‘Additionally, one of Perfetti’s assistant coaches with Saginaw, Jared Nightingale, is the brother of the Sabres’ newly-appointed assistant director of scouting, Jason Nightingale. NHL Central Scouting has Perfetti as this draft’s fifth-best North American skater and it’s possible he could be gone by the time the Sabres are on the clock.’
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‘However, there’s still plenty to work on. Secondary scoring, special teams, defensive composure in their own end and consistent goaltending all proved to be problems for the young Sabres.
‘The No. 1 pick has to be in play for a trade. If you combine the pick with Ristolainen, you may be able to get that player to make your team quite a bit better. Buffalo can’t play next season with Marcus Johansson at center. He was not good and it wasn’t his fault. He was asked to play out of position because Botterill got enamored with his players and didn’t get that player last year.’
‘Factoring in both what Buffalo likely would demand as well as salaries, a Sharks’ potential trade package for Eichel might look something like: Burns, Ryan Merkley, Jonathan Dahlen and a future first-round pick — and even that might not be enough. Burns’ talent surely would be attractive to the Sabres, but he’s also 35 years old. Not to mention, he has a modified no-trade clause in his contract.’