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First Pick at 24th Overall

by Staff Writer / Buffalo Sabres

June 20, 2006

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team's order of draft selections for the upcoming 2006 NHL Entry Draft, which will be held Saturday, June 24 in Vancouver, B.C. Buffalo currently holds six selections in the seven-round draft that begins at 6:00 p.m (EST).

The team will make its first selection with the 24th pick in the first round and will follow that up with a pair of second-round selections at the 46th and 57th slots. Buffalo obtained its first second rounder when they shipped Mika Noronen to Vancouver at the trade deadline during 2005-06.

The team will go without a selection in the third round after trading that pick to Calgary in exchange for Toni Lydman prior to last season. The defenseman appeared in 75 games during the regular season, recording one goal, 17 points and 82 penalty minutes.

Maxim Afinogenov is the last player selected by Buffalo in the third round to play more than 75 games for the Sabres in a single season. Afinogenov was picked 69th overall during the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.

In the fourth and fifth rounds, Buffalo holds the 177th and 147th selections respectively.

The Sabres traded their sixth-round pick in a twilight move following the 2005 NHL Draft for South Buffalo native Tim Kennedy. The feisty winger scored four goals and 19 points in 29 games during his freshman campaign at Michigan State, but was sidelined by a broken wrist midway through the season. He suffered the injury while blocking a shot on a penalty kill.

Buffalo's final selection will come in the seventh round at the 207th position.

Visit HSBC Arena on Saturday, June 24 from 5:30 - 9 p.m for the Sabres 2006 Draft Party. The event is free, and open to fans of all ages. MORE INFORMATION

Round --- Selection
1st --- 24th Overall
2nd --- 46th Overall
2nd --- 57th Overall
4th --- 117th Overall
5th --- 147th Overall
7th --- 207th Overall

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