The Buffalo Sabres held three First Round picks in the NHL 2022 Entry Draft and were used to select three Centers at the 9th, 16th, and 28th position and all three of these 18-year-olds are at least two seasons from contributing to the NHL.
The first player drafted at the ninth spot was Matthew Savoie a WHL 5’ 9”, 179 lbs, right-shooting Center, born on New Year’s Day from St Albert just on the outskirts of Edmonton, has been discussed moving to the wing.
At 16 the Sabres selected Noah Ostlund a Swedish, 5’ 11”, 165 lbs, left-shooting Center that has good vision, playmaking, skating, and puck handling the only knock being he plays like one of the Sedin twins Henrik who lacked high-end offensive skills.
Buffalo used their third first-round pick at the 28th position and selected Jiri Kulich a Czechia, 6’ 0”, 179 lbs, left-shooting Center heralded for his playmaking abilities.
Montreal had put on a fast-paced draft that was entertaining and informative with the sad mention of Mr. Marchment passing by all and recognized and thanked by the Sharks organization.