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'We took huge steps' | 8 takeaways from the NHL Draft

What we learned during a busy 48 hours for the Sabres

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Kevyn Adams and his staff had added 13 players to the organization over 48 hours by the time the Buffalo Sabres general manager sat down with the media after Day 2 of the NHL Draft on Tuesday. 

The weekend represented a step in the direction Adams has outlined since the end of the season, with an emphasis on bringing in competitive players who fit within a long-term vision.

"We need to create a culture here and a foundation that is strong and that is almost one of those situations where they get up in the morning, they just can't wait to get to the rink," Adams said. "… It's so easy to say, but it's hard to do. 

"But I've said this probably since the season ended when I talked to [the media]. I see signs of it, and that excites me. The foundation of our organization has to be built the right way, has to be strong. And I think we took huge steps this weekend." 

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Sabres 2021 NHL Draft Coverage: Day 2 Selections

Tracking Buffalo's picks in Rounds 2-7

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

The Sabres hold nine Day 2 picks in the NHL Draft after selecting defenseman Owen Power (first overall) and right wing Isak Rosen (14th overall) during the first round on Friday. 

This page will be update throughout Saturday as picks are made. 

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Sabres set to select 9 times on Day 2 of 2021 NHL Draft

Buffalo picked Power and Rosen in Round 1 on Friday

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

When the 2021 NHL Draft resumes Saturday morning, the Buffalo Sabres will once again make the first pick of the day.

The draft will begin at 11 a.m. on NHL Network for Rounds 2-7.

Buffalo enters the Day 2 with nine selections, including 33rd overall. The Sabres took two players in the first round last night. They made University of Michigan defenseman Owen Power the first-overall pick and then selected Swedish right wing Isak Rosen 14th overall.

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Sabres take step forward with additions of Power, Rosen

Recapping Day 1 of the NHL Draft

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Kevyn Adams described an "unbelievable opportunity" in front of the Buffalo Sabres on the eve of the NHL Draft, a chance to add players who fit within a long-term organizational vision. 

The Sabres made a series of moves to that end on Friday. The team selected defenseman Owen Power with the No. 1 overall pick. They added the 14th overall pick as part of a package from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen, which they used to select forward Isak Rosen (the package also included a second-round pick in 2022). 

"Like I said yesterday, this is an exciting weekend because I feel we have an amazing opportunity as an organization to take a step forward and add quality players to our organization," Adams said afterward. 

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Sabres take Rosen with 14th-overall pick in 2021 NHL Draft

Buffalo acquired pick in trade with Flyers

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres selected right wing Isak Rosen with the 14th-overall selection in the NHL Draft.

Buffalo acquired the pick earlier in the day from the Philadelphia Flyers along with a 2023 second-round pick and defenseman Robert Hagg for defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen. 

Rosen appeared in 22 games with Leksands of the SHL in 2020-21. He also skated in 12 games with their junior club, recording 12 points (7+5). He produced 21 goals and 35 points in 38 games with Leksand's junior team in 2019-20, the highest total by an under-17 player in Sweden's top junior league that season.

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Sabres select Power with 1st-overall pick in 2021 NHL Draft

Defenseman was Central Scouting's top-ranked North American skater

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

With the first-overall pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, the Buffalo Sabres selected University of Michigan defenseman Owen Power. 

Power is Buffalo's fourth first-overall pick in franchise history, joining Gilbert Perreault (1970), Pierre Turgeon (1987) and Rasmus Dahlin (2018). 

The top-ranked North American player by the NHL's Central Scouting Services, Power recorded three goals and 16 points in 26 games during his freshman season in Ann Arbor. 

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Sabres hold 11 picks heading into tonight's 2021 NHL Draft

What Sabres fans need to know before Buffalo selects 1st overall

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres are on the clock. General manager Kevyn Adams is set to make the first pick of the 2021 NHL Draft tonight at 8 p.m. on ESPN2. 

Thursday morning, Adams, associate general manger Jason Karmanos and director of amateur scouting Jerry Forton met with the media to discuss the current state of the Sabres and what they could do with their 10 selections.

Buffalo currently holds six picks in the Top 100, including the first-overall pick and two picks in the second round (33rd and 52nd overall).

UPDATE (2:15 p.m.) - Buffalo has acquired a first-round pick (14th overall) in 2021, a second-round pick in 2023, and defensemen Robert Hagg in a trade with the Philadelphia Flyers for defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen. Buffalo now holds 11 picks in the 2021 NHL Draft, including seven in the Top 100.

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'An unbelievable opportunity' | Front office looks ahead to NHL Draft

Takeaways from Thursday's press conference

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Kevyn Adams kept his cards close to the vest Thursday when asked about who the Buffalo Sabres will select with the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft. 

Adams has said since winning the lottery in May that he has no plans to reveal the pick ahead of time, a stance he maintained on the eve of the draft. 

"We're excited about the player we're going to get at No. 1," Adams said. "So, that's all I'll give you."

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NHL Draft Prospect Profile: Kent Johnson

Michigan forward touted for offensive skill

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Sabres.com is profiling some of the top available prospects in the days leading up to the 2021 NHL Draft, which begins with Round 1 on Friday, July 23 at 8 p.m. The Sabres hold the No. 1 pick. 

Kent Johnson, C / LW - University of Michigan (Big Ten)
6-foot-1, 167 pounds
2020-21: 26 GP, 9 G, 18 A, 27 P

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NHL Draft Prospect Profile: Luke Hughes

Defenseman looks to follow in brothers' footsteps as a top-10 pick

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Sabres.com is profiling some of the top available prospects in the days leading up to the 2021 NHL Draft, which begins with Round 1 on Friday, July 23 at 8 p.m. The Sabres hold the No. 1 pick. 

Luke Hughes, LHD - USNTDP (USHL)
6-foot-2, 184 pounds
2020-21: 56 GP, 10 G, 39 A, 49 P

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