By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist

Jacob Bryson of the Sabres

Taken in Round 4 in 2016

Other pick in that round: Drake Batherson of Ottawa went at No. 121; he’s in his first full season with the Senators.

The details: Bryson is the easy pick here because he’s the only one who ever suited up for a Buffalo team. Jacob played his first game in the NHL on February 23, 2021 against the Devils. The Sabres won that game, but then went on a record losing streak from there. We’ll see how the defenseman turns out in the years to come.

Other 99s: Ron Gassert was picked by the Bills in 1962, but he signed with Green Bay instead and played 10 games for the Packers that year. Cam MacGregor was a sixth-round choice of the Sabres in 1978. The left winger bounced around the minor leagues until 1983.

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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