Charging Forward: Buffalo Sabres 2011 NHL Draft Weekend Review and Grades

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Charging Forward: Buffalo Sabres 2011 NHL Draft Weekend Review and Grades
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It was a busy, exciting and for awhile, stressful weekend for Sabres fans and the front office, but in the end, it's hard not to come away pleased with what has transpired over the last 72 hours. Both of the Sabres two major needs heading into this offseason, defensive leadership and a No. 1 center, were addressed (although to different degrees).

The new management under owner Terry Pegula did their best to make their mark on this franchise and gear up the Sabres for a run at the Stanley Cup in 2011-2012. It's clear to fans that this is no longer the old Sabres front office, where draft day trades were about as frequent as a Haley's Comet sighting and North American skaters were the only players considered in the draft. This is a brand new world for Sabres fans, and an exciting one at that.

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