Sabres grab Eric Cornel at #44

Eric Cornel (6'2", 184 lbs., 4/11/96) is a Buffalo Sabres prospect after being selected 44th overall at the 2014 NHL draft.

Cornel is smart, speedy and crafty, and he can succeed both at center and down the wing. He potted 25 goals and 62 points in the regular season, but really shined in the second half of the season on Peterborough's top line along with power forward Nick Ritchie (first round, Anaheim). When the calendar flipped into January, Cornel took off with seven goals and 18 points in 12 games. It was upward from there, with Cornel showing confidence and poise all the way through the playoffs (11GP 4-3-7).

Cornel is just hitting his potential, and this can be a very smart pick for the Sabres scouts following two more years of seasoning in the OHL.

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