By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist

Daren Puppa of the Sabres

Taken in Round 4 in 1983

Other picks in the round: Esa Tikkanen was the biggest start in this round. The Oilers took him at No. 80, and he played 877 games in the NHL. Future Sabres Mikko Makela and Bob Essensa joined Puppa on this fourth-round list.

The details: When Puppa arrived on the scene in 1985-86, Tom Barrasso was installed as the No. 1 goalie of the Sabres. Puppa, therefore, had to wait his turn. When Barrasso was traded to Pittsburgh, Puppa moved up – and stayed through 1993. That’s when he and Dave Andreychuk went to Toronto for Grant Fuhr. However, Puppa did his best work for Tampa Bay later in the 1990s, with six straight seasons of sub-3.00 GAAs to his credit.

Other 74s: Gilles Hamel was a decent forward for the Sabres in the mid-1980s, and was traded for a similar player in Scott Arniel in 1986. Clarke MacArthur never bloomed for the Sabres in the 2000s, but he did have 62 points for the Maple Leafs in 2010-11. Devin Singletary has had two good years at running back for the Bills since arriving in 2019. Tim Anderson started 12 games at defensive tackle for the Bills in 2005, the highlight of his four seasons here.

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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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