'The Buffalo Sabres selected defenseman Andrej Sekera with the 71st pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Last season, Sekera appeared in 42 games for Trencin, scoring 5 goals and 12 assists for 17 points. The Bojnice, Slovakia native, also registered 16 penalty minutes.'
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'The Buffalo Sabres select Michael Funk of the Portland Winter Hawks of the WHL with the 43rd overall selection. Funk, who is a solid two-way defenseman, scored 3 goals and 25 assists in 71 games, while posting 86 penalty minutes.'
'The Milwaukee, Wisconsin native, is considered a smart player who can play multiple positions.'
Listed at 6-foot-1 and 202 pounds, Stafford is considered a strong and mobile skater, who is considered more of a set-up man. Just as important, scouts have noted his defensive play and a willingness to play a hard-checking style.
'You're projected to be a first round pick in the upcoming NHL entry draft. Does that put any more pressure on you to perform well in the NCAA post-season? Well, it's definitely an honor to be considered such a high draft pick. But, being drafted at all is such a privilege that I am thankful I will have an opportunity to do so. It doesn't really put that much pressure on me at all though. I don't think about anything but playing as well as I can every night and helping the team to the best of my abilities.'
'"The NHL scouts look at size, speed, strength, and knowledge of the game," UND head coach Dean Blais said. "And he's got all of that."'
'A college teammate of former first-rounder Zach Praise, Stafford had 11 goals and 21 assists in 36 games as a freshman with the Fighting Sioux. His father, Gord, played minor league hockey from 1980-87 and his uncle, Barrie, is the equipment manager for the Edmonton Oilers.'