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Eichel shoots to the top of the list of players wearing No. 15

Before he ever plays a game for the Sabres wearing the number, Jack Eichel is easily the most prominent player to don No. 15 in team history.

A check of Hockey-Reference.com shows 15 has been worn by 20 different players in the franchise's 45 seasons, most recently by Colin Stuart in 2012.  The most accomplished No. 15s are probably former captain and GM Gerry Meehan (1971-75) and late 90s standout Dixon Ward (1996-2000).

The most unique trivia answer is Michel Deziel, who became the first player in franchise history to debut in the playoffs (1975) before playing a regular season game. That feat wasn't repeated until Nathan Paetsch arrived on the defense-decimated Sabres during the 2006 Eastern Conference finals against Carolina. (Strangely enough, Deziel's one game in the '75 playoffs was the only game he ever played in the NHL.)

It was also worn by the likes of 1980 US Olympian Rob McClanahan, former Montreal standout Yvon Lambert, former No. 1 pick Adam Creighton and ex-second round pick Greg Brown, whose nephew Christopher is in this year's development camp.

The full list of Sabres 15s reads like this:
Gerry Meehan (1971-75)
Bryan McSheffrey (1975)
Michel Deziel (1975)
Gary McAdam (1977-79)
Mike Boland (1979)
Rob McClanahan (1980-81)
Yvon Lambert (1982)
Geordie Robertson (1983)
Chris Langevin (1984-86)
Adam Creighton (1984-85)
Doug Smith (1986-88)
Kevin Haller (1990)
Lou Franceschetti (1991)
Randy Wood (1992)
Greg Brown (1993)
Sergei Petrenko (1994)
Dixon Ward (1996-2000)
Milan Bartovic (2003-04)
Danius Zubrus (2007)
Colin Stuart (2012)
Jack Eichel (2015)

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