Here is a sampling of commentary and draft grades from national media outlets about how the Sabres fared in the 2018 NHL Draft.
When you get the best defenseman in at least a decade to enter the draft, it's hard not to like how your draft went. It's another touchstone moment for the franchise. The Sabres followed that up by taking Mattias Samuelsson, who I think has a very short NHL timeline based on his physical strength and hockey sense. For not having a ton of picks, Buffalo is a lot better of an organization today than it was yesterday.
Anything other than an A in this draft would've been a tremendous disappointment. Rasmus Dahlin was a slam dunk at No. 1 and instantly improves Buffalo's defensive prospects, and pairing him with Mattias Samuelsson at the top of the second was solid. As is the case with just about everyone's mid- to later-round picks, nothing else is guaranteed, but Dahlin should have them smiling.
The franchise made a 180-degree upright turn with just one pick, and the whole world will be fixated on Buffalo to see what Rasmus Dahlin (first) does on a nightly basis. Taking two-way physical blueliner Mattias Samuelsson (32nd) and hard-nosed 200-foot forward Matej Pekar (94th) will help the Sabres tilt the ice in their favor, and the trip of late-round European puck-moving defenders in Linus Cronholm (117th), Miska Kukkonen (125th) and William Worge Kreu (187th) beefs up a thin prospect pool on the blue line.
Dahlin is the dominant player in this draft and the best defensive prospect in years. The Sabres are hoping he can become a dominant defenseman like countrymen Nicklas Lidstrom, Victor Hedman and Erik Karlsson.
It didn’t matter who the Sabres drafted in Rounds 2 through 7. They were always going to get an A in this draft because they got the best player and an absolute stud.