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Crowe, director of scouting, breaks down Sabres' Class of 2020

Buffalo made 5 selections in the NHL Draft

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Jeremiah Crowe has made a career out of scouting NHL talent, from his days with the U.S. National Team Development Program to his three seasons as a scout for the Buffalo Sabres. 

When he envisioned one day running his own NHL Draft, he likely imagined himself seated on the floor of an arena. The fact that it happened instead from the KeyBank Center offices did not take away from the moment for Buffalo's director of scouting. 

"The different environment didn't really change anything for me," Crowe said. "It was fun to partake in the process and, really, for our scouts' work to come to fruition was a good experience and a good one for the Sabres. We're happy with how it played out. It was a really good two days." 

Crowe - who spearheaded the Sabres' pre-Draft scouting process along with director of analytics Jason Nightingale - met with the media Thursday to discuss each of the five selections that make up the Class of 2020. Here are the takeaways.

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Takeaways from Kevyn Adams following Day 2 of the NHL Draft

The Sabres general manager discussed the Class of 2020 and free agency

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Kevyn Adams lost sleep during the hours that separated the end of the NHL Draft's first round on Tuesday and his return to the Buffalo Sabres offices on Wednesday morning.

The Sabres general manager and his staff had attempted to make a deal Friday that would allow them to move up in the draft and select German forward John-Jason Peterka, but talks to that point had been fruitless.

"I think that's why I didn't sleep a lot last night," Adams said Wednesday following the conclusion of the draft. "I was thinking about Peterka. 'Ok, how could we figure out a way to possibly get this kid?'

"So, [we] got in the office this morning early, and we just started going to work on it, having a lot of different conversations."

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Kaleta: Costantini 'will do whatever he can' to play for Sabres

The formers Sabres forward offered his take on the team's fifth-round pick

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Patrick Kaleta spent his Wednesday afternoon glued to the television, watching as, one-by-one, his Buffalo Junior Sabres players came off the board in the NHL Draft. 

Luke Tuch went to the Montreal Canadiens in the second round. Trevor Kuntar was selected by Boston in the third, followed by Colorado's selection of Colby Ambrosio in the fourth. 

In the fifth round, a pick hit close to home. The Buffalo Sabres selected center Matteo Costantini with the 131st pick, setting him on the same course that Kaleta found himself on 16 years ago.

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Get to know JJ Peterka, the Sabres' 2nd-round pick

Forward describes himself as offensive player who can attack the net

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

John-Jason Peterka - or JJ, as he will become known to Buffalo Sabres fans - admitted to feeling slight disappointment as the first round of the NHL Draft passed without hearing his name called Tuesday. 

That disappointment was replaced by elation by the time Peterka met with the Buffalo media Wednesday, shortly after the Sabres selected him with the 34th pick. The Sabres moved up to ensure they got him, sending pick Nos. 38 and 100 to San Jose. 

"I would say it's a pretty good feeling that they show you they trust in you and they really want you," Peterka said. "I'm really, really excited."

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Sabres 2020 NHL Draft Coverage: Day 2 Selections

Buffalo selected Jack Quinn in 1st round

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres picked four times during Day 2 of the 2020 NHL Draft after selecting Jack Quinn with their first-round pick (8th overall) on Tuesday.

Here is a rundown. 

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After selection of Quinn, Sabres move on to Day 2 of 2020 NHL Draft

Round 2 begins at 11:30 a.m. on NHL Network

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Last night, the Buffalo Sabres used the eighth overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft to select Ottawa 67's winger Jack Quinn. Quinn recorded 52 goals and 89 points last year in an abbreviated OHL season. 

Day 2 of the draft will begin Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. on NHL Network. Heading into Round 2, Buffalo is scheduled to pick five times:

  • Round 2, Pick 7 (38th overall)
  • Round 4, Pick 7 (100th overall)
  • Round 5, Pick 7 (131st overall)
  • Round 7, Pick 7 (193rd overall)
  • Round 7, Pick 30 (216th overall; From Dallas)
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'Jack's a Sabre' | Why the Sabres selected Quinn with the 8th pick

Sabres general manager Kevyn Adams details the decision

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Kevyn Adams made it a priority upon taking over as general manager in June to re-visit the NHL Draft in its entirety. He tasked director of scouting Jeremiah Crowe and director of analytics Jason Nightingale with re-evaluating prospects through a new lens combining analytical data and video scouting. 

The primary objective for Crowe, Nightingale, and the rest of the Buffalo Sabres scouting staff was simple: identify the best assets who project to be NHL players. They aimed to do that through a detailed, multiphase assessment in which scouts conducted viewings before and after being presented with data. 

Within that objective existed a guideline for what a Buffalo Sabre will look like moving forward. Jack Quinn checked all the boxes. 

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Sabres' Quinn: 'I'm very excited to try to be able to make this team'

The first-round pick details his journey to Buffalo.

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Jack Quinn felt his pre-Draft meetings had gone well with the Buffalo Sabres. Still, he had no certainty regarding his fate until general manager Kevyn Adams called his name with the eighth pick in the 2020 NHL Draft on Tuesday night.  

"Tonight, I was just super excited and kind of relieved and there was a lot of emotions," Quinn said. 

"But when I think of Buffalo, I think of a great sports town and a great hockey town. I think I was very excited just because of that, first of all. And also, I think it was just a great spot. Right away, I thought I'm very excited to be able to try to make this team and be a part of it."

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Sabres select Quinn with 8th pick in NHL Draft

Forward scored 52 goals last season for OHL Ottawa

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres have selected forward Jack Quinn with the 8th pick in the 2020 NHL Draft. 

Quinn, a native of Cobden, Ont., ranked second in the Ontario Hockey League with 52 goals in 62 games for the Ottawa 67s last season. He became just the fourth OHL player in the last 10 seasons to reach the 50-goal mark in his draft year, joining Arthur Kaliyev, Alex DeBrincat, and Sabres forward Jeff Skinner.

It was a statistical leap for the right-shot wing, who had scored 12 goals in 2018-19.

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Kevyn Adams gives pre-draft update

Brian Duff catches up with the Sabres GM before Round 1

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Kevyn Adams 1-on-1 Before Round 1

1-on-1 with Kevyn Adams Before Round 1

Before Round 1 of the 2020 NHL Draft, Sabres General Manager Kevyn Adams sits down with Brian Duff

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Ahead of his first draft as general manager of the Buffalo Sabres, Kevyn Adams sits down with Brian Duff inside the Sabres offices at KeyBank Center. Watch the interview here.

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