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This Day in Buffalo Sports History; June 24, 2006 -- A miss, two hits

The Sabres had to go all the way to Vancouver for that year's NHL Entry Draft. Even five years later, it's tough to know how well they did.

The team's first pick overall was Dennis Persson, a defenseman who is still waiting to play in his first NHL game. Persson actually came up to the NHL from the minors, but wasn't needed in the Sabre lineup so he never did get to put on a uniform.

The second round paid more immediate dividends. Jhonas Enroth was a top-ranked goalie, and he made a major contribution to the Sabres' playoff push. Mike Weber has been with Buffalo for parts of three seasons.

General manager Darcy Regier didn't know any of that at the time, but he was pretty happy with how the top picks worked out at the time.

"We came away with a solid defenseman, one of the four goalies we considered upper-echelon in this draft and a gritty-type defender with size," he said.

St. Louis had the first pick in that draft, and used it on Erik Johnson, a defenseman.

-- Budd Bailey

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