Photo: Jack Eichel led Boston University to the Frozen Four finals, totalling 71 points (26 goals, 45 assists) in 40 games as a freshman. (Courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
In most cases, a winning record and a championship trophy would be considered a triumphant year, but not for the Buffalo Sabres, a rebuilding team more concerned with stockpiling talent. Losing was winning for the Sabres, because each loss meant getting closer and closer to their prize: Connor McDavid. A generational talent, McDavid could single-handedly alter the course of a franchise and provide multiple winning records and trophies for years to come. Read more»
Photo: Seattle Thunderbirds forward Mathew Barzal was ranked as a top-10 talent, but fell to the New York Islanders at 16th overall in the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
With the 2015 NHL Draft in the rear-view mirror, hope and optimism abounds among NHL organizations and their fans. It’s truly a great time of year, and with 211 picks in the books, this draft should be remembered for years to come. Read more»
Photo: Defenseman Nikita Zadorov is one of several pieces in a trade that brought Ryan O’Reilly to the Buffalo Sabres during the 2015 NHL Draft. (Courtesy of Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire)
The Colorado Avalanche have finally made good on their promise to ship out embattled centre Ryan O’Reilly, sending him to the Buffalo Sabres early in the 2015 NHL draft. Read more»
Photo: Jack Eichel, drafted 2nd overall by the Buffalo Sabres, greets the fans at the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
While the Buffalo Sabres made it fairly obvious that their desire was to select Connor McDavid had they won the NHL Draft Lottery, they instead used the second pick overall at the 2015 NHL Draft to land a player that should lead them for the next decade or more, center Jack Eichel from Boston University.
Photo: Robin Lehner has a career save percentage of .914 in the NHL through five seasons in Ottawa (three of them partial). (Courtesy of Jason Kopinski/Icon Sportswire)
The Ottawa Senators have traded Robin Lehner and David Legwand to the Buffalo Sabres for the 21st overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. The trade ends weeks of speculation that began when the Senators signed Andrew Hammond to a three-year one-way contract on May 20th, a move that left the Sens with three NHL goaltenders. The Senators now own two 1st round selections in today’s draft, at 18th and 21st overall.