CRUNCHING THE NUMBERS
A look at some of the unique numbers and facts from the Sabres draft history.
0: The number of Russians drafted by Buffalo in the last six Entry Drafts. The last Russian player the Sabres selected was defenseman Vyacheslav Buravchikov in the sixth round (191st overall) in 2005.
1: The Sabres have picked first overall twice in their 41-year draft history. The infamous “spin of the wheel” landed them Gilbert Perreault in the 1970 Draft, the team’s expansion season. Then on the heels of a 28-44-8 last-place finish in 1986-87, they were able to grab Pierre Turgeon with the first pick in the 1987 Entry Draft. Ironically, the 1986-87 season was also the last NHL campaign for Perreault.
2: Prior to this season, the Sabres have owned two first-round picks in the three other drafts: 1995 (Jay McKee-14, Martin Biron-16); 2002 (Keith Ballard-11, Daniel Paille-20); 2008 (Tyler Myers-12, Tyler Ennis-26).
3: The Sabres have had three first-round selections twice in franchise history: 1982 (Phil Housley-6, Paul Cyr-9, Dave Andreychuk-16); 1983 (Tom Barrasso-5, Normand Lacombe-10, Adam Creighton-11). Of the six selections, only Andreychuk was taken with Buffalo’s actual draft spot. The Housley pick came over from Los Angeles in a trade for Jerry Korab on March 10, 1980. The Barrasso pick was the result of a trade with Los Angeles on March 10, 1981 that saw Rick Martin moved to the Kings. The Cyr and Lacombe picks were part of a trade with Calgary on June 9, 1982, that sent Don Edwards and Richie Dunn to the Flames. Buffalo’s original first-round pick in 1983 was packaged in the Flames deal, and that turned out to be Dan Quinn.
3: This is also the number of years the Sabres have been without a first-round draft pick: 1976 (traded to Atlanta for Jacques Richard); 1993 (traded to Toronto for Grant Fuhr); 2007 (traded to Washington for Dainius Zubrus).
7: From 2007-2009, Buffalo GM Darcy Regier selected nine players in the first three rounds of each draft. Of those nine players, seven have gone on to play for the Sabres: TJ Brennan (2007-2nd), Corey Tropp (2007-2nd), Myers (2008-1st), Ennis (2008-1st), Luke Adam (2008-2nd), Zack Kassian (2009-1st) and Brayden McNabb (2009-3rd). Kassian was traded to Vancouver this year, in a deal that brought Cody Hodgson to Buffalo. Hodgson was drafted in the first round (10th overall) of the 2008 Draft by the Canucks.
10: The number of spots in the first round that the Sabres have never selected at: 2, 3, 4, 8, 19, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30.
12: Morris Titanic (1973) and Tyler Myers (2008) are the only two players the Sabres have ever drafted in the 12th overall spot. Myers is the more celebrated of the two, winning a Calder Trophy as the NHL’s Rookie of the Year in 2009-10. Titanic played 19 games for the Sabres from 1974-76.
13: This is the most popular draft position in Sabres history, as they’ve made six picks all-time with the 13th overall selection: Larry Playfair (1978); Joel Savage (1988); Philippe Boucher (1991); Drew Stafford (2004); Marek Zagrapan (2005); Zack Kassian (2009).
18: Of the 46 first-round picks in Sabres history, 18 have been made in spots 11 through 14. They have picked five times at number 11, twice at 12, six in the 13th position and five at 14th overall.
21: Goaltender Mika Noronen is the lone player that has taken by the Sabres in the 21st spot of the first round. Noronen also joined Barrasso (1983) and Biron (1995) as the only three goalies the Sabres have ever drafted in the first round.
26: This represents the lowest first-round pick the Sabres have ever made, and it’s happened just once; Tyler Ennis in 2008. Buffalo acquired this pick (along with Steve Bernier) from San Jose in the trade that sent Brian Campbell and a seventh-rounder to the Sharks on February 26, 2008