Coming off securing the first overall pick in the 2021 NHL Draft by winning the NHL Draft Lottery on Wednesday, Sabres general manager Kevyn Adams joined "The Instigators" on Friday to talk about the team's efforts in the getting ready for this July's draft. Adams also provided an overall update on the status of the organization so far this offseason.
Adams said the team has to get better in every aspect of the organization.
"I looked at our team and our organization over the past few months and we did not have enough depth across the board," Adams said with Andrew Peters, Craig Rivet and Martin Biron on WGR. "Our pipeline is not deep enough. That's why we pivoted during the season and tried accumulate assets and draft picks to start to build that back up. We need to get better in every area both on our NHL roster, our AHL roster and in our prospect pool."
One way that Adams can improve the aforementioned areas of the organization is through the 2021 NHL Draft. Adams said this draft class presents a unique scenario in that there's more than two or three clear cut top prospects.
"A lot of years there may be two or three guys who are in the conversation for the first overall pick. This year, a lot of people would say that there's more than that," Adams said. "It's going to be a fun process to dig into all these guys and have conversations about what they bring to the table."
Draft preparation aside, Adams revealed that the team has had preliminary talks with the representatives of Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin about a contract extension. The Sabres general manager spoke highly of Dahlin, who is set to be a restricted free agent as of Wednesday, July 28.
"Rasmus is a great kid, a mature [player] who wants to get better," Adams said. "He truly wants to be the best and there's a mentality around that. ... When you have that and you have the talent, then good things can happen. We've made it clear that we'll get together soon."
You can listen to Adams' entire interview during "The Instigators" below: