By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist
Peter McNab of the Sabres
Taken in Round 6 in 1972
Other picks in that round: No other player selected in that round played more than 16 games in the NHL, and that player was McNab’s teammate at the University of Denver, Rob Palmer.
The details: McNab, the son of hockey player/coach/GM Max, arrived in Buffalo in the 1973-74 season. He had 43 points in 53 games in 1974-75 when the Sabres reached the Stanley Cup finals, and added 56 points the following season. But he was a little stuck behind centers like Gil Perreault and Don Luce in terms of playing time. The Sabres and Bruins worked out a deal to exchange the rights to free agents, as McNab went to Boston and Andre Savard came here. McNab blossomed as a scorer, scoring at least 35 goals in the next six seasons. He finished with 363 goals.
Other 85s: You’ve spent too much time studying hockey media guides if you remember David Pergola, a fifth-round choice of the Sabres in 1987. The right winger spent four years at Boston College and then played parts of two years for Erie in the ECHL.
(Follow Budd on Twitter @WDX2BB)