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The NHL draft begins at 8 p.m. Friday on ESPN, and the Buffalo Sabres have the first pick overall. Get caught up with our team coverage leadin…

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With standouts like Rasmus Ristolainen, Sam Reinhart and Jack Eichel all taken in the first round the last three years, the Buffalo Sabres’ recent draft history has provided some immediate dividends. While the career paths of those three players have yet to be written, the Sabres have flourished over the years with selections both at the top of the draft and in lower rounds. Here’s Mike Harrington’s look at the best draft choices in Sabres