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Summer  2015:

From the Publisher



With the 2015 NHL Draft officially in the books, the Sabres walked out of Sunrise Florida as one of the clear winners of the weekend. Although it was no surprise that Buffalo took generational center Jack Eichel out of Boston College with the second overall pick, not many fans could have predicted that another coveted center, Ryan O'Reilly would be prized away from the Colorado Avalanche for enigmatic Russian youngsters Nikita Zadorov and Mikhail Grigorenko along with prospect J.T. Compher and the 31st overall pick. After the draft, the team came to terms with their new No. 1 centerman and locked him up at a very reasonable rate for the next seven years. Looking to add a few more bodies to head coach Dan Bylsma's bench, GM Tim Murray found a familiar trading partner with his uncle, Bryan Murray, and the Ottawa Senators. In exchange for the 21st pick, the Sabres shored up their goaltending situation with Robin Lehner while also adding serviceable center David Legwand. Time will only tell how these moves, coupled with Murrary's mid-season trade for winger Evander Kane will turn out. Often the draft is filled with surprises and to see how this has played out the modern NHL we go through 45 years of first overall picks to confirm if the best player was actually picked first overall a majority of the time. The Bills also have their off-season work cut out for them as they enter mini-camps before packing up for St. John Fisher College and starting training camp at the end of July. While some positions can be safely inked in, the largest question looming is who will be under center when the season starts. First year Bills Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor will try to distinguish themselves from third-year pro E.J. Manuel and the offense is sure to look very different this year, for better or worse. Although not as flashy, there are numerous other camp battles going on such as Cyrus Kouandjio trying to come back from injury and earn a start on the line, free agent wide receiver acquisition Percy Harvin working on the outside and rookie Karlos Williams looking for touches in an increasingly crowded backfield.