On this episode of Talking Buffalo Podcast, the first of a special two part episode, four of the best hockey minds in the Buffalo media get together to take part in an All-Time Buffalo Sabres draft, with players from all 50 years of the franchise’s existence eligible to be selected.
The participants are Paul Hamilton from WGR 550, John Vogl of The Athletic, Kris Baker from Sabres Prospects and Chad DeDominicis from Expected Buffalo & Die by the Blade.
The draft was done snake-style and each roster includes 12 forwards, six defensemen, two goaltenders, one head coach and one assistant head coach. In part one today, the guys selected the forwards and coaches. Draft order for the forwards went John, Chad, Kris and Paul while coaches went Chad, Kris, Paul and John.
Here is a summary of the picks through part one:
John Vogl: Gilbert Perrault, Thomas Vanek, Miroslav Satan, Craig Ramsey, Don Luce, J.P. Dumont, Derek Roy, Donald Audette, Brad May, Peter McNab, Ales Kotalik, Lindy Ruff. (Coaches: Floyd Smith/John Torterella.)
Chad DeDominicis: Jack Eichel, Rene Robert, Ryan O’Reilly, Chris Drury, Jason Pominville, Jochen Hecht, Jeff Skinner, Geoff Sanderson, Sam Reinhart, Marcus Foligno, Max Afinogenov, Johan Larsson. (Coaches: Lindy Ruff/Barry Smith.)
Kris Baker: Pat LaFontaine, Alexander Mogilny, Dave Andreychuck, Daniel Briere, Pierre Turgeon, Tony McKegney, Ric Seilng, Ray Sheppard, Rick Vaive, John Tucker, Mike Grier, Rob Ray. (Coaches: Scotty Bowman/Mitch Korn.)
Paul Hamilton: Richard Martin, Danny Gare, Dale Hawerchuck, Doug Gilmour, Mike Foligno, Mike Peca, Rick Dudley, Tim Connolly, Jim Lorenz, Stu Barnes, Christian Rutuu, Matthew Barnaby. (Coaches: John Muckler/Don Lever.)
The episode is packed with not just the picks but analysis of the thought process behind them. All four guys attempted to take not just necessarily the best 12 forwards but also the best fit for four lines.
Don’t forget part two coming Friday, with the gang back to draft defense and goaltending to round out their respective teams. Before ending the episode Patrick talks about his appearance on Buckets & Dan Sportsland, where he helped created a Mt. Rushmore of chicken wing sports. You can listen to their podcast on Apple Podcasts.
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