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SABRES SEEK ANOTHER "SWEET 16" DRAFT PICK

Monday, 06.13.2011 / 9:22 AM / News
By Rob Crean  - Public Relations Director
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SABRES SEEK ANOTHER \"SWEET 16\" DRAFT PICK
The Sabres own the 16th overall selection in the upcoming 2011 NHL Entry Draft, a spot they have picked from just twice before.  Both times, they came away with a solid contributor and will look to continue that trend later this month in St. Paul, Minnesota.  One player drafted by Buffalo at No. 16 wound up as the National Hockey League’s all-time leader in power play goals and remains the second-leading scorer in Sabres history, while the other became the fourth winningest goalie in franchise history as well as a fan favorite in Buffalo.

In 1982, the Sabres held three first round picks, selecting Phil Housley sixth overall and Paul Cyr ninth overall.  With the 16th overall pick in the Draft, the team took a high scoring, big-bodied forward from the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League named Dave Andreychuk.

Andreychuk went on to have one of the longest careers the NHL has ever seen, appearing in 1,639 regular season games, which ranks sixth all-time, with six different teams over 23 seasons.  He spent his first 10 seasons with the Sabres before being dealt to Toronto midway through his 11th season along with Darren Puppa and a first round pick in exchange for Grant Fuhr and a fifth round draft choice.  Andreychuk would later return to Buffalo for a second stint in 2000-01, but made his mark in the Sabres’ record books during his years at the Aud.

While he never broke the 100-point or 50-goal plateaus in a Buffalo uniform, Andreychuk was a model of consistency and a prime point producer for the Blue and Gold.  He topped the 30-goal mark in seven of his 10 full seasons with the team and went over 70 points on six occasions.  In 837 career games with the Sabres, which ranks 6th in club history, Andreychuk recorded 368 goals (3rd most in Sabres history), 436 assists (2nd) and 804 points (2nd). He also tallied 38 game-winning goals, nine hat tricks and 804 penalty minutes.

Dave Andreychuk (Photo: Getty Images)
Andreychuk was not only one of the most productive scorers in Sabres history, but in league history.  He currently ranks 13th all-time in career goals (640) and 29th in points (1,338).

However, his most impressive numbers can be found in his power play totals. 

In his first 10-plus seasons in Buffalo, Andreychuk notched double-digit power play goals in nine of them, including 28 during the 1991-92 campaign.  The following year, he netted 20 power play goals in 52 games with the Sabres, then added 12 more man-advantage goals in 31 games with Toronto following the mid-season trade.  His 32 total power play goals marked the second-highest single-season total in league history.  By the time his 23-year career was over, Andreychuk had amassed 274 power play goals to rank as the NHL’s all-time leader in the category. Of those 274 PPGs, 161 came in a Sabres uniform.

The second, and most recent, time that the Sabres held the 16th overall pick in the NHL Entry Draft was in 1995.  They also happened to pick 14th that year and used it to select defensemen Jay McKee, who would go on to play nearly 600 games for the team.  Two picks later, they selected goaltender Martin Biron out of Beauport of the QMJHL with the 16th overall selection.

Martin Biron (Photo: AP)
Biron’s affable and outgoing nature would make him a fan favorite during his tenure in Buffalo, but he also posted quality numbers.  In exactly 300 career games with the team over parts of nine seasons, he went 134-115-29 with a 2.53 goals against average, a .909 save percentage and 18 shutouts.

Among all goaltenders to have suited up for the Sabres in their 40-year history, Biron ranks 4th in games played, 4th in wins, 2nd in goals against average (among those to have played at least 100 games) and 3rd in shutouts.

He was dealt to the Flyers at the 2007 trade deadline in exchange for a 2nd round pick, a move that was made during Buffalo’s President’s Trophy-winning season.  During that year, the most successful regular season in franchise history, Biron went 12-4-1 with the Sabres before being traded.  Since then, he has enjoyed stints with the Flyers, Islanders and Rangers, compiling a record of 82-67-20 and surpassing the 200-win milestone during the 2009-10 campaign.

While the first two 16th overall draft choices in Sabres history netted the league’s all-time power play goal scorer and a popular, winning goaltender, they hope to find another player this year who can, like Andreychuk and Biron, find his way into the team’s record books.

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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