CHICAGO - What was billed as an unpredictable first round lived up to the hype. That is at least if you ask Casey Mittelstadt, who watched in uncertainty as names ticked off the board at United Center one-by-one until Jason Botterill finally announced that the Buffalo Sabres had selected him with the eighth pick on Friday night.
Mittelstadt had met with the Sabres while he was in Buffalo for the NHL Scouting Combine earlier this month, but even that didn't quell his uncertainty.
"To be honest, I really wasn't sure. You go to the combine and you get some easy interviews, some hard interviews," Mittelstadt said, donning his Sabres sweater for the first time. "It's really hard to tell. No one really gives you [an indication] one way or the other. I really had no idea, but I was thrilled to go here."