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Sabres' selection of Andreychuk voted as NHL's best No. 16 draft pick ever

By John Vogl

Dave Andreychuk was a steal at the NHL draft.

The big forward put up 58 goals and 101 points in 67 junior-league games heading into the 1982 selection process. Still, 15 players went before him.

The Sabres finally snatched him up at No. 16 after they'd taken Phil Housley at No. 6 and Paul Cyr at No. 9. Andreychuk went on to have a 1,639-game career with 640 goals, 698 assists and 1,338 points. He led his draft class in goals and was second in points to Doug Gilmour, who had 1,414 as a seventh-round selection by St. Louis.

NHL.com, as a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first draft, is looking back at the best first-round selections. The panel has made the Andreychuk pick the best No. 16 ever.

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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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