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 leading into the first round.

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The on-ice development of many prospects was impacted by restrictions to combat the spread of the virus, as positive Covid-19 tests wreaked havoc on the schedules of every active league and players couldn’t train as they normally would. This has caused the NHL’s 32 teams to rethink how they evaluate talent in this unusual year, which likely will impact their draft rankings.

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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