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Can the Buffalo Sabres find another great value pick in this year's first round as they did in 2012?
The 2013 NHL draft will provide the Buffalo Sabres with a phenomenal opportunity to bolster their farm system, as they hold 10 picks through seven rounds.
More importantly, though, is the fact that the Sabres possess four picks in the opening two rounds, including the eighth and 16th overall selections.
Looking through the Sabres' pool of prospects, it's clear that Buffalo needs to add more top-end offensive talent to its system.
With three of their five best prospects being defensemen, according to hockeysfuture.com, the best-case scenario for the Sabres in the first round is to have a defenseman like Rasmus Ristolainen, Nikita Zadorov or Darnell Nurse go off the board in one of the seven picks prior to theirs.
That would all but ensure they are able to scoop up a forward like Elias Lindholm or Sean Monahan.
With the 16th overall pick, adding to their depth in goal could be the best possible choice, with quality goaltending being another issue within their farm system and a player like Zachary Fucale potentially slipping as far as pick No. 16. The Sabres may also choose to further bulk up their skill up front by selecting someone like Kerby Rychel, Bo Horvat, Adam Erne or Frederik Gauthier.
From there on out, it's all about selecting the best player available, especially in the second round, where there should be some considerable talent remaining thanks to the deep nature of this year's draft class.