2010 NHL Draft Round 1: Sabres Take Pysyk, Could've Had Better

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2010 NHL Draft Round 1: Sabres Take Pysyk, Could've Had Better

On Friday night, round one of the 2010 Entry Draft hit four hours as many were surprised by some of the selections. Taylor Hall went first overall to Edmonton, followed by Tyler Seguin to Boston.

Boston already has enough centers on the team as of right now. The Bruins may be looking to move a couple via trade, but there will have to be room for Seguin in the future. Boston and Edmonton could have gotten together and helped each other out.

It would have been beneficial for both clubs to swap the picks, while Boston sends Tim Thomas to Edmonton. The Oilers are in need for a goaltender, and Thomas could have solidified that spot. The pick swap would have allowed Boston to take Hall, and Edmonton then would get Seguin. This suggested trade could have improved both clubs.

Buffalo was not even mentioned until the No. 23 overall pick came up. The Sabres end up choosing Mark Pysyk, a defensman from the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League. He was described as a safe and steady player, which is not what Buffalo needs right now.

It was rumored that the Sabres were going after Jarred Tinordi, but the Montreal Canadiens took him with the No. 22 overall pick after swapping in a trade.

It was a typical Darcy Regier thing to do by playing it safe. Buffalo had the chance to take players like Quentin Howden or Emerson Etem. 

Etem scored 65 points in 72 games with the Medicine Hat Tigers of the WHL this past season. The 19 year old center would have been a solid pick by the Sabres.

Pysyk scored 24 points in 48 games for the Oil Kings last season and is another so-so defenseman that will be in Portland for a couple of years. 

Perhaps the Sabres are preparing for backups if Henrik Tallinder and Toni Lydman leave town. Not only that, but Craig Rivet is going to be out for a few months due to surgery, which could force him to miss playing time come October.

Pysyk is not a horrible pick by the Sabres, but they could have done much better. If they really wanted a higher quality player, Regier could have traded up a few spots, especially with Cam Fowler and Brandon Gormley going 12th and 13th. Imagine one of those guys being paired up with Tyler Myers in a year or two.

The Sabres will not pick again until the third round, but will then have three picks in 15 spots. Buffalo also has one selection in each of the last four rounds as well.

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