This Day in Sabres History :: June 11
Posted 11 June 2006 - 08:45 AM
Posted 11 June 2006 - 07:57 PM
On the 11th day of the month, after earning the right to pick first in the amateur draft on this day with a winning spin that stopped on 11, the Sabres draft number 11 of the Montreal Junior Canadiens, Gilbert Perreault, a phenom center who has been compared to a young Jean Beliveau. After that, the Sabres take Butch Deadmarsh, Steve Cuddie, Randy Wyrozub, Mike Morton, Tim Keeler, Tim Regan, Doug Rombough and Luc Nadeau. So, after the waiver, expansion and amateur drafts, and some wheeling and dealing by Punch Imlach, we have ourselves a hockey team. The coach and GM looks at veteran goaltender and former Conn Smythe winner Roger Crozier, and Perreault, and others, and likes what he sees, vowing that the Sabres will be the first expansion team to win a Stanley Cup.
Well, out of that expansion class, we're still in the run, right?
It was a hell of an expansion assembly. It's still a hell of a team.