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Live from Day Two of the NHL draft

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Greetings from Xcel Energy Center, where it's Day Two of the NHL draft. The Sabres said the trade of Robyn Regehr to Buffalo has not been registered yet with the NHL. When it is, we'll let you know.

Just got off the phone with Brian Campbell, who was dealt to Florida. He seems excited about the opportunity to help rebuild the Panthers in the same way he helped Chicago build toward a Stanley Cup. The audio of the chat will be up shortly.

The second round starts in a few minutes. The Sabres do not have a second-round pick, but Kevin Devine, the director of amateur scouting, was hopeful they could get one.

Stay here for updates throughout rounds two through seven.

11:13 a.m.: THE TRADE HAS BEEN MADE OFFICIAL. The Sabres send Paul Byron and Chris Butler to Calgary for Robyn Regehr, Ales Kotalik and the Flames' second-round pick today in 2012, which will be either No. 45 or 57.

11:17 a.m.: This is my fourth straight draft, but I'd forgotten how fast picks fly on the second day. They have already made six in about six minutes.

11:18 a.m.: Niagara Falls' Adam Clendening gets selected by the Chicago Blackhawks with the 36th overall pick. Clendending is here, and we'll have a chat with him.

11:40 a.m.: Correction: The Sabres will receive the Flames' second-round pick in 2012, not today. Just talked with Clendening and Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier. I'll have their audio up shortly.

11:42 a.m.: Alexander Ruuttu, the son of former Sabres forward Christian, has been selected 51st overall by Phoenix.

11:46 a.m.: Sabres owner Terry Pegula and coach Lindy Ruff have flown to visit Regehr at his home to welcome him to the organization.

11:56 a.m.: The audio of Darcy Regier's chat is up.

11:57 a.m.: Just talked with Jay Feaster, the Flames' GM. He says the move brings much-needed salary cap relief to his team, and he also feels Chris Butler will step in and play while Byron will contend for a spot.

12:02 p.m.: The audio of the Brian Campbell chat is up.

12:07 p.m.: The Sabres have selected Daniel Catenacci with their third-round pick, 77th overall. The center was the 37th-ranked North American skater.

12:31 p.m.: The audio of Catenacci's chat is up.

12:32 p.m.: The draft is now into the third pick of the fourth round. The Sabres have the 16th.

12:40 p.m.: The audio of Clendening's chat is up. It seems like forever since I talked to him. A trade on Day Two changes the dynamics of the morning for sure.

12:44 p.m.: The Sabres are up.

12:46 p.m.: The Sabres select Colin Jacobs.

1:10 p.m.: The audio and video of Colin Jacobs is up.

1:11 p.m.: The draft is flying. The Sabres are almost up in Round Five.

1:16 p.m.: The Sabres select Alex Lepkowski, a defenseman from West Seneca.

1:24 p.m.: Lepkowski is a 6-foot-4, 212-pound defenseman who plays for Barrie of the OHL. He was not ranked by Central Scouting, but Kris Baker of SabresProspects.com alerted me to him last week.

1:40 p.m.: The Sabres are on the clock.

1:42 p.m.: Buffalo makes Nathan Lieuwen, a goalie from Kootenay who played with prospect Brayden McNabb, its sixth-round selection.

1:55 p.m.: The Vancouver Canucks are getting heckled badly, and they have been throughout the draft. They're up in the sixth round, and a few folks are loudly yelling to their table that they need a new goalie.

2:02 p.m.: Colorado selects Dillon Donnelly, son of Gord, with the second pick in the seventh round.

2:12 p.m.: Just got off the phone with Alex Lepkowski. Obviously, he said the day couldn't have gone better to be drafted by his hometown team.

2:16 p.m.: The Sabres select, with their final pick, Brad Navin, a Wisconsin high school kid ranked No. 163. He is here at the draft.

2:19 p.m., Well, got plenty of interviews to transcribe and stories to write, so that'll do it. Thanks for reading!

---John Vogl

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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