"Where as in other seasons, we kind of know we’re picking 15 or 20 overall and you hone your potential pool to 20 guys," said Benning. "(This season), we’ve had to really become familiar and comfortable with the top-60 players in this year’s draft."
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"We have always tried to be a physical team, a hard-working team and we try to draft character, so I don’t know if we’ll change that part of our thinking," stated Benning.
'The Sabres, unlike some other NHL clubs, have an abundance of players. A few changes aside, they will look much like the team that finished the 2003-04 season with only 16 regulation losses in their last 47 games. "I think this team is in the top three or four positions in the post-lockout era because of what they've done before, how they're built and what level they're at now," Sabres goalie Martin Biron said Tuesday after a workout in the Amherst Pepsi Center.'
'We'll see who comes and goes, but it behooves Buffalo to get younger because younger means cheaper in the new NHL. The Sabres will need to improve the old-fashioned way, through good draft picks and better trades. They will need to scout the league more thoroughly than ever. They'll need to develop players.'