By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist
Brayden McNabb of the Sabres
Taken in Round 3 in 2009
Other picks in the round: The leader from this group in NHL games played now is a familiar name: Cody Eakin, who joined the Sabres as a free agent. Reilly Smith (Dallas) and Tyson Barrie (Colorado) also turned out to be solid choices.
The details: McNabb had to get out of the Sabres’ organization to find success. The defenseman mostly played in Rochester from 2011 to 2014. Then Buffalo dealt him to the Kings in a package for Hudson Fasching and Nicolas Deslauriers. He spent three years in Los Angeles as a regular, and is on his fourth year with the Vegas Golden Knights.
Other 66s: You’d think someone would have been taken by the Bills at No. 66, but it’s never fallen properly. The cupboard is empty for the Sabres too. Mike Gazdic went to the Sabres in 1978, but spent one year in Milwaukee in the International Hockey League and headed to college.
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