Last year Darcy Regier left Buffalo with one amazing going away present. He traded Thomas Vanek to the Islanders for Matt Moulson, a 1st round draft pick, and a 2nd round pick. Islanders GM Garth Snow had the option to give the Sabres either the 2014 or 2015 1st round pick of the team. Last year the Islanders had the 5th overall pick and selected Michael Dal Colle. This year the Islanders are likely to have the 18th or 19th pick. I would argue that the prospect available with that pick will be better than Dal Colle or who was available at the 5th pick last year.
This year Michael Dal Colle had 93 points in 56 games playing for the Oshawa Generals in the OHL. Those are about the same numbers he had last season. Dal Colle was also cut from the Canadian junior team back in December. Sabre prospect Nick Baptiste was at Canada's camp longer. The player I would like to see the Sabres draft with the Islanders pick is Travis Konecny. He had an amazing game in the CHL Top Prospects game. Konecny had 68 points in 60 games, as well as 10 points in 5 playoff games for the Ottawa 67's. The difference between Konecny and Dal Colle is that Konecny is good at every facet of the game. He's responsible defensively, can play power play, penalty kill, and can play on any line. Dal Colle is very one dimensional. If he's not scoring, he's not useful. I would rather have Konecny than Dal Colle, Jake Virtanen, William Nylander, or anyone else drafted afterwards.
Garth Snow may think he made a smart decision by trading the 5th overall pick in 2014 for the 18th pick in the 2015 draft, but he didn't. The talent in this year's draft is so much better than last years, that at worst I would say that the 20th prospect in this year's draft would easily go top 10 last season. If the Sabres choose to hang onto the Islanders pick, and not trade it, they will be getting a great player for the future.