Buffalo Sabres 2015 NHL Draft Recap

iss_recapbuffalo1With the 2015 NHL Draft completed, International Scouting Services recaps and identifies key up and coming prospects.

July 1, 2015 [Waterloo, ON] ISS Hockey recaps the top prospects drafted by Buffalo Sabres in the 2015 NHL Draft, held on June 26-27, 2015 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida:

Top Prospects Drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2015 NHL Draft

ISSOv.NamePosBirth DateHeightWeightTeamLeague
22EICHEL, JackC10/28/19966.02196Boston UnivH.E.
11051GUHLE, BrendanLD7/29/19976.01.75184Prince AlbertWHL
NA92BORGEN, WilliamRD12/19/19966.01.75189Moorhead HSMN-HS
NA122STEPHENS, DevanteLD1/2/19976.01.25171KelownaWHL
NA152ESTEPHAN, Giorgio C2/3/19976.00188LethbridgeWHL
NA182CHUKAROV, IvanLD4/3/19956.02200Minn. WildernessNAHL
June 26-27, BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida


ISS Scouts have been tracking prospects eligible for the NHL Draft for years (typically from the age of fourteen), so they have unique knowledge of strengths, weaknesses and probabilities for success at the NHL level. ISS Hockey scouts identify prospects that have been chosen by the Buffalo Sabres in past drafts and provide a brief summary of how these drafted players will influence the team:


Jack Eichel (ISS Ranked #2 in 2015, Overall drafted #2 in 2015 NHL Draft) – Superstar in the making. All the tools to be an everyday offensive juggernaut for the Sabres in the next two years. Possesses a lethal shot, heavy frame and extended reach making him a threat in many different offensive situations. Won’t be long until Eichel is an impact player at the NHL ranks. A one-two of Eichel and Reinhart down the middle have the Sabres in an excellent position for the future.


Sam Reinhart (ISS Ranked #1 in 2014, Overall drafted #2 in 2014 NHL Draft) – Another one of the Sabres cornerstone pieces in their rebuild. Along with Eichel he has superstar potential and will get a bigger chances this season to showcase himself in Buffalo. Incredible hockey IQ and work ethic on both sides of the puck will make him a fan favorite. A character center who will be a vital piece to any success the Sabres have in the next 5-10 years.


Rasmus Ristolainen (ISS Ranked #11 in 2013, Overall drafted #8 in 2013 NHL Draft) – With Zadorov off to Colorado, this opens up room for Ristolainen to be the #1 anchor on the backend for the Sabres for years to come. He has already shown dominance on the blueline for a young defender. A building block for the Buffalo brass. Coming into his own in all situations and brings a sense of calm that this organization needs.


Jake McCabe (ISS Ranked #76 in 2012, Overall drafted #44 in 2012 NHL Draft) – Selected midway through the 2nd round, McCabe flourished at the University of Wisconsin and put together an excellent campaign with the Rochester Americans last season. He possesses a calm, cool demeanor on the puck and an unmatched work ethic giving him some versatility. Intriguing upside in a calming, puck-moving defender role.



Zemgus Girgensons (ISS Ranked #24 in 2012, Overall drafted #14 in 2012 NHL Draft) – The fan favorite in Buffalo brings a much needed defensive pedigree up front for this previously lackluster defensive team while possessing great size, physical prowess and developing skill-set. The Latvian star has developed incredibly well over the past 4 season and will continue to add grit and character up front.


“The Buffalo Sabres are most definitely on the upswing of this long anticipated rebuild and it is looking better than ever” says ISS Hockey Director of Scouting Dennis MacInnis. “With the addition of Eichel at this year’s draft they have one of the most promising one-two combinations down the middle with both him and Reinhart excelling in different areas. Buffalo has shown in the past to give their young players a chance to come in and make an impact which Eichel will most certainly get every chance to excel. It won’t be long until Buffalo is back to being a feared competitor.”



Arizona Coyotes – 07/03/2015

Toronto Maple Leafs – 07/06/2015 Carolina Hurricanes – 07/08/2015



Edmonton Oilers – 06/29/2015