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Draft Edition: Did You Know?

Thursday, 06.22.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Draft Edition: Did You Know?
Buffalo has not drafted a Canadian born player in the first-round of the NHL Entry Draft since selecting Daniel Paille 20th overall in 2002. Prior to Paille's selection, Martin Biron - 16th overall pick in 1995 - was the last Canadian player chosen by the Sabres in the first round.

In the past 10 years, 36 per cent of the Sabres' first round picks have been born in the United States. Note: Buffalo held a pair of first-round picks in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

United States (4) - Erik Rasmussen '96, Barrett Heisten '99, Keith Ballard '02, Drew Stafford '04.
Russia (2) - Dmitri Kalinin '98, Artem Kriukov '00
Austria (1)- Thomas Vanek '03
Canada (1) - Daniel Paille '02
Czech Republic (1) - Jiri Novotny '01
Finland (1) - Mika Noronen '97
Slovakia (1) - Marek Zagrapan '05

Prior to the 1979 draft, no US College player had ever been selected in the first round.

Buffalo broke the streak when they selected Mike Ramsey from Minnesota-Duluth with the 11th overall selection in 1979. Ramsey appeared in 911 games for the Sabres over 14 seasons, recording 73 goals and 329 points. His 924 penalty minutes still ranks eighth in franchise history.

A New Selection at 24
The Sabres have never drafted a player with the 24th selection of any draft.

Youth Movement
Buffalo has drafted 21 players directly out of high school, including last year's second seventh-round pick, Andrew Oprik. Selecting a high schooler seems to be a high risk, high reward proposition.

Of the 21 players only four had NHL careers that lasted longer than 150 NHL games: Phil Housley '82; Tom Barrasso '83; Keith Carney '88 and Derek Plante '89.

Those four players have combined to appear in 3,599 games, while the other 17 just 301.

Year of the International Player
The highest concentration of international players selected in one draft came in 2000. With 123 selections, players who competed overseas made up 42 percent of the draft pool. Buffalo claimed the rights to three Russian prospects that year, including Kriukov, Denis Denisov and Vasily Bizyayev.

All three remain in Buffalo's system.

In the past five years, just over 31 percent (14 of 45 selections) have been imports from countries outside North America.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82