Despite the upheaval this may cause, it could be a great option for a rebuilding team such as the Sabres. However, that notion completely depends on which players Tim Murray values.
As with every major event in the NHL that includes roster moves, there are plenty of rumors circulating about the Sabres potentially shopping their pick and what they'd be asking for it.
As with every other time, 99 percent of those rumors are either false or not going to happen. Yet one can easily make the assumption that if the Sabres were to make a move, it would include a swap of first-round picks and an established roster player, most likely a top-six forward.
So, with the price assumed to be high, it comes down to whom Murray would be happy walking away with in the first round.
Names like Nikolaj Ehlers, William Nylander, Brendan Perlini and Kevin Fiala are all extremely talented players likely to be available in the latter half of the top 10, and if Murray likes any or all of them, he certainly could be talked into moving down.
One thing is for certain: There will be teams interested in moving up in the draft. According to Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun (h/t MyNHLTradeRumors.com), the Toronto Maple Leafs have been the target of such rumors, but it's likely most teams are at least tossing around the idea, especially if Aaron Ekblad falls to the Sabres.
The talk surrounding this will increase as June 27 nears, as it did last year with the Sabres and the Colorado Avalanche regarding the first overall pick.
Until then, Sabres fans will just have to strap in and go along for the ride.
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