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Panthers time-out rankles fans

Here are nine things of note from the second day of the 2016 NHL Draft.

1. Sabres start with a splash: Fans who arrived on time for the start of day two were treated to Tim Murray’s first trade of the summer. Buffalo moved up from No. 38 to 33 in a trade that sent Dimitri Kulikov to Buffalo and Mark Pysyk to Florida. The move helped the Sabres land Swedish center Rasmus Asplund, who was a linemate with Sabres first-round pick Alex Nylander at the 2016 World Junior Championships.

2. Sabres switcharoo: The fact that the Sabres had two straight picks in the fifth round caused a bit of confusion in the media room. Pick No. 130 Vojtech Budik was mistakenly identified as Philip Nyberg. Budik went along with it, answering questions as if he were Nyberg.

3. Florida calls time: The Florida Panthers took a timeout to get a little more time to make their pick in the sixth round, the only team to do so at this year’s draft. The crowd was not happy with the delay, especially since the draft was moving rather quickly until that point.

4. Speedy second day: Teams had only three minutes to make each selection after the first round after getting five minutes the first day. So the second day selections went at a faster clip. Rounds 2-7 were completed in under four hours.

5. A polite fan: Right wing Beau Bennett was traded by the Pittsburgh Penguins to the New Jersey Devils for the 77th pick in the draft. One Devils fan in attendance was particularly pleased with the move, yelling, “Thank you” from the crowd.

6. BoninoBoninoBonino!: The Devils fan wasn’t the only one to take advantage of a quieter audience on Saturday. One fan took the opportunity to show off his best rendition of Hockey Night in Canada Punjabi’s Nick Bonino overtime goal from the Eastern Conference Finals. That led to plenty of laughs from the surrounding sections.

7. More booing for the Leafs: The boo birds for the Sabres’ QEW rivals didn’t desist on day two. If anything they were amplified since the number of Toronto fans decreased without the intrigue of Auston Matthews.

8. Start of a cheering tradition: Those weren’t boos for the Sabres third-round pick. Instead the fans were cheering Puuuuuu for now-Sabres prospect Cliff Pu. You can add him to the list of players who have cheers of this manner, which includes the likes of Drew Stafford and Roberto Luongo.

9. Blues close out the draft: Nearly all the electricity in the arena was gone by the time St. Louis was called to make the final pick of the draft, No. 211. A good portion of the crowd had filed out, and even the media section was scarce with general manager press conferences beginning in the media room. Filip Helt was Mr. Irrelevant this year. He’s got an uphill climb to make the St. Louis roster someday.

email: jgoods@buffnews.com