The 2013 NHL Draft took place in New Jersey on Sunday, June 30, and the Sabres had a busy afternoon, drafting 11 players as well as making a trade with the Carolina Hurricanes (in which they acquired a draft pick in the second round). They had previously acquired four other draft picks in trades with Florida, Minnesota, and St. Louis this past season.
After drafting two defensemen in the first round (Rasmus Ristolainen eighth overall and Nikita Zadorov 16th overall), the Sabres addressed their need for centers in rounds two through seven, drafting three: Connor Hurley 38th overall, Sean Malone 159th overall, and Eric Locke 189th overall.
The Sabres also drafted two players from the Buffalo Area, center Sean Malone from West Seneca, and right wing Justin Bailey (52nd overall), from Williamsville. Bailey has spent time living with former Buffalo Sabres captain Pat LaFontaine in recent years.
In the midst of the second round, the Buffalo Sabres traded defenseman Andrej Sekera to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for the second round pick (35th overall) and defenseman Jamie McBain.
Sekera, who was drafted 71st overall in the third round by the Sabres in 2004, played 339 games with the Sabres since 2006, scoring 17 goals and adding 75 assists for 92 points. He also accumulated 102 penalty minutes and was rated a plus-6.
Jamie McBain was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes 63rd overall in the second round of the 2006 NHL draft. In 206 NHL games with the Hurricanes since 2009, McBain notched 19 goals and 56 assists for 75 total points, while also tallying 48 penalty minutes. He was also rated a minus-9 during his time in Carolina.
Here is a list of the selections the Sabres made in the 2013 NHL Draft:
1st round, 8th overall: Rasmus Ristolainen (defenseman)
1st round, 16th overall (from Minnesota): Nikita Zadorov (defenseman)
2nd round, 35th overall (from Carolina): JT Compher (left wing)
2nd round, 38th overall: Connor Hurley (center)
2nd round, 52nd overall (from St. Louis): Justin Bailey (right wing)
3rd round, 69th overall: Nicholas Baptise (right wing)
5th round, 129th overall: Calvin Peterson (goalie)
5th round, 130th overall (from New Jersey via Los Angeles and Florida): Gustav Possler (right wing)
5th round, 143rd overall (from St. Louis): Anthony Florentino (defenseman)
6th round, 159th overall: Sean Malone (center)
7th round, 189th overall: Eric Locke (center)
Despite numerous rumors in the weeks leading up to the draft that the Sabres could trade Ryan Miller and Thomas Vanek to acquire more draft picks (as well as other players), both currently remain on the Sabres roster following the draft.