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Rolston is excited about his first draft as an NHL head coach.

Rolston Sees Draft As Opportunity

For a head coach going through his first NHL draft process, new Sabres coach Ron Rolston seems to be pretty calm about his new challenge.  

"It's just the experience," said Rolston.  "For us, we've got an exciting time here with four picks as high as we do."

Rolston knows the challenge ahead dealing with a young team.  With a young team comes the extra challenge of having to grow the team's character as well as making them better hockey players, while at the same time going through the growing pains that comes with that. 

"These players will be a factor in the next couple years." 

Rolston talked with WGR's Paul Hamilton about the upcoming schedule, dealing with player development, with a prospect camp coming up in July. 

As for his coaching staff, Rolston is taking his time hiring who he thinks will fit the best.

"It's a slower process than I thought," said Rolston.  "It's a long process and hopefully by this week, we should have things ironed out."  

Rolston talked more about having to wait for the people they want to interview due to the playoffs still going on at the time. 

"We wanted to make sure we did it right, so we took our time on it.  I think we're going to have a real good staff."

Rolston said he wants to have the right mix in his staff that can work with a young roster.  He wants his staff to be committed to what the team wants to accomplish in Buffalo. 

The Buffalo Sabres hold the 8th and 16th overall picks in the first round, and hold 5 of the first 69 pics in the draft.  Keep it locked on WGR 550 and WGR550.com for all the latest news on the Sabres, and all the talks at the NHL draft. 

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