By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist

Sean McKenna of the Sabres

Taken in Round 3 in 1980

Other picks in that round: Eleven players in this group reached 100 NHL games played, led by Craig Ludwig (1,256) and Mark Osbourne (919). Some of the other names were Troy Murray, taken right after McKenna, Steve Bozek, Randy Velischek, and Tom Fergus.

The details: McKenna looked like a great pick right after he was taken. The winger scored 57 goals in his final two junior seasons, and was called up for a few games early in 1982. Sean had a pair of 20-goal seasons for Buffalo, but never developed past that point. He was traded to Los Angeles as part of a package that brought Brian Engblom and Doug Smith to Buffalo.

Other 56s: Marty Schottenheimer spent four seasons as a Bill as a reserve linebacker. As you probably know, he did his best work as a coach. Scott Thomas, a graduate of Nichols High School in Buffalo, was drafted in 1989 and played 39 games with the Sabres. Keith Gretzky (1985) had an impossible act to follow in brother Wayne. He spent parts of two seasons in Rochester before bouncing around the minors and European leagues.

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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has been involved in almost every aspect of the local sports scene for the last 40 years. He worked for WEBR Radio, the Buffalo Sabres' public relations department and The Buffalo News during that time. In that time he covered virtually every aspect of the area's sports world, from high schools to the Bills and Sabres and everything in between. Along the way, Budd served as a play-by-play announcer for the Bisons, an analyst for the Stallions, and a talk-show host. He won the National Lacrosse League's Tom Borrelli Award as the media personality of the year in 2011, and was a finalist for that same award in 2017. Budd's seventh and eighth books, one on the Transcontinental Railroad and the other about Ichiro Suzuki, are scheduled to be released in the fall.

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