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2019 NHL Draft: Day 2 Tracker

Keeping track of Buffalo's picks on Saturday

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

General managers and scouts from around the NHL are ready for Day 2 of the NHL Draft. Sabres GM Jason Botterill and his staff were certainly busy, drafting four players, including three forwards and a goaltender.

Here's how Day 2 played out for Buffalo:

3rd Round (67th overall) - Erik Portillo / Goaltender

With the fifth pick of the third round, Buffalo selected Erik Portillo, a 6-foot-6, 209-pound goaltender from Sweden. Last season with Frolunda Jr. of the U20 SuperElit league, he posted a league-best .931 save percentage and a 1.99 goals-against average in 26 games.

He was selected fifth overall by the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the 2019 USHL Entry Draft and is committed to the University of Michigan. He'll turn 19 on Sept. 3.

Before Round 1 began on Friday, Botterill was asked about the possibility of taking a goaltender at some point during the draft.

The Sabres have Carter Hutton and Linus Ullmark at the NHL level, and Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen is set to make the jump from the OHL to the American Hockey League this season. Luukkonen, drafted in the second round in 2017, won the OHL's most outstanding player award in his first season in Sudbury in 2018-19.

The only other goalie in the organization is 2014 third-round pick Jonas Johansson, who played the majority of last season in Cincinnati of the ECHL.Rochester Americans goaltenders Scott Wedgewood and Adam Wilcox are pending unrestricted free agents.

"Oh, come on, you know we always want more goaltenders," Botterill said jovially. "We're excited still about the growth of Ullmark, we feel, and obviously Luukkonen had a amazing year last year and we're very proud of where he's going to go.

"But yeah, you're always looking to add goaltending to the mix, to the fold, just because you understand it's going to be a longer development and it's always a little bit more difficult predicting that. If you can just have more options in your organization, we're certainly looking to do that."

 

4th Round (102nd overall) - Aaron Huglen / Right Wing

Buffalo traded two picks (122nd overall and 175th overall) to Vancouver in order move up and select Aaron Huglen out of Roseau High School in Minnesota. He served as the team captain and recorded 52 points (17+35) in 24 games.

"Aaron had a fantastic year for us. He was an unquestioned leader for us from Day 1, not just in what he says but in how he practices," Roseau head coach Andy Lundbohm told the Duluth News Tribune. "He was our hardest worker and competed as hard as any kid and more in every drill. He was able to motivate the kids around him without having to really say a whole lot, just by being who he was. He absolutely elevated our whole team's play."

He also suited up for 28 games with Fargo of the USHL and posted 14 points (4+10). The 5-foot-11, 166-pound forward is committed to attend the University of Minnesota. It's likely he'sll spend one more season in the USHL before joining the Gophers.

Huglen is also known for pulling this move off last summer:

Tweet from @usahockey: 🚨 👀😲 @aaronhuglen_8 #TeamUSA leads Canada 3-2 after the opening 20 minutes. #HlinkaGretzkyCup Stats >> https://t.co/vBq4ijXQKQ pic.twitter.com/LyqgT3Zn56

 

5th Round (143rd overall) - Filip Cederqvist / Left Wing

Botterill moved up again, trading picks 177 and 191 to Detroit for pick No. 143. With that selection, Buffalo took left wing Filip Cederqvist out of Vaxjo Jr. of the SuperElit League, where he finished with 32 points (14+18) in 16 games.

The 6-foot-1, 187-pound left wing also had the chance to play with the big club, where he posted four goals and four assists in 33 games with Vaxjo.

 

6th Round (160th overall) - Lukas Rousek / Right Wing

Lukas Rousek is another player who split time with Eurpoean junior league teams and the main professional team. With Sparta Praha, the 5-foot-11, 165-pound right wing recorded nine points (4+5) in 34 games. He also put up 15 points (7+8) in 16 games for Litomerice of the Czech-2 league.

He also represented the Czech Republic in several international tournaments. He turned 20 on April 20.

Tweet from @CZprospects: Lukas Rousek with a beautiful goal, his 2nd in the #Extraliga. 1999-born forward has registered a point in 4 consecutive games. #2019NHLDraft pic.twitter.com/qdfip0rkP5 

Buffalo selected center Dylan Cozens (seventh overall) and defenseman Ryan Johnson (31st overall) in the first round on Friday.

Video: Behind the Scenes: Round 1 of the 2019 NHL Draft

Stay tuned to Sabres.com and our social media channels for full reports from Botterill and the scouting staff.

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