I think you have to wait 10 years to see if the draft picks turn into players. This is just all speculation.
Aside from moving specific players in and out, the Sabres were neither buyers nor sellers. They were to be buyers to improve specific areas of their roster (i.e. goal scorers, defensemen). They did not go shopping.
Seven consecutive losses later and in danger of not qualify for postseason play for the ninth consecutive season, the Sabres’ necessities and decisions to make cannot be clearer than clear. I will save my thoughts about necessary changes for the front office later.
The Sabres should have acquired a veteran defenseman. Zach Bogosian’s future in the NHL is limited by underachieving and injury history. Terminating his contract freed up a roster space. The space was not filled.
The Sabres need a physical player to get physical when needed. Acquiring Wayne Simmonds may be the best acquisition of the Sabres’ trade deadline moves. The Sabres have been pushed around the ice and has had no one to step up and drop gloves. Simmonds fills that role and brings hockey skills to the table. The Sabres should be smart to retain him.
Doing something earns Jason Botterill a D. Doing more to resolve necessities would result in a higher grade.