Tim Murray is obviously not shy about making trades but one pattern that's emerged from his deals since he took over as Sabres general manager is his penchant for shedding recent top draft choices the organization has made under Darcy Regier.
Now, some of that is the fact that players drafted in higher rounds are certainly attractive to other teams. And it's also because Murray acquired the likes of Evander Kane and Ryan O'Reilly in the deals. But you also certainly have to wonder what he thinks about how the previous regime drafted.
Today's trade of Mark Pysyk to Florida for Dmitry Kulikov marks the eight first- or second-round choice made by Regier that Murray has dealt away since he took over in January, 2014. The rundown looks like this:
2008 draft -- sent No. 1 pick Tyler Myers to Winnipeg in 2015
2010 draft -- sent No. 1 pick Mark Pysyk to Florida in 2016
2011 draft -- sent No. 1 pick Joel Armia to Winnipeg in 2015
2012 draft -- sent No. 1 pick Mikhail Grigorenko to Colorado in 2015
2013 draft -- sent second No. 1 pick Nikita Zadorov and No. 2 pick J.T. Compher to Colorado in 2015.
2006 draft -- sent No. 2 pick Jhonas Enroth to Dallas in 2015
2004 draft -- sent No. 1 pick Drew Stafford to Winnipeg in 2015
There are plenty of rumors out there about Tyler Ennis (No. 1 in 2008) and Zemgus Girgensons (second first-rounder in 2012). So stay tuned.