Gut feelings ahead of the 2023 NHL Draft
Buffalo's draft will be interesting to the hardest of hardcore fans, but maybe lacking pizazz from the outside.
NASHVILLE — It’s become cliché that you shouldn’t believe anything anyone involved with a team says around draft time. But the thing about clichés is that they’re born from reality and when it comes to the NHL Draft it applies as well.
Everyone is selling something or angling in a different direction to try and make things work the way they want them to. Hey, we’d all try to do the same thing and if you said you wouldn’t you’re a liar.
That’s what makes the discussions with GMs ahead of the draft so interesting. It’s a card game and everyone is bluffing, but for what reasons? What’s the end game?
Buffalo Sabres GM Kevyn Adams chatted with us this afternoon to get us caught up one more time ahead of tomorrow’s draft and trying to read between the lines of what he’s saying and what the end goal may be is part of the fun.
Adams is a straight-forward guy and he’s savvy enough to say enough but to also leave it open to interpretation. Not having a tell, obvious or otherwise, is the best way to work with the media when you’re a GM and Adams is very good at it.
He spoke about where things are at with their pick in the first round, how hot the phones are getting with trade discussions around the league and discussed a bit about some of the possible trade options from within. With a day to go, let’s examine things a bit.
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