Buffalo – General Manager Kevin Adams said Monday that the Buffalo Sabers are keeping their options open with their three first-round picks at the 2022 Upper Deck NHL Draft.
“I’d still say if it’s for now, that’s probably where I feel comfortable with [keeping the picks], but we’ll also make sure that we’re having all these conversations. Adams said. We will do everything we believe is the best thing possible for our organization, putting us in the best position to move forward, both in the short and long term. So, that’s what we’re balancing.
“…but I also see it as a crucial opportunity for our organization to move forward and build. And that’s why it’s a very exciting time.”
Cypress has picks #9, 16 (obtained from the Vegas Golden Knights as part of the trade ahead Jack Eichel) and 28 (from the Florida Panthers, as part of the Trade Forward Sam Reinhart on July 24, 2021) in the first round of this year’s draft, which will be held on July 7 at the Bell Center in Montreal. Rounds 2-7 will be held on July 8th.
“To have a top-ten pick, to have a pick in the middle of the first round, and then a late pick for the first round puts us in such a unique position, for a lot of reasons,” Adams said. . “One of them is that I can’t imagine that often every player you look at really in the first round is within our means. You do your due diligence on each option individually because you spread those picks.
“The other thing is that having multiple picks gives you the currency if you’re going to try to make a move, whether it’s to trade with a team that’s going to do something for our roster, whether it’s to get up in the draft or go down the draft. All of those things are on because we have the assets. So This is a really unique and exciting opportunity for us.”
Additional assets could help the Sabers fill in the gaps after they finished strong, as they went 16-9-3 during the last 28 games of the season. Buffalo has immediate needs, most notably on target, and isn’t expected to be involved in a major way when the free agency begins July 13.
“You certainly assess where you are as an organization and what is going on now and then project long-term,” Adams said.
Adams said it’s a delicate balance between trying to build the Sabers system while also seeing growth from the existing group. Buffalo (32-39-11) has not qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs since 2011.
“You definitely want to make sure you are prepared for every possible scenario, which is what we do, the phone calls and conversations to make sure we know what options are available to us,” Adams said. “But also what you balance on is the long term, the pipeline you need, and I really think you need to build a strong pipeline of prospects.
“We want to put ourselves in a position to have sustainable success as an organization and we will be in a position where, as our roster evolves, and since you have to make decisions years later, we have a potential pool that can come in and step in and become the next generation. So you balance now And where your listing is and what assets you own are probably going to do something against the long-term view. That’s why you have the conversations, you make the decisions. But that’s kind of what we’re in the middle of right now.”