After a dismal season for the Sabres and Derek Roy, it became apparent his time in Buffalo was nearing an end. After an ugly year end interview it became a matter of when. The only hiccup was what the Sabres could get in return for Roy. Based on what the Sabres were able to get in return, the value just wasn’t there. Instead of trading Roy plus valuable prospects, GM Darcy Regier played it smart and looked for a replacement through the draft.
Regier got lucky. The perfect prospect to replace Roy fell right in his lap. Drafting 12th overall he was able to select NHL ready centreman Mikhail Grigorenko. Grigorenko has drawn many comparisons to Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin and should turn out to be a better player than Roy once he develops his game. After Regier traded up for the 14th pick in the draft, he was able to select another centre in Zemgus Girgensons. If Girgensons is given the proper time to develop he should be able to put up numbers similar to Roy’s if not better. Taking both Grigorenko and Girgensons set the Sabres up at the centre position for years to come.