(Born August 24, 1967) -- Baseball has a term for a player who is too good for the minors and not quite good enough for regular duty in the majors -- a “4-A” player. If that term was used in hockey, Ken Priestlay would be a good fit for it.
Priestlay was drafted by the Sabres and exploded in his last year of junior, scoring 145 points in 72 games for Victoria. That earned him a shot with the Sabres in 1986-87, where he scored 11 goals in 34 games.
During the next three seasons, Priestlay split his time between Rochester and Buffalo. He never failed to average more than a point per game with the Americans.
Priestlay left the Sabres organization in 1990, joining Team Canada. He signed with Pittsburgh and played in 49 games for the Penguins in 1991-92. That earned him a Stanley Cup ring. It also was his last stop in the NHL.
However, the speedy center wasn’t done with hockey. He played five years with the Sheffield Steelers in England. Priestlay’s high point was getting 98 points in 36 games in 1995-96.
--- Budd Bailey