'"We've been saying for a couple years now we wanted to take a defenseman in the first round, and the dream became reality," Sabres director of amateur scouting Jim Benning said late Saturday night in GM Place. "We're pretty deep at the front end. As it happened this year there were some defensemen we really liked."'
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'"Our depth up front is something we feel pretty good about," Regier said shortly after the draft ended early Sunday morning. "This draft was an opportunity to add more defensive-type players."'
'The Sabres went to Sweden for the first two, taking offensive defenseman Dennis Persson late in the first round and the top-rated European goaltender in the pool, Jhonas Enroth, 46th overall.'
‘Weber, 6-foot-2 and 199 pounds, was ranked 34th overall among North American skaters by the NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau. The scouting agency called him a solid skater with good balance who moves the puck well on outlet passes, an effective power-play contributor and a solid positional player who is difficult to beat one-on-one and reads the play well.’
‘If Darcy Regier learned one thing from the Buffalo Sabres extended playoff run this spring, it’s that there’s no such thing as having too many defensemen.’
‘Bob McKenzie’s take: “The Sabres want help on the back-end and obviously see potential in him because Buffalo went a bit off the board.”‘
‘The 6’1″ 181-pound Persson scored 11 goals and added 15 assists in 28 games for Vasteras in Sweden in the 2005-2006 season.’
‘The Buffalo Sabres selected a goalie and a defenseman with their two second round picks.’
‘”The Sabres have given me a big opportunity,” said Persson. “This was a big surprise.”‘
‘Enroth was the top-ranked European goaltender in the draft…’.