By Budd Bailey

Jake McCabe of the Sabres

Taken in Round 2 in 2012

The next pick: Goalie Anthony Stolarz is on his third NHL team, Anaheim, after he was drafted by Philadelphia and passed through Edmonton. Anthony has some good minor-league numbers when given a chance.

Other picks in the round: The story of these players hasn’t been written yet, but the list includes Damon Severson of New Jersey, Jordan Martinook of Phoenix, Chris Tierney of San Jose, Colton Sissons of Nashville, and Brock McGinn of Carolina.

The details: McCabe signed with the Sabres in the spring of 2014 after finishing his third season at the University of Wisconsin. After a year with Rochester, Jake has been a regular with the Sabres. He might have been on to his best season in Buffalo in 2020-21 when a severe knee injury ended the year after only 13 games.

Other 44s: Terry Martin was a regular for the Sabres for a couple of years in the late 1970s, but did his best work with Toronto from 1979 to 1984. Terry was an assistant coach for the Sabres in 1996. Luke Adam never could get any traction with the Sabres, playing 52 games in 2011-12 but otherwise mostly staying in the minors. Cyrus Kouandjio was the best high school lineman in the country, and went to Alabama. The Bills took him in 2014, but injuries never let him fulfill his potential.

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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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