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Watching future Sabres?



If you'd like to do a little scouting and take a look at some players who might be future members of the Buffalo Sabres, check out the Memorial Cup which starts tonight, and runs through May 26.

 

A number of top prospects, including the likely first three picks in the June draft, will be on display.

 

The biggest names are Seth Jones of the Portland Winterhawks and Halifax Mooseheads teammates Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin.

 

Jones is a 6'4", 206 pound defenseman and could go first overall to the Colorado Avalanche.  A physical, all around defenseman, Jones had 14 goals and 42 assists and was the top ranked North American skater in the final rankings of the NHL's Central Scouting Bureau.

 

MacKinnon is considered by many as a franchise changing player.  A 5'11", 179 pound center, MacKinnon had 32 goals and 43 assists for the Mooseheads.  He was second in the CSB rankings.

 

MacKinnon's teammate and linemate, Drouin, was third.  The 5'11" 176 pound left winger scored 41 goals and added 64 assists.

 

The London Knights have three players who could all be selected in the first round.  Bo Horvat is 6'0" 203 pounds and plays left wing.  The CSB had Horvat 15th in the final rankings but Horvat's stock is rising after he earned MVP honors with a 16 goal performance in the Ontario Hockey League playoffs.  Horvat had 33 goals and 28 assists in the regular season.

 

Knights center Max Domi(yes he is the son of former NHL tough guy Tie Domi). had 39 goals and 48 assists.  He's only 5'9", which is keeping his stock down in the opinion of some scouts.  Domi was 19th in the CSB rankings.

 

The first round will feature a talented group of defensemen including London's Nikita Zadorov.  He's 6'0", 228 pounds and considered a very physical presence along the blue line. The native of Moscow ended up 22nd in the final CSB ratings.

 

The Memorial Cup games can be seen on tape delay on NHL Network.

 

The Buffalo Sabres have one prospect in the tournament.  Saskatoon goalie Andrei Makarov had a 2.62 goals against average and .919 save percentage in a season where he had an 18 game win streak.

 

You can hear what Kris Baker( Sabresprospects.com) had to say about these prospects during an interview on WGR on Friday:


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