Oct. 30, 1971 -- It didn't take long for the Sabres' top draft choice of 1971, Rick Martin, to show he was a talented scorer.
Martin had the first of his 21 hat tricks as the Sabres earned a tie against Vancouver. The left winger was a great fit with Gil Perreault on the Sabres' top line, as they were a potent combination for most of the rest of the decade. Talk about a sniper -- Martin might have had the most accurate slap shot in recent NHL history.
--- Budd Bailey