On the clock: The Sabres’ top draft options

News 4 Sports begins its NHL Draft coverage from Chicago with a look at Buffalo's best options

CHICAGO, I.L. (WIVB) — The Buffalo Sabres hold the eighth pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, which gets underway Friday night here in Chicago.

The Sabres chose forward Alexander Nylander last year in Buffalo; one would think they’d like to address an organizational weak spot this year and pick a defenseman in the first round. But GM Jason Botterill is on record saying he’ll go after the best player available, and if that player is a forward when Buffalo is on the clock, well, the Sabres will take another forward.

Click above to watch for my top 4 draft options for the Sabres; below, read through our Premier Prospect profiles on the top prospects available starting Friday.

NEWS 4 PREMIER PROSPECTS:

Nolan Patrick:

http://wivb.com/2017/06/09/news-4-premier-prospect-nolan-patrick/

Nico Hischier

http://wivb.com/2017/06/16/news-4-premier-prospect-nico-hischier/

Gabriel Vilardi

http://wivb.com/2017/06/18/news-4-premier-prospect-gabriel-vilardi/

Casey Mittelstadt

http://wivb.com/2017/06/20/news-4-premier-prospect-casey-mittelstadt/

Cody Glass

http://wivb.com/2017/06/19/news-4-premier-prospects-cody-glass/

Owen Tippett

http://wivb.com/2017/06/17/news-4-premiere-prospects/

Miro Heiskanen

http://wivb.com/2017/06/13/news-4-premier-prospect-miro-heiskanen/

Timothy Liljegren

http://wivb.com/2017/06/12/news-4-premier-prospect-timothy-liljegren/

Cale Makar

http://wivb.com/2017/06/11/news-4-premier-prospect-cale-makar/

Martin Necas

http://wivb.com/2017/06/10/news-4-premier-prospect-martin-necas/

Eeli Tolvanen

http://wivb.com/2017/06/15/news-4-premier-prospect-eeli-tolvanen/

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