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When they won the fateful wheel spin against the Vancouver Canucks prior to the start of the 1970-71 season the Buffalo Sabres got a nice jump start compared to most expansion franchises. When the #11 came up on the wheel, one of the numbers the Sabres had chosen, the club was awarded the #1 overall pick in the NHL Entry Draft. With that pick they selected highly touted French Canadian prospect Gilbert Perreault. The rest, as they say, is history.
Perreault would swiftly become one of the most dominant players of his era, and when joined by Rick Martin and Rene Robert, helped form one of the greatest offensive lines in NHL history – the French Connection Line. That trio would make the Sabres a force throughout the 1970s and though they didn’t win a Stanley Cup they threw a scare into some powerful teams on more than one occasion.
The 1980s were something of a lost decade for the Sabres. Yes, they iced some great players including Pierre Turgeon, Phil Housley, Dave Andreychuk and Tom Barrasso, but though they enjoyed moderate regular season success they were unable to translate it into a deep post-season run.
The 1990s were a different story. In the early part of the decade the arrival of players like Pat LaFontaine and Alexander Mogilny gave the Sabres some bona fide NHL superstars. However, even these stars couldn’t get the team over the hump and make them a legitimate Stanley Cup contender. It wasn’t until the arrival of Czech goaltender Dominik Hasek that the club really started to set the rest of the NHL powerhouses on edge.
Hasek’s unorthodox style confounded opposing shooters, and he routinely stole games the Sabres had no business winning. He racked up an amazing 6 Vezina Trophies and 2 Hart Trophies along the way, but his most impressive time with the club came in the 1999 playoff run when he almost single-handedly took the team to the Stanley Cup Finals. The squad would eventually bow out in overtime of the 6th game of the series, losing on a controversial goal by Brett Hull. The run would mark the high point of the franchise to date.
Today’s Buffalo Sabres team is very reminiscent of that 1999 club. IN net they have defending Vezina Trophy winner, Ryan Miller, the defending Calder Trophy winner in towering defenseman Tyler Myers, and up front they have a balanced scoring attack featuring Thomas Vanek, Derek Roy, Jason Pominville, Tyler Ennis and Drew Stafford. If Miller can get hot during the playoffs like Hasek did back in 1999 then this team certainly has a dark horse chance of capturing their first Stanley Cup.