Having fallen to the No. 2 pick in this year’s NHL Draft, it seems the Buffalo Sabres have resigned themselves to the fact they very likely won’t be getting Connor McDavid.
According to NHL.com, the Sabres hadn’t interviewed McDavid and didn’t have any plans on doing so during the Scouting Combine, which is in Buffalo, where the Sabres finished the regular season dead last in the overall standings and had the best chance at getting the first overall pick via the lottery.
It didn’t work out that way, however. Now, it’s expected the Edmonton Oilers will take McDavid with the top selection.
“We haven’t interviewed McDavid and we probably won’t,” Sabres’ director of amateur scouting Greg Royce told NHL.com this week.
“We just thought maybe it was wasting his time (to schedule an interview). We’d love to meet him and bring him in. But at the same time, we know him, he’s a great kid, smart kid and we have no issues with him.”
At second overall, the Sabres seem in prime position to select Jack Eichel, the Boston University star who has shown this week to be a very confident individual with his skills as a hockey player.