Buffalo has selected 5'11, 190-pound Jacob Lagacé in the 5th round. As expected, the Sabres have continued to rely on the QMJHL on Day Two. The hard-nosed winger had 23 goals in 2007-08 with Chicoutimi while skating on a line with '08 second rounder, Nicolas Deschamps. The 62 total points in his first QMJHL season were good for fourth in Q rookie scoring, leading the St. Hyacinthe, QC native to finish as the 55th best North American skater on Central Scouting's rankings despite a less than favorable showing at the U18's in Kazan. A very hard worker who makes smart plays, Lagacé employs a style befitting a much larger player. He spends time on both special teams units, and is expected to be a key performer for the Sagueneens next season. He may very well develop into a draft day steal if his strength ever comes around. From the NHL Draft site:
SCOUTING REPORT NHL Central Scouting's Chris Bordeleau "He played on Canada's Under-18 team and deservedly so. Jacob is a good skater and another player who came out of nowhere this season after I saw him quite a bit as an underage player last season. He has good hands – he's not a big player, but he could surprise people if he continues to work hard and improve his game."