By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist
Ray Sheppard of the Sabres
Taken in Round 3 in 1984
Other picks in that round: The standout of the group was Canadiens’ goalie Patrick Roy, a third-round choice (No. 51) who is one of the all-time greats. Second to Sheppard in goals among players taken in the round is Michal Pivonka of the Caps, while Jeff Norton, Steven Finn and Trent Yawney also had good-sized careers.
The details: Ray’s hockey career had quite a ride. He started with a 38-goal season with the Sabres. In two years, Buffalo didn’t want him playing on its roster or in Rochester, and the team essentially gave him to the Rangers in the summer of 1990. Ray had a good year in New York, and then went to Detroit where he scored 150 goals in the next four seasons (including 52 in 1993-94). Sheppard bounced to San Jose, Florida and Carolina before finishing his career with 357 goals.
Other 60s: It’s a weak group. Paul White (1962) and Chuck Linning (1961) never played a game for the Bills. Matt Friedman (2010) was a lacrosse standout for Canisius, but never played for the Bandits.
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