects for the Buffalo Sabres.

Here is a quick run down of the boys selected by the Blue and Gold in rounds 2-7 (this post includes salient information and also a hearty spoonful of stupid witticisms. Proceed, but remember, Draftday is Funday – and we like to keep it light here on BSN for all the fidgety prospects out there that just got selected):

2nd Round

Jake McCabe (D): 6’1″, 201 lbs – profile

After that initial run on centers, Regier selected a solid defenseman:

McCabe projects as a solid two-way blueliner at the NHL level.  His ceiling is that of a second pairing blue liner.  McCabe has the physical tools and skills to get special teams time as both a PKer, and as a defenceman on the second unit of a PP.  We think his potential is to end up as a similar player to Carl Gunnarson of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

From there, Buffalo’s run on Centers resumed.

3rd Round

Justin Kea (C): 6’4″, 201 lbs

This kid is big, and he can be mean. He’s already building up a nice little resume at HockeyFights.com, but I’ll let him speak for himself here:

“I think I’m a good strong two-way player, and I’m pretty good defensively,” Kea said before the draft. “And I think if people watch me they can see that.”

And from the scouts:

“I think somebody’s going to give him a shot, because 6-foot-4, 211, good skating forwards don’t grow on trees,” scout Ryan Yessie of Hockey Prospect said. “You don’t get guys like that that come around too often.”

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Of course he didn’t “grow from trees.” He IS A TREE. And what is going to fall from this tree if he makes the NHL? Gloves, baby. Gloves.

 *Disclaimer: I am totally against fighting in the NHL. That being said, his “scorecard” merits his toughness and his capacity as a guy who, well, won’t let teams run his goaltender.

*****

After this selection, I finally had this epiphany:

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Did somebody just say “The Ray/May/Sweeney line?” Slow skating, but vicious in the pixellated blood-spilling department. Add in Gord Donnelly and Ken Sutton on D – now that was a drinkin’ man’s group of five. Good times.

So there was that fun. Nothing like a College/Genny Cream flashback to spice up the Twitter.

*****

4th Round 

The Sabres did not have a selection here, having lost it to the Islanders in the trade that brought us the negotiating rights to Christian Ehrhoff. The Isles took Loic Leduc, and that there is likely the last time you’ll read his name. We win. Moving on.

5th Round

Another epiphany (concerning the Sabres’ run on centers):

*****

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Wait and see.

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Logan Nelson (C) 6’1″, 178 lbs.

The Sabres’ scouts had met with this pivot, so this selection was of no big surprise.

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Maybe just a little surprise for the experts at “Hockey’s Future.” Seriously now, 0.0? What the what? Get some interns and fill in the blanks for draft day.

Per the above link, Nelson was ranked 73rd in the draft, and the Sabres snapped him up with the 133rd pick. We win, again. Moving on.

6th Round

Linus Ullmark (G) 6’3″, 198 lbs.

Bill Hoppe summed up Ullmark for all the casual fans out there on Twitter, while we all scrambled for some info on this kid.

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For all the casual Internet users out there, using Google Chrome, right click on the page and select “translate to English.” The link I provided Bill was of no real statistical value, but was a good read on his demeanor.

- Nervous, not at all, this feels just inspiring, says 18-year-old goalkeeper Linus Ullmark without trembling in her voice.

MoDo is normally the ordinary second in the bag, Anton Forsberg, is the national team and plays the JVM during the Christmas and New Year holidays.Therefore they picked up Linus Ullmark in place and he really likes what’s up:

- Of course it’s fun to train and now play with the first team. They’re the guys you had as their idols while growing up, says Linus.

We meet Linus Ullmark in Fjällräven Center for MoDo last training session before the first team short julvilan. He laughs loudly and frequently, and it shows him that he really enjoys the position.

Again, not much of value statistically there, but you get some insight there that stats can’t provide. In any event, he’ll be a part of the complicated puzzle that will be the post-apocalyptic (or glorious, depending on which side of the fence you are yelling from) Post Ryan Miller Era.

Also, his penchant for “laughing loudly and frequently” brings back memories of a certain former Sabres netminder that we all know and love…

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Marty!

I know. There will never be another Marty Biron. Still, we might get enlightened on a lot of Swedish humor if Ullmark makes it in between the pipes at the FNC. Far more importantly, “The Goalie Guild” certainly thinks highly of him:

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And that is good enough for me. The GG is very deeply immersed in all things goaltending. Check the site out sometime – it’ll be well worth your time.

7th Round:

The 7th round brought Buffalo 2 picks, which made for a nice “two picks in the 1st” “two picks in the 7th” bookend set. Here’s what they did with them:

Brady Austin (D) 6’4″, 230 lbs

Brady paused the trend of “Take all of the Big Centers” from the Sabres’ draft table. He hails from Bobcaygeon, so Tragically Hip fans will be clamoring for this kid and his namesake soundtrack to make the big leagues, and soon (get ready, #SabreTunes).

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A fact that I was quick to point out.

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…and one that Vogl was quick to steal.

To set the record straight: I did tweet this glorious bit of intensely important Hip-related info a good 30-45 seconds before Vogl got his off. But then, he included a link to the song, so I’ll call a tie here. Besides, we’re all just a series of ones and zeros on this crazy Internet thing ( #ZenPower).

I think that was just another epiphany.

Anyway, Austin had spent some time playing forward for the Erie Otters. Save that in your trivia bank, you just might thank me some day. Next, the Sabres selected -

Judd Peterson (C), 6′,190 lbs.

In perhaps the most amazing stat of the day, “Die by the Blade” reported this:

He scored 47 goals on just 52 shots – that’s a 92.2% shooting percentage!

That has got to be a typo.

Hopefully not.

Peterson’s late birthday (September 27) got him to thinking that, if passed over in this draft, that he would go in the top three rounds in the 2013 draft. According to that linked article, he was also a finalist for “Mr. Hockey” last winter, which is a pretty big deal in Michigan – a hot bed for hockey growth and development.

Let’s hope he was right in his self-assessment, as this pick may have been a real steal.

The day thusly ended, I’ll leave you with my finest epiphany of the day. I know it’s a good one, because, as we all know, 30+ retweets on Twitter transforms any moronic thought into absolute fact. Enjoy:

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Go Sabres.

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