BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)–Thursday morning Sabres General Manager Tim Murray held a pre-draft press conference at the First Niagara Center. Murray has become known for informative and entertaining press conferences because of his wit and direct approach. On Thursday, Murray’s honesty and sense of humor was once again apparent.
“We are taking the best player available,” Murray said in regards to this year’s upcoming NHL draft.
The Sabres own the second overall pick in this year’s draft.
“I believe (Aaron) Ekblad is going to go one and we will pick the next guy on our list. If he doesn’t go one, I would be surprised but we will cross that bridge when we come to it.”
Forwards Leon Draisaitl, Sam Reinhart and Sam Bennett are all candidates for the number two overall spot. Murray’s sense of humor shined through when asked about the Sabres needs.
“I don’t know if I want to sit here that long,” Murray said. “We have needs everywhere.”
The Sabres finished with a league-worst 21-51-10 record this past season. Murray was brought in by Sabres owner Terry Pegula to transform the team into a winning franchise. Despite the fact that the Sabres were the worst team statistically in the league this past season, according to Murray this draft is as important as any other draft.
“Every draft is important. This draft is obviously important but next year’s draft is important. The year after is important,” Murray said. “You have continuously stock your system, you can’t miss in drafts.”