'And, had Sabres GM Darcy Regier had his way, Buffalo would have broken into the top three spots of the draft in an attempt to draft left winger, Rick Nash. "Our scouts just really felt strong about him (Nash)," remarked Regier. "But even going into (Saturday) morning we thought we were in a position to take another run at him."'
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'While Paille is considered a safe pick to one day play in the NHL, he does need to continue to improve in a couple of areas. "I like his game, but he needs to be more physical," one general manager said in the Hockey News' draft preview. "He is a guy who is supposed to be a power forward, but he did not get involved a lot for a guy who will be a power forward."'
'And so it was that Slava Kozlov was the biggest name traded at this year's NHL draft – not just for the Buffalo Sabres, mind you, but for the entire league. Yippee.'
'"We hope they're all going to develop, but I don't think there's any kid we feel is going to jump out of the pack right away. "If they show us they can do some things in training camp, they'll get the opportunity. But it's very, very hard to do."'
'While Paille grew up cheering for the Montreal Canadiens and not the nearby Sabres, he attended many games at the Memorial Auditorium and the HSBC Arena. Growing up he remembers being fans of snipers Pat Lafontaine and Alexander Mogilny. "I was a Habs fans, but I went to a lot of Sabres' games," he said. "My dad is probably really happy right now. He'll be at every game."'
'Wideman decided not to attend this year's draft. He will play another season with the Knights.'