There shouldn't have ever been a doubt, but it's crystal clear now: The Sabres will draft Jack Eichel with the second overall pick in June.
"Deciding on who we’re picking 2, that’s the easiest decision I think I’ll probably have in my general manager’s career," Tim Murray said Thursday on WGR-AM 550.
The Buffalo GM said he's had two calls from teams asking if the Sabres would trade down from the No. 2 spot. They were short calls.
"I said I’m not moving out," Murray said on the radio. "We’re picking 2, and I think we’re picking in a great spot. We’re extremely happy where we are."
The Sabres sent seven or eight scouts to the world championships, but Murray stayed in Buffalo and watched the tournament on television. He loved what he saw in the 18-year-old Eichel, who finished third for the U.S. team with seven points in 10 games.
"I thought he was great," Murray said. "Expectations aren’t extremely high for me because I know how young he is and where he’s coming from, and any glimmer of above-average play let alone spectacular play I get excited about it, and he was exciting. As a scout watching on TV, he was above and beyond."
Though the Sabres will keep the second pick, they're up for moving the No. 21 overall selection acquired from the Islanders.
"I might make some calls on the 21st pick for sure," Murray said. "The plan is to build with young kids and build as a group. I would like to move up from 21 to get a better prospect, or I would put 21 in play for a young player on another team."