'Sabres: Embedded' goes behind the scenes of 2022 NHL Draft
New episode will premiere August 11 at 7 p.m.by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com
The Buffalo Sabres made three selections in the first round of the 2022 NHL Draft and "Buffalo Sabres: Embedded" was there to capture all of the drama and excitement.
"Building The Pipeline" presented by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York will premiere Thursday, August 11 at 7 p.m. on the Sabres' official YouTube channel. It will be available on Sabres.com later that evening.
Takeaways from the Sabres' Class of 2022
The Sabres made 11 picks for the 2nd straight yearby Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com
MONTREAL - Jerry Forton was moved to tears while describing the job done by Sabres general manager Kevyn Adams in leading his third NHL Draft.
Forton, the Sabres' director of amateur scouting, has been with the organization in various capacities since 2013. While this was his third draft with Adams, it was their first in a traditional setting on the draft floor. The last two events were conducted virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"You know what I love about Kevyn, is he's so level-headed," Forton said, then taking a long pause to gather his thoughts.
"He includes everyone. Let's everyone do their jobs. And he's done an incredible job at bringing this entire organization together. I've seen it firsthand. We've obviously been through a lot, not only the last month or so but the whole organization's been through a lot since I've been here. To see the coaches and the development staff and the Rochester staff and all our support staff, how everyone works together, to me that all starts with the Pegulas and Kevyn."
2022 NHL Draft Tracker: Sabres pick 8 players on Day 2
Buffalo selected 5 forwards, 2 defensemen and a goaltender on Fridayby Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com
The Buffalo Sabres made eight picks Friday during Day 2 of the 2022 NHL Draft.
In Round 1, the Sabres selected three centers: Matt Savoie (9th overall), Noah Ostlund (16th overall) and Jiri Kulich (28th overall). The Sabres made 11 picks total, including eight forwards, two defensemen and a goaltender.
This post was updated throughout the day.
'We got players we believe in' | Sabres add to forward depth in Round 1
Takeaways from Day 1 of the NHL Draft in Montrealby Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com
MONTREAL - Kevyn Adams said all along he would feel confident making the Buffalo Sabres' three selections in the first round at ninth, 16th, and 28th overall.
Following a hectic day of conversations - including at least one close call with the Senators - the Sabres general manager did just that. Three trips to the Bell Center stage resulted in three skilled forwards joining the organizational depth chart, all of whom have experience playing center.
The picks: Matthew Savoie at No. 9, Noah Ostlund at 16, and Jiri Kulich at 28.
"It was a really good day for our organization," Adams said. "I feel really strongly that we got players that we believe in. They all have different attributes, but very, very competitive players. … Guys that we think are Sabres, and they're going to help us."
Sabres take Kulich 28th overall at 2022 NHL Draft
Forward posted most points by a junior-aged player in Czechia's top pro leagueby Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com
The Buffalo Sabres have selected center Jiri Kulich with the 28th-overall pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.
With Karlov Vary in Czechia's top professional league, he recorded 14 points (9+15) in 49 games played, more points than any junior-aged player in the league.
Sabres select Ostlund with 16th-overall pick in 2022 NHL Draft
Forward led Swedish junior team in assists last seasonby Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com
The Buffalo Sabres have selected center Noah Ostlund with the 16th-overall pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.
Ostlund produced 42 points (9+33) in 32 games for Djurgarden's Jr. team in the Swedish Jr. League last season.
He led Djurgardens in assists (33), ranked second on the team in plus/minus (plus-30) and finished third on the team in points last season.
Sabres take Savoie 9th overall at 2022 NHL Draft
Forward led all WHL rookies in scoring last seasonby Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com
With the ninth-overall selection in the 2022 NHL Draft, the Buffalo Sabres have selected center Matthew Savoie.
The 5-foot-9, 175-pound native of St. Albert, Alberta recorded 90 points (35+55) in 65 games for the Winnipeg ICE of the WHL.
He was ranked No. 4 among North American-based skaters by NHL Central Scouting.
9 takeaways from Media Day at the NHL Draft
Notes on the Sabres' 1st-round picks, Olofsson's contract, and moreby Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com
MONTREAL - Kevyn Adams spent his first two drafts as an NHL general manager in the familiar confines of the KeyBank Center offices, holed up in a war room alongside fellow staff members.
Those drafts were conducted virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year presents a more traditional experience, with the entire hockey world having descended upon Montreal for the NHL Draft at Bell Centre on Thursday and Friday.
And Adams - with the Sabres in control of picks Nos. 9, 16, and 28 in the first round - has plenty of people who want to talk to him.
"When you have three first-round picks, you become popular," Adams said Wednesday evening, with just a tad over 24 hours remaining before the start of Round 1.
"… You're in conversations and nothing's off the table. Like I said, conversations about moving up, conversations about moving back, conversations about what you can do with something to help your roster now. We're balancing all those. The hours are moving fast right now. Things are busy."
Watch Sabres.com's 2022 NHL Draft Preview Show now
Everything Sabres fans need to know heading into this year's draftby Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com
Round 1 of the 2022 NHL Draft kicks off Thursday night in Montreal. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. on ESPN and ESPN+.
The Buffalo Sabres have three picks in the first round and 11 total. After Buffalo makes its first selection - currently slated for ninth overall - tune in to the team's official Facebook page for live reaction from Sabres broadcasters Brian Duff and Martin Biron at Bell Centre.
Over the past few weeks, Sabres.com has been working to get you ready for the draft with preview articles and videos. If you've missed anything, we're compiling it for you right here.
So without further ado, here's what you need to know.
3 questions heading into the 2022 NHL Draft
Round 1 will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday on ESPN and ESPN+by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com
The NHL Draft is this week and the Buffalo Sabres are set to pick 11 times. They currently have three picks in the first round, more than any other team.
General manager Kevyn Adams is looking at all ways to improve his team with an eye on both next season and the future.
Sabres.com will be on site for the draft starting today so stay tuned for full coverage from Montreal.
Round 1 of the 2022 NHL Draft is set for 7 p.m. on Thursday from Bell Centre on ESPN and ESPN+. Rounds 2-7 will begin at 11 a.m. on Friday NHL Network and ESPN+.
Until then, here are some burning draft questions heading into the weekend: