When the World Junior Championships were in Buffalo in 2011, Sabres fans were able to follow Buffalo draft picks Marcus Foligno and Zack Kassian playing for Team Canada. In the wake of last week's draft in Chicago, it will be more of the same when the tournament returns in December.
The Sabres' top three picks in 2017 have a very good chance of being in the event, as do two of the top three from last year. Good scouting views available.
Team USA's 42-man summer roster includes 10 first-round draft picks: Five from 2016 and five from last week. At No. 8 overall this year, Sabres center Casey Mittelstadt is the highest one of any of them. The No. 2 picks, Swedish center Marcus Davidsson and Finnish goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, figure to be key players for their clubs. Shifty forward Cliff Pu, taken in the third round last year, will be a major man up front for Canada.
Alex Nylander, the No. 1 pick last year, remains a possibility for a repeat run on the Swedish roster if he’s loaned off the Sabres or Amerks roster. Rasmus Asplund, last year's No. 2, will be too old as a 20-year-old and is ineligible.