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Sabres select three centers in Round 1 of 2022 NHL Draft

The Buffalo Sabres made three picks in the first round of the 2022 NHL Draft on Thursday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

With the ninth overall pick, Buffalo selected center Matthew Savoie. The 5-foot-9, 175-pound native of St. Albert, Alberta recorded 90 points (35+55) in 65 games for the Winnipeg ICE of the WHL. He was ranked No. 4 among North American-based skaters by NHL Central Scouting.

With the 16th overall pick, the Sabres selected center Noah Ostlund. The 5-foot-10, 194-pound forward produced 42 points (9+33) in 32 games for Djurgarden’s Jr. team in the Swedish Jr. League last season. He was ranked 18th among European-based skaters by NHL Central Scouting.

With the 28th-overall pick, Buffalo selected center Jiri Kulich. The 5-foot-11, 178-pound native of Kadan, Czechia was ranked 13th by NHL Central Scouting among European-based skaters. With Karlov Vary in Czechia’s top professional league, he recorded 14 points (9+15) in 49 games played, more points than any junior-aged player in the league.

Rounds 2-7 of the draft will be held on Friday, starting at 11 a.m. If the Sabres don’t make any trades, they are slated to make seven more picks on Day 2.