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FANS TOP FIVE: SLEEPER PICKS

by Staff Writer / Buffalo Sabres
Sabres.com wants you to chronicle the top moments in Sabres history with the Fans Top Five countdown. Each week, we will select a category and list five choices for fans to rank. Think we are missing one? Write in your own ballot.


RESULTS FROM LAST WEEK:

TOP 5 GOAL CELEBRATIONS
5. Gare
4. Foligno
3. Satan
2. Nolan
1. Afinogenov

This week, Sabres.com is counting down the top five sleeper draft picks of all-time. Take a look at the 5 nominees below and rank them with 1 being your favorite. All draft picks are listed in chronological order and are not ranked.



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UWE KRUPP

Uwe Krupp was not selected in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft until the 13th round when the Buffalo Sabres picked him 214th overall.

The sizable defenseman surpassed all expectations, making his NHL debut in 1986. By the 1987-88 season, Krupp was a regular on the Sabres roster and by 1991 he was an elite player in the League – selected to play in the 1991 All-Star game to represent Buffalo.

Krupp went on to play 729 career games, registering 281 points and 660 penalty minutes.



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ALEXANDER MOGILNY

Selected in the fifth round of the 1988 NHL Entry Draft, Alexander Mogilny was a surprise as the 89th pick overall.

The forward became the first Soviet player to defect to the NHL when he fled the country for Buffalo in 1989 and became an offensive weapon for his new team.

Mogilny scored more than 30 goals in eight seasons, became a four-time NHL All-Star and registered 1032 points in just 990 career games.

He is also remembered for breaking the Sabres' single-season goal record when he scored 76 goals in 77 games.


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DONALD AUDETTE


As a player who was drafted as a filler for the Sabres' minor league affiliate, Donald Audette defied all odds.

The 9th-round pick in 1989, 183rd overall, not only made his way to the NHL, but became a great contributer for the Buffalo Sabres.

Dubbed 'the French Gorilla' by play-by-play man Rick Jeanneret, Audette went on to play played nine years with Buffalo.

In that time he registered 166 goals and 297 points in 421 games.

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RYAN MILLER

There were 30 goaltenders selected in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.

Only three of those netminders have gone on to play more than 100 games in the NHL - Craig Anderson, Alex Auld and Ryan Miller

Miller was drafted in the 5th Round, 138th overall, by the Sabres - and the 17th stopper selected.

He has become the face of the franchise with a 146-86 record in 264 career games and a .910 save percentage.


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PAUL GAUSTAD


Just a year after selecting Ryan Miller, the Buffalo Sabres again found a sleeper pick in Paul Gaustad.

The gritty center was selected in the 7th round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, 220th overall.

Gaustad himself has said he never expected to make it to the National Hockey League - but has been a regular on the Sabres roster since the 2005-06 campaign.

One of the team's frontmen, Gaustad has 82 points in 215 career games with the Sabres, as well as 224 penalty minutes.





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