'Stafford won a gold medal with the US at the World Junior Championships, playing on the fourth line. He's a very good skater, and at #13 the Sabres went away from that plan to take defense and took the best player on the board.'
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'''I don't think it's sunk in yet,'' said Kaleta, a native of Angola, N.Y. ''I'm still in awe.'''
When everybody started sliding, we thought that we might get him at 14th pick, GM Kevin Lowe said. As soon as Minny took Thelen …
'"Ideally, all things being equal, the preference might have been to have a defenseman, but nobody thought Stafford would be there," Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier said. "It was too good to pass up."'
'Neither Funk nor Sekera will play professionally for at least one year, probably more. Both are expected to play junior hockey next season. Funk won't reach voting age until August. Sekera turned 18 this month.'
'"I haven't really had the chance to sit down with Buffalo and see what their plans are for me," he said.'
'"I'm happy to go to such a great organization. They're a young team, coming up. They have new ownership, and I'm looking forward to working my way up."'
'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.'
'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.'