Sabers will learn at the NHL draft lottery if they have two of the first two rounds | Buffalo Sabers Stories

Lottery balls will confirm Tuesday night where the Sabers select the first line of NHL preparation and whether they will have the first two choices.

Kevyn Adams, general manager of Sabers, has a 5% chance of winning the first consecutive second year election with the NHL lottery held at 6:30 pm. New Jersey, Columbus, Ottawa and Detroit. The event will be broadcast on ESPN.

But the Sabers could also have 16 other top options. Vegas’ first choice to move to Buffalo if it doesn’t make it into the top 10, as explained in Jack Eichel’s commercial. The Golden Knights have a very good 16-lottery chance after missing out on the Stanley Cup Playoffs and have a 0.5% chance of jumping 10 spots. They can’t get higher than the sixth.

If Las Vegas ignores the situation and selects the top 10, they will retain that choice and send their first 2023 election to the Sabers, no matter the consequences of next season.

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The Sabers are guaranteed to have at least two choices in the first round of preparations, which will take place July 7-8 in Montreal. He has his picks and what he got from the Florida Panthers in the business of Sam Reinhart, who arrived late around the corner. And while much could change from now until the preparation date, Adams told reporters last week that he hopes to keep what he wants.

It seems that every Saber player on the list, regardless of his experience, did well under Granato with his staff.

“I think when it comes to preparations for this year, we will be free,” Adams said. “We will have discussions. Is there something else we do that we think will put us in a better position? Then we’ll do it. What we cannot do is do what we think is a temporary solution because that is what I have already said. That’s not where we’re at right now.

“If you put me in that position, I hope we will make our three choices. I believe in the evil you have to do.”

The waiting pipeline received the necessary upgrades last July, with the Sabers selecting Owen Power for the first time, followed by Isak Rosen, Prokhor Poltapov, Aleksandr Kisakov, Stiven Sardarian, Josh Bloom, Olivier Nadeau, Viljami Marjala, William Von Barkenak and Nikita Noviko Noviko .

Jason Botterill’s previous salesman left Adams with five choices in the 2020 season. And although two of Buffalo’s nominees, Jack Quinn and JJ Peterka, are at the top of the NHL following impressive seasons in Rochester, little talent is needed in the team.

Since the 2018 preparations, only three of the 17 Sabers nominees after completing the second round have signed entry contracts: Matej Pekar (fourth row, 2018), Lukas Rousek (seventh row, 2019) and Bloom (third line, 2021).

Two well-known prospects, footballer Erik Portillo (third line, 2019) and defender Ryan Johnson (first line, 2019), are expected to return to their NCAA schools next season and are eligible for unlimited assistants in the summer of 2023.

The pipeline was boosted by the discovery of player Devon Levi on a Reinhart deal, but he opted to play another season at Northeastern University following a year-breaking sophomore record. The Sabers have Levi’s NHL rights until the summer of 2024.

The initial return from the Sabers prepared classes for 2019 and 2021 looks encouraging, yet future development and injury are hard to predict. And they can take advantage of the technical potential of the prospects available in this plan.

According to the latest NHL Central Scouting rankings, the top North American players are Shane Wright (Kingston, OHL), Logan Cooley (USA Hockey National Team Development Program), left wing Cutter Gauthier (NTDP), and Matthew Savoie (Winnipeg). , WHL) and middle Conor Geekie (Winnipeg). The top players in Europe are left wingers Juraj Slafkovsky, right wing Joakim Kemell, defender Simon Nemec, defender David Jiricek and center midfielder Marco Kasper.

“When we talk about long-term success, you need talent,” Adams said. “You need talent that can come from Rochester, and you don’t have to rush it. You can let them grow and grow. And then when they are ready, boom, they are here and they are ready to be involved, not just survive.”

The Amks ’postseason continues on the road Tuesday with Game 1 in a very good second straight series against Utica Comets. Rochester let go of frustration in the first round, sweeping Belleville Senators in two games behind Brett Murray’s extra goal Friday night.

But this discrepancy is much more serious. The Comets ’43rd annual long-term victory was ranked third in the American Hockey League, behind Chicago (50) and Stockton (45). Utica received incentives from the New Jersey Devils in the 2020 first-round draw for Alexander Holtz and defender Fabian Zetterlund, who had a 24-goal deficit season.

Aaron Dell is expected to remain in the Rochester target, who has no hope of Sabers Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen due to injury. Arttu Ruotsalainen is the leading scorer in the Amerks’ first-team game, with 18 goals and 51 points in 57 games this season.

Luukkonen remains “week after week,” said coach Seth Appert, with defense Mattias Samuelsson on a daily basis. Winger Linus Weissbach, who was injured in Game 1 against Belleville, is still missing.

Here is the whole list, if four or five games are necessary:

Game 2: Saturday, May 14 in Utica, 7pm

Game 3: Sunday, May 15 in Rochester, 5:05 pm

Game 4: Tuesday, May 17 in Rochester, 7:05 pm

Game 5: Thursday, May 19 in Utica, 7pm

Sabers Center Dylan Cozens has been selected to represent Canada at the IIHF World Championship, which will take place from May 13-29 in Finland. Cozens, 21, had 13 goals and 38 points in 79 Buffalo games this season. He previously played for his homeland at the World Juniors, where he won gold in 2021 and finished second in the competition and scored in 2021.


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