Photo: Nikita Zadorov was one of two defensemen the Buffalo Sabres selected in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
With the eighth and 16th overall picks, the 2013 NHL Draft was the third in six years where the Buffalo Sabres have selected twice in the opening round. This year, general manager Darcy Regier decided to load up on the blue line, adding some much needed size and grit.
Photo: Tappara forward Aleksander Barkov should be the highest drafted Finnish player since Mikael Granlund was chosen ninth overall in 2010 (courtesy of Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
The number of players drafted from Finland will likely never again reach the record numbers prior to the 2004-05 NHL lockout. Since that time, NHL clubs have tended to see how players from Finland and other European countries develop and then sign them as free agents rather than drafting youngsters.
Photo: Top 2013 NHL Draft prospects Aleksander Barkov, Jonathan Drouin, Nathan MacKinnon, and Seth Jones will learn where they begin their professional careers at this month’s draft (courtesy of Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Stanley Cup Finals are still underway between the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks, but much of the attention around the NHL has turned to the 2013 NHL Draft, scheduled for June 30th at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Photo: After sliding very slightly in the rankings the past couple of months, Halifax Mooseheads forward Nathan MacKinnon, shown here taking part in the 2013 CHL Top Prospects Game, has settled into the third slot in the ISS rankings (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
While the previous two months of International Scouting Services' 2013 NHL Draft rankings featured some significant change at the top of the ranks, the March edition instead looks a good bit like the February rankings.
Photo: Portland Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones has been nearly a point-per-game player this season for the CHL's top-ranked team (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
The February edition of International Scouting Service's ranking of the top 30 prospects for the 2013 NHL Draft shows some re-arrangement at the top of the rankings but slightly less volatility among the prospects outside the top 10.