The Buffalo Sabres entered the 2012 NHL Draft with four of the top 50 picks for the first time since 1998. Sabres brass knew they needed to get bigger and add more depth up the middle and addressed that by selecting five centers, including two in the first round. General Manager Darcy Regier had a clear plan in this draft, which was executed to near perfection.
, C – Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
1st round, 12th overall
Height: 6'3 Weight: 200 lbs
Flying in the face of the recent practice of staying away from Russian players, Darcy Regier and company opted to make the high risk/reward selection of Mikhail Grigorenko at 12th overall. The Sabres had not picked a Russian in the first round since the forgettable selection of Artem Kryukov in the 2000 draft.