It was impossible for me to leave this guy off of the list although he made his name as a Boston Bruin and not a Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres and the Bruins used to have a huge rivalry which makes this even more difficult.
Peter McNab- 1972 (6th round, #85 overall)
Peter McNab was the Sabres final draft pick in 1972 and other than the first round draft choice of Jim Schoenfeld, he had the best career of any of the other picks. McNab was a standout player for the University of Denver when the Sabres selected him. He had scored 27 goals in only 38 games in 1971-1972 before Buffalo selected him.
He played three seasons for the Sabres before his rights were transferred to the Boston Bruins. I'd be lying if I said I understood the process that was involved wiith him becoming a member of the Bruins but either way the Bruins benefited greatly from the rule. It had something to do with compensation for the Sabres signing Andre Savard.
He played 53 games for the Sabres in 1974-1975, the year they lost to Philadelphia in the Stanley Cup, and he scored 22 goals. In the playoffs he had only two goals and seven assists in 17 games that season. He followed that season with another good season for the Sabres, scoring 24 goals and 32 assists for 56 points. He was transferred to Boston after that season.
In his first season with the Bruins he scored 38 goals and 48 assists for a career high 86 points. By the time his career ended McNab had played in 954 regular season games and 107 playoff games. He scored 363 regular season goals and had a total of 813 points. In addition he scored 40 goals and added 42 assists in the playoffs during his career.