Murray's drafts and trades
Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - In his tenure as Sabres GM, Tim Murray had three drafts and 22 trades. Let’s start with his drafts.
The 2014 draft may only have one player that makes the NHL. Sam Reinhart was the 2nd overall pick and had a nice rookie season. He regressed in his second year when he seemed to stop doing the extra things that he did the season before.
The Sabres were known to have heavy interest in Leon Draisaitl, but they decided to stick with Reinhart. Draisaitl went next to Edmonton. Draisaitl had a heavy benefit this year from playing with Connor McDavid.
The second round of that draft hasn’t really netted much at all. Buffalo had three picks and all three struggled in their first pro seasons. Brendan Lemieux was traded to Winnipeg and had just 19 points in 61 games with Manitoba.
Eric Cornel has 14 points in 67 games in Rochester and Vaclav Karabacek had eight points in 23 Rochester games.
As of now, the best picks of the second round were Ivan Barbashev St. Louis, Brandon Montour Anaheim and Christian Dvorak Arizona.
Third round pick Jonas Johansson finished the season in Rochester and has a chance. Victor Olofsson has a good season for Frolunda, but in the end is likely too small.
Jack Eichel is the prize of the 2015 draft. Brendan Guhle is going to be an absolute steal in the second round. He was 51st overall, but the Sabres had given him a first round grade.
Will Borgen from St. Cloud State is staying in school, but he is their horse on defense and is likely going to develop into a good NHL player. In the 6th round they drafted Giorgio Estephan who had 89 points in 68 games for Lethbridge of the WHL.
The 2016 draft is way too early to tell. The 8th overall pick was Alex Nylander. He was an 18-year-old with toms of skill who had to find his way around the AHL. Murray passed on defensemen Mikhail Sergachev, Charles McAvoy who has been great for Boston in the playoffs and Jakob Chychrun who is a personal family friend of the Pegula's.
Rasmus Asplund was the 2nd round pick and could be a good third line center in the future.
Cliff Pu was excellent in London this season and Casey Fitzgerald was a rock for Boston College and Team USA at the World Junior Tournament.
The biggest issue I had with trades was Mark Pysyk a 2nd round pick and 3rd round pick for Dmitry Kulikov and a 2nd round pick. Kulikov only played 47 games and was hurt most of the season, but there were so many holes in his game, it is ludicrous to think he’d be a better idea than Pysyk.
I think Robin Lehner had a good season and is on his way to being a number one goaltender in the NHL, but I would never trade a number one pick for a goaltender.
Other than Kulikov, Murray did nothing for the defense. He overestimated the talents of Zach Bogosian and Josh Gorges. Gorges can still play well on a third pair, but at 33-years-old in August, he can’t be out there with Rasmus Ristolainen.
Murray was supposed to be close to signing Russian free agent defenseman Viktor Antipin. He was voted the best defenseman of the KHL playoffs, but you have to wonder if the Sabres will miss out on this opportunity.
Here are Tim Murray’s trades. It’s up to you to determine how he did:
1) Sabres trade Ryan Miller and Steve Ott to St. Louis for Jarosla Halak, Chris Stewart, William Carrier, a 1st round pick in 2015 (Jack Roslovic Winn) and a conditional 2016 3rd round pick (Linus Nassen Flor).
2) Sabres trade Jaroslav Halak and a 2015 3rd round pick (Robin Kovacs NYR) to Washington for Michal Neuvirth and Rostislav Klesla.
3) Sabres trade Matt Moulson and Cody McCormick to Minnesota for Torrey Mitchell, a 2014 2nd round pick (Vitek Vanecek Wash), and a 2016 2nd round pick (Chad Krys Chi).
4) Sabres trade Brayden McNabb, Jonathan Parker, and two 2nd round picks (Alex Lintuniemi, Erik Cernak) to Los Angeles for Nick Deslauriers and Hudson Fasching.
5) Sabres Trade a 2016 2nd round (Chad Krys Chi) pick to Montreal for Josh Gorges.
6) Sabres trade future considerations to Winnipeg for Jordan Samuels-Thomas.
7) Sabres trade Luke Adam to Columbus for Jerry D’Amigo.
8) Sabres trade Jhonas Enroth to Dallas for Anders Lindback and a conditional 2016 3rd round pick (Casey Fitzgerald).
9) Sabres trade Tyler Myers, Drew Stafford, Brendan Lemieux, Joel Armia, and a 2015 1st round pick (Jack Roslovic) to Winnipeg for Zach Bogosian, Evander Kane, and Jason Kasdorf.
10) Buffalo trades Chris Stewart to Minnesota for a 2017 second round pick.
11) Sabres trade Torrey Mitchell to Montreal for Jack Nevins and a 2016 7th round pick (Vasily Glotov).
12) Sabres trade Michal Neuvirth to the Islanders for Chad Johnson and a 2016 3rd round pick (Bill Lockwood Van). (Went to Pitt for Bylsma).
13) Sabres trade Brian Flynn to Montreal for a 2016 5th round pick (Vojtech Budik).
14) Sabres trade a 2015 first round pick (Colin White) to Ottawa for Robin Lehner and David Legwand.
15) Buffalo trades Nikita Zadorov, Mikhail Grigorenko, JT Compher, and a 2015 2nd round pick (Jeremy Roy S.J.) to Colorado for Ryan O’Reilly and Jamie McGinn.
16) Buffalo trades Mike Weber to Washington for a 2017 3rd round pick.
17) Buffalo trades Jason Akeson, Phil Varone, Jerome Gauthier-Leduc, and a conditional pick to Ottawa for Michael Sdao, Alex Guptil, Cole Schneider, and Eric O’Dell.
18) Buffalo trades Jamie McGinn to Anaheim for a conditional 3rd in 2016 (Rem Pitlick Nash).
19) Buffalo trades a 2016 3rd round pick (Rem Pitlick) to Nashville for the rights to Jimmy Vesey.
20) Sabres trade Mark Pysyk, a 2016 2nd round pick (Adam Mascherin), and 2016 3rd round pick(Linus Nassen) for Dmitry Kulikov and a 2016 2nd round pick (Rasmus Asplund).
21) Buffalo trades a 2017 4th round pick to St. Louis for Anders Nilsson.
22) Buffalo trades Dan Catenacci to the Rangers for Mat Bodie