WNY Hockey Prospects

Sabres Select Austin Osmanski

Hearing your name called during the NHL Draft is something almost every kid who grows up playing hockey has thought about countless times.  Being drafted by your hometown team, in your actual hometown, is something so unbelievable, its hard to imagine even in a dream.  This Saturday however, that is exactly what happened to East Aurora, NY native Austin Osmanski when the Buffalo Sabres selected him in the 7th Round, #189 overall.

“If you were to ask me a year or two ago if I would be wearing that sweater in that arena on the day I was drafted… I probably would have laughed at you. I never thought it would result in this but now that it has, it’s time to get back to work.”

A 6th Round selection of the Mississauga Steelheads in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection, Osmanski’s game really took off after moving to the Buffalo Jr. Sabres program for the 2014 – 2015 season.  Playing with some of the area’s best players, and having access to the facilities at the HarborCenter, really helped Austin develop his game.

“Being at Harborcenter every day and having the resources available to me were what allowed me to push my game to the next level last season and offseason heading into this year in Mississauge.  The Junior Sabres brought in the best coaching which allowed me to also lift the ceiling on my game even higher.”

Osmanski still has two seasons of OHL play to develop his game and earn a pro contract, but he already posses a prototypical NHL frame at 6’4″ and 205 lbs even at 18 years of age and it’s not hard to envision a point in the not to distant future where his dream becomes a career.

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