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After Miller and Vanek's future, the next question on Sabres fans' minds is whether or not the Sabres will—or will be able to—move up in the draft order.
The last few weeks have shown exactly how expensive it will be to do so, with it being revealed that the Calgary Flames' general manager Jay Feaster offered Colordado all three of their first-round picks—Nos. 6, 22 and 28—for the first overall pick, which was unceremoniously denied.
In this draft that's a huge haul, with all three of those picks likely to make some sort of impact in the short-term for your team.
While the Sabres would love to get in the mix in the top-four, the reality is the prices may be prohibitive to do so. Regardless of what you may think about the current makeup of the Sabres, they cannot give up that much in order to take one guy, because they need more than one guy to fix their issues.
The first pick that looks "available" is the fifth pick, with many rumors swirling that the Carolina Hurricanes are willing to trade down. If Darcy were to move up to five, it would likely be to draft Valeri Nichushkin, the huge, talented winger from Russia, who has a chance to go in the top four.
Calgary and Edmonton are other possibilities, but that would only be to secure a guy you felt either of them were about to take. Assuming the Sabres stay put at the eighth pick, it is likely they take either Sean Monahan or Elias Lindholm, both of whom Calgary is likely to target as well. So if the Sabres want their pick of the two and not the one that falls to them, they may want to flip up two picks. Edmonton likely has eyes on defenseman Darnell Nurse, so the only reason to get above them is to grab him.
Despite prices, the phones will be busy today and tomorrow morning.