The Buffalo Sabres were looking to be very active at the 2023 NHL Draft in Nashville, but other clubs were just not very accommodating. The first round of last month’s draft was the first time in 16 years in which there was not a trade completed, but not for a lack of trying.
GM Kevyn Adams indicated after the draft that he was trying to trade up late into the first round to select center Anton Wahlberg (who the Sabres eventually selected 39th overall), but could not find a trading partner. That was the second time that night that Buffalo’s attempts to trade up were thwarted. According to Patrick Johnston of the Vancouver Province, Adams and Canucks GM Patrik Allvin were seen talking on the draft floor before their 11th overall pick and Allvin was seen talking with his staff about trading down two picks, but Vancouver chose to stand pat and select Swedish defenseman Tom Willander.
The Sabres selected Winnipeg Ice winger Zach Benson with the 13th overall pick.
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- Sabres Prospects Showing Off At Scrimmage
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- Sabres Lock Up Jacksonville As ECHL Affiliate
Yeah, so Noah Östlund has some sweet hands. #LetsGoBuffalo
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