There were plenty of prospects in this year's draft whose dad played in the NHL, and the Sabres took one.
Buffalo selected Casey Fitzgerald, whose father, Tom, played more than 1,000 games in the NHL, with the No. 86 overall pick in the third round. The defenseman recorded four goals and 27 points in 38 games with Boston College this season.
Tom Fitzergerald is the assistant general manager of the New Jersey Devils, so when Casey was making his way onto the draft floor, he was momentarily sidetracked.
"I was trying to make my way over to the Buffalo table and he grabbed me and just said congrats," Casey said.
A native of Massachusetts he is a veteran of the U.S. National Team Development Program, and has represented the United States in several tournaments, including the 2015 under-18 world championships. While there, he played with current Sabre Jack Eichel who taught him about what Buffalo has to offer.
"I’m friends with Jack Eichel. He says he loves it here," Fitzgerald said. "I talked to him. I didn’t really know that much about," Buffalo "before but I’ve been learning a lot about it, just how much a hockey hot bed it really is and the tremendous support of the fans is awesome. Cool to hear form Jack about how much he loves it."