PHILADELPHIA, P.A. (WIVB) – The Sabres chose Brendan Lemieux with the 31st overall pick of the 2014 NHL draft.
Lemieux is a forward currently playing in the OHL for the Barrie Colts. There were many that thought Lemieux would go in the first round.
Brendan is the son of NHL great Claude Lemieux. Claude was drafted 23rd overall in 1983 and played until 2009. He won four Stanley Cups and was named the Conn Smyth Trophy winner in 1995. Brendan Lemieux has received comparisons to his accomplished father.
“I like to be considered one of fiery guys in the draft and they just gave one of the fire guys in the draft more fire,” Lemieux, who thought he’d go in the first round, said to the NHL Network.
The 18-year-old Lemieux had 53 points, 27 goals and 26 assists in 65 games for the Barrie Colts.
“I look to make an impact as soon as I can (on the Sabres) and for as a long as i can,” Lemieux explained to the NHL Network.
The Sabres traded their 39th pick to the Washington Capitals for the 44th and 74th pick. With the 44th overall pick the Sabres selected Eric Cornel. Cornel, of the OHL, most recently played with the Peterborough Petes. He had 62 points with 25 goals and 37 assists in 68 regular season games this season.
The Sabres chose Vaclav Karabacek with the 49th overall pick.