SUNRISE, Fla. - As Day Two of the NHL Draft began here at BB&T Center, it was all but impossible not to keep thinking about what transpired for the Buffalo Sabres on Friday.
So with that in mind -- and knowing that head coach Dan Bylsma is already anxious to put some line combinations into play -- here’s a hypothetical look at how the Sabres might line up against the Ottawa Senators, opening night Oct. 8 at First Niagara Center.
Evander Kane - Ryan O’Reilly - Tyler Ennis
Matt Moulson - Jack Eichel (if he goes pro) - Zemgus Girgensons.
Marcus Foligno - Sam Reinhart - Brian Gionta
Nicolas Deslauriers - Johan Larsson - Jamie McGinn
Extras: David Legwand, Cody McCormick
Josh Gorges - Zach Bogosian
Jake McCabe - Rasmus Ristolainen
Mike Weber - Mark Pysyk
Extra: Chad Ruhwedel
Again, this is strictly an early look to put the recent deals and draft picks into context. Free agency is fast approaching (Wednesday, July 1), and the likelihood - I believe - is high that the club will be looking to add more to the existing roster.