2014 NHL DRAFT PRIMERNews | 6/26/2014 11:08:19 AM | ROCHESTER AMERICANS
2014 NHL DRAFT ORDER OF SELECTION – FIRST ROUND
5. NY Islanders
10. Anaheim (from OTT)
19. Tampa Bay
20. San Jose
21. St. Louis
28. Tampa Bay (from NYR)
29. Los Angeles
30. New Jersey
SABRES 2014 DRAFT PICKS
2 (Round 1)
SABRES FIRST RD. DRAFT PICKS, LAST 1O YEARS
2013: Rasmus Ristolainen*, Nikita Zadorov
2012: Mikhail Grigorenko*, Zemgus Girgensons*
2011: Joel Armia*
2010: Mark Pysyk*
2009: Zack Kassian*
2008: Tyler Myers, Tyler Ennis
2007: No first-round pick
2006: Dennis Persson*
2005: Marek Zagrapan*
2004: Drew Stafford*
- For the first time since 2011, the Buffalo Sabres enter the NHL Draft with just one pick in the first round. Both of Buffalo’s first-round selections from last season saw time in the NHL, while rookie blueliner Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall) also spent time in Rochester. In 34 games with the Amerks, Ristolainen put up 20 points (6+14) and finished the season third in scoring among team defensemen. In addition, Ristolainen also scored the gold-medal clinching goal for Team Finland at the 2013 World Junior Championships in December.
- The 2014 Draft marks the highest selection (2nd) for Buffalo since Thomas Vanek was taken fifth in 2003. This year’s second overall pick also becomes the second-highest in team history after Pierre Turgeon was claimed first overall by the Sabres back in 1987. Vanek, the highest-drafted Sabres prospect to suit up for the Amerks in over a decade, began his pro career by tying the Rochester club record for goals by a rookie with 42 tallies in 2004-05. He also went onto to match a franchise-record with 25 power-play goals that same season, becoming the just 2nd player to reach the mark.
- For the second year in a row, the Sabres will have three second-round picks, two of which were acquired from the Minnesota Wild in a trade that sent forwards Matt Moulson and Cody McCormick to the Wild. After playing just eight games for the Sabres in 2012-13, the 31-year-old McCormick joined the Amerks for the remainder of the campaign, notching 11 points (6+5) in 25 AHL contests. He also scored one goal and earned a team-high 26 penalty minutes in three playoff games.
- The 2013-14 Amerks featured six former first-round draft choices at various points in the season: Joel Armia (Buffalo, 2011), Colton Gillies (originally selected by Minnesota, 2007), Mikhail Grigorenko (Buffalo, 2012), Nick Petrecki (originally selected by San Jose, 2007), Mark Pysyk (Buffalo, 2010) and Rasmus Ristolainen (Buffalo, 2013).
- The last No. 1 overall draft pick to play for the Amerks was versatile defenseman Rick Pagnutti, who was taken first by the Los Angeles Kings in 1967. Inducted into the Amerks Hall of Fame in March 2012, Pagnutti still owns the club record for most goals scored by a defenseman in a single season with 18 in 1972-73.