SenShot Mock Draft Pick #16 – Buffalo Sabres

As the second half of the first round kicks off, we get to the first team that has a 2nd first round pick.  The Sabres acquired the #16 pick from the Minnesota Wild in the Jason Pominville trade at the deadline.

#16 BUFFALO SABRES

 

Apr 14, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres defenseman Christian Ehrhoff (10) celebrates his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the game at the First Niagara Center. Sabres beat the Lightning 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

TEAM STRENGTHS:  Future depth up the middle

TEAM WEAKNESSES:  questions in goal, need help on the wings

HOCKEY’S FUTURE ORGANIZATIONAL PROSPECT RANK: 9th of 30 teams

UNDER CONSIDERATION:  Alexander Wennburg, Josh Morrissey, Nicholas Petan, Samuel Morin

 

FANSIDED MOCK DRAFT PICK: Sabre Noise selected Adam Erne.

 

SENSHOT’S CHOICE: Frederik Gauthier from the Rimouski Oceanic of the QMJHL. The first thing that stands out about Gauthier is his size.  At 6’5″, he cuts an imposing figure, which is kind of what the Sabres need up front.  The Sabres have been small where there skill players are concerned, and this pick would break that mold.  He is a point per game player in the Q and is responsible defensively, with a +22 rating this past season.

MOCK DRAFT TO DATE (click on team to view the selection):

PICK TEAM PICK
1 COLORADO Seth Jones, Portland (WHL)
2 FLORIDA Jonathan Drouin, Halifax (QMJHL)
3 TAMPA Nathan MacKinnon, Halifax (QMJHL)
4 NASHVILLE Valeri Nichushkin, Chelijabinsk 2 (KHL)
5 CAROLINA Darnell Nurse, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
6 CALGARY Sean Monahan, Ottawa (OHL)
7 EDMONTON Nikita Zadorov, London (OHL)
8 BUFFALO Max Domi, London (OHL)
9 NEW JERSEY Alexsander Barkov, Tappera (FIN)
10 DALLAS Hunter Shinkaruk, Medicine Hat (WHL)
11 PHILADELPHIA Zachary Furcale, Halifax (QMJHL)
12 PHOENIX Anthony Mantha, Val D’Or (QMJHL)
13 WINNIPEG Elias Lindholm, Brynas (SEL)
14 COLUMBUS Bo Horvat, London (OHL)
15 NYI Adam Erne, Quebec (QMJHL)
16 BUFFALO Frederik Gauthier, Rimouski (QMJHL)

Topics: Adam Erne, Buffalo Sabres, Frederik Gauthier, NHL Mock Draft

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