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Sabres select Penn State-bound Brett Murray in the fourth

Brett Murray already had a tie to Sabres owner Terry Pegula. Now, he has an even stronger one.

The Penn State commit was taken by the Buffalo Sabres in the fourth round of the 2016 NHL Draft with pick No. 99.

Murray, a 6-foot-5 left wing from Bolton, Ontario, scored 14 goals and 46 points in 48 games with the Carleton Place Canadiens of the CCHL last season.

“I like to play a power forward role,” Murray said. “I use my size to win one-on-one battles in the corners, down low and on the wall. At the same time, I use my skill and hockey IQ to make plays for my line mates.”

He was courted by multiple Division I schools, but opted for Penn State, one of the youngest programs in the sport. A major factor in Murray’s decision to go to Penn State was the facilities, which were built thanks to hefty donations from Pegula.

Murray had never met Pegula until he was introduced on the draft floor. The two shared a short conversation.

“He just gave me a couple words, telling me I had a long road ahead of me,” Murray said. “He’s going to be pushing me.”

Murray played in the Greater Ottawa area, where Sabres GM Tim Murray (no relation) has plenty of connections.

“With my meeting with the Buffalo Sabres he asked me ‘Is that the Scottish or the Irish Murray?’” Murray said. “I answered the wrong one, but I guess he doesn’t care about that now.”

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