By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist
Andrej Sekera of the Sabres
Taken in Round 3 in 2004
Other picks in the round: Sekera wound up second in games played in the NHL that round to Alexander Edler, taken by Vancouver at No. 91. Johan Franzen, No. 97 to the Red Wings, led the round in goals with 187.
The details: Sekera needed a year and a half in Rochester, but came up for good to the Sabres in 2007-08. He stayed as a regular in Buffalo through 2012-13. Then Andrej was dealt to Carolina for Jamie McBain and a draft choice. Sekera continues to play in the NHL as of this writing for Dallas, having gone through the Oilers and Kings as well.
Other 71s: John Schmeding was an offensive lineman taken by the Bills from Boston College in 1980. He never did play a game in the NFL, but went on to become a high school football coach in New Jersey. Greg Neeld is remembered as a junior hockey player who lost an eye in an on-ice accident in 1973. He wore a face shield – the first player to do so – and was drafted by the Sabres in 1975. Greg wasn’t allowed to play in the NHL, but he did suit up in the World Hockey Association and in the minors.
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